Last week, Monday Night Raw’s script was leaked online. The script can be viewed here, but good luck reading it. The monstrosity is 28 pages long and instructs wrestlers on way more than could have been fathomed.
Wrestlers were given line-by-line instructions and were even told how they should respond with facial expressions. This extreme amount of hand-holding angered the legendary Jim Cornette who took to social media to let WWE have it. On September 5th, he voiced his outrage with this tweet…
RAW “script” leaked on internet–28 pgs for 3 hrs–BULLS***–best wrestling TV ever was 1 page format and let wrestlers do their jobs–
Then, he jabbed directly at the writers. Since no outright cursing is in this tweet, it’ll get posted in directly…
Another gem came later as well…
Some say today’s talent need “scripts” to speak–I say train them properly in the right place (a la
@ovwrestling ) & that s***’s not needed
Personally, I agree with Cornette. Allowing individuals to develop their characters without having agents and scriptwriters holding their hands every step of the way gives them more of a chance to be a breakout star. Put those workers in a sink or swim situation. Many will sink, yes. But the ones who rise to the occasion will have the chance to a breakout star in ways that could never be scripted.
Imagine how lame the Attitude Era would have been if Stone Cold or The Rock had to memorize every line they spoke. They had way more control over what they said and what moves they did. Jericho recounts on his Talk Is Jericho podcast frequently how he would often be given a finish only during his WCW matches. The old-timers figured out how the matches would play out amongst themselves, sometimes in the ring as the match was happening.
Sure, there were guys like Randy Savage and DDP who would plan matches step-for-step in the past eras, but they were considered the anomalies of their time. Thankfully there are still house shows, where improv is still okay.
So what do you think? Is Cornette being too hard on the current product? I threw my opinion in on the matter, so you know I agree with him. Add your thoughts below in the comments section. And as always, remember to look me up on Twitter @MitchNickelson.