I couldn't help but think of that.
Anyhow, something that I've been thinking about lately is the proverbial "chicken and the egg" scenario. Is it the chicken? Is it the egg?
I've mostly heard this on Austin's podcast, but I know I've heard JR mention it on the Legends of Wrestling round-table discussions. It seems Austin, JR and other old-school guys are of the mindset that, if you want to be something in THIS BUSINESS, then it's on you. You have to be like Austin and say, "I ain't doing that. Here, let's try my way."
But then I'll hear those same guys, mostly Austin, say the young guys backstage don't do that because they're "walking on eggshells." In other words, WWE is so tightly scripted and controlled by the higher ups, that guys are just wanting to go along for the ride and do what they're told. Or as JR would say, they merely enjoy collecting a paycheck to be on television from time to time or in JTG's case, do nothing.
So, what is it? Is it that WWE's created an environment that's unwelcoming toward individuality, creativity and such? Or is it that guys need to grow ballsier in pushing their own visions? Saying, "Hey, we tried your stupid idea, now let's try mine. If it sinks, it sinks."
Isn't that what reportedly happened with Titus and his push to go heel against Young? Is that his fault that it fell flat or did WWE not give him enough tools to succeed?
Or is it a combination of both factors? WWE needs to have a welcoming environment toward cultivating individuality and superstars need to step it up?
We all know what happened with Ryder. Every time I hear Austin or JR or whoever say, "Guys just need to look at what Austin did," I think about Ryder's circumstances. And it baffles me. Anyhow...