In the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has shed some more light on the ongoing backstage to-and-fro between WWE chief Vince McMahon and his son-in-law Triple H.
According to Meltzer, reports that Hunter is frustrated with McMahon are true but contrary to reports his main bugbear is not McMahon being closed to suggestions and ideas but rather that he is too open to them.
Apparently Vince is willing to listen to anyone and everyone, which causes original plans to go out of the window and ideas to be watered down and changed beyond recognition. Meltzer writes:
“We’re told that there has been too much input from too many people on the team who haven’t figured out that when you change something in a story, it has a ripple effect on every aspect of the story.”
The piece also talks about McMahon’s current work load, which sees him spend most nights in the office until around 3 a.m. before enjoying a “quiet day” with an 8 p.m. finish on Fridays. At the weekend Vince works out, spends him watching football then goes back to work.
Meltzer theorises that once the XFL launches something will have to change, because in 2001 when WWE tried the XFL the first time it put an incredible pressure on Vince and his staff, taking up much of their time, and WWE’s output suffered immensely as a result of that. That was 18 years ago when McMahon was a lot younger.
However, the belief is also that Vince will never step down from his position and allow others to take the reins, so chances are he will remain at the helm and will be perhaps even more open to the ideas of anyone and everyone. As recent television has shown, that is not a positive.
Regarding the creative input of the McMahon family members, it is said that Triple H does talk with Vince when he feels he needs to but “picks his spots” and only every disagrees with him in private. Stephanie, contrary to popular belief, is not involved in the creative and has no part in any decisions made on that front. Shane McMahon, as has always been the case for him over the years, pitches ideas for himself that don’t get used.