According to the latest WWE Rumors, two legendary figures are helping with creative while wrestling.
Most WWE superstars have extremely little influence on creative decisions, even those dealing with their own characters. It’s been a cause of frustration over the years for many wrestlers working in Vince McMahon’s company, especially since the workplace is so micromanaged and inefficient. Even Vince himself has told talent that the system is broken.
But there are some super experienced wrestlers who have a lot of creative leeway. You know, people like John Cena and Brock Lesnar.
According to the Wrestling Observer News’ Dave Meltzer, via WrestleTalk’s Louis Dangoor, there are two legendary wrestlers in WWE who have a “significant creative influence, Daniel Bryan and Edge.
Bryan’s influence can be seen in Drew Gulak’s rise this year as his training partner and an Intercontinental Title contender. Gulak was a big star on 205 Live and has shown he has the tools to make a difference in the mid-card scene on Friday Night SmackDown. Vince should definitely value Bryan’s insight, as he’s more than just arguably the greatest technical wrestler in WWE history. He’s also one of the greatest characters in WWE history.
Edge returned to WWE earlier this year in memorable fashion at the Royal Rumble, beginning a feud with Randy Orton that featured two excellent matches at WrestleMania 36 and Backlash. The Rated R Superstar’s mind for the business is as legendary as his promo skills, so it’s no surprise to hear about his creative influence.
Meltzer writes that he’s been told Edge and Bryan are viewed as “part of the writing teams” for Raw, Edge, and SmackDown, Bryan. It’s also interesting to note that Bryan isn’t wrestling right now due to the risk of contracting COVID-19, while Edge isn’t wrestling due to a tricep injury.
WWE needs to give more wrestlers freedom, but it’s good to see that at least two of their best and most seasoned wrestlers are getting a chance to help the product. Bruce Prichard is writing both Raw and SmackDown now under Vince, so they could use the help from two tried-and-true veteran grapplers.