Originally posted by oldschoolheroThe problem is that at this stage, the guy can't win. Every time he takes a big step like this - clearing out thirteen guys for a month, cracking down on the wellness policy, sending these letters out - the only thing that gets said is "well of COURSE he's doing it to cover his own ass". It's really very unfair.
Maybe people wouldn't think so little of him if they weren't aware of his past. Incidents like dumping the drug testing back in the 90's as soon as the previous scandal had cooled down and publically mocking congress on TV when they even dare suggest wrestling has a drug problem doesn't help his reputation.
Some of the guys on the suspension list had been receiving prescriptions as recently as this year according to the investigation yet none of them were suspended until an outside source named names. And then there's Randy Orton who escaped suspension because they needed him for his main event program. You can argue people are too hard on Vince, but in this case the only reason for the suspensions was PR.
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The Orton thing is speculative silliness - according to Bryan Alvarez, Orotn wasn't even on the DA's list of wrestlers, but an inaccuracy in the Sports Illustrated story.
And to be honest, Congress getting involved in this miasma of crap IS worth mockery. There's a lot more going on in this world that they sit on their hands about, and the fact that they can only rouse themselves to look at this - and only after the press work themselves into a frenzy over it - is kinda sad. The Congressional hearings against Vince aren't any more noble than you say this letter is - they're an easy knockout on a publicly-derided figure that's sure to grab some headlines. Why isn't that supposed self-interest being talked about?
And again, what does getting pissy and cynical about this actually DO? Moves like this need to be supported, adn vocally. Fans need to sit up and say "good on you, WWE. Keep this up!" instead of getting caught up in the usual "oh that evil Vince" BS.
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Originally posted by oldschoolheroThe problem is that at this stage, the guy can't win. Every time he takes a big step like this - clearing out thirteen guys for a month,
Well. Shortening 30 day suspensions to 28 (they're supposedly coming back on 10/1) so people can make TV, after waiting until they all did one extra bon voyage date, doesn't really point to an overly serious disciplinary gesture.
cracking down on the wellness policy,
Has this happened at all?
I agree with you (and others) in that this is an exemplary gesture regardless of what brought it about. The timing is what we all know it is, but at least something immensely positive has come out of it.
I don't blame anyone for acknowledging that this is strategic on their part, or that it would never have happened without Congress getting involved in this miasma of crap. WWE has kind of completely eroded their credibility over the last three months, from "Benoit's last test was clean (but his previous two weren't)" to "our Wellness Policy is the best (but all these guys were ordering drugs from an internet pharmacy in 2006-07 and somehow passing our tests)."
People are probably reluctant to say "good on you, WWE, keep this up" because chances are, they said the same thing when they brought back drug testing and don't want to feel like an idiot. Getting back to the point, though, even as a strategic goodwill move, this is far above and beyond any number of empty gestures they could've thrown out there for PR.
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