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WWE News: The Real Reason WWE Fired One Of Their Head Writers Last Week

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It seems that the WWE has been going through a “change” of sorts. For the last few weeks, they have made “budget cutting” moves that many were not happy about, but simply had to be done. WWE even cut out unneeded expenses like Bad New Barrett’s lift and Fandando’s gold curtain that one truck would carry, saving them a quarter million a year alone.

WWE also fired a large number of staff and roster members. One in particular that puzzled many fans was the release of one of WWE’s head writers, Jay Gibson. Gibson mainly wrote for WWE RAW. Many felt that cutting a head writer didn’t make much sense, especially Gibson who had only been with WWE for 5 months. Many would think he had limited time to impress, however it made perfect sense to cut him to those within WWE.

Apparently Gibson’s release was not a budget move, the relationship with he and WWE was simply not working out.

Gibson didn’t actually write anything himself. Rather, he put a team of writers together to work on specific storylines for shows or work with different wrestlers. Gibson himself didn’t have much knowledge about the WWE product, which is probably why he gathered up those to help who actually were familiar with what was going on. WWE hired Gibson mainly because of his entertainment credits.

WWE has hired movie or TV writers before to help them, as the wrestling writer seemed to be dead in WWE’s eyes.

Due to the fact Gibson rarely if ever wrote a show for WWE, his release will not really affect WWE. His delegation a daily basis meant that without him, WWE could function well. The sign you don’t need someone is when you are the same with them or without them, and Gibson was simply not needed.

This basically means WWE shows will not take much of a bump, so storylines and angles most likely won’t change drastically if at all.

When Vince McMahon fired head writers or simply reassigned them, a lot of new material was seen on TV. Gibson was let go almost two weeks ago and nothing has really changed. Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise and that the current angles will be extended heading into SummerSlam in August.

WWE has a lot of material to use with Daniel Bryan comes back and currently The Shield members are at the height of their popularity, so it will be interesting to see what WWE decides to do in the coming months with all four individuals. Many feel WWE could surprise us at the Money in the Bank PPV with some new material, but we shall see.

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54 Responses to “WWE News: The Real Reason WWE Fired One Of Their Head Writers Last Week”

  1. Anonymous

    The wrestling that I watched years ago, didn't have writers. This is all nonsense!

  2. Dana King

    Really, Do you really write this stuff? To solve all WWE problems simply move them to the cartoon network.

  3. Freddie Miller Jr

    Wrestling has ALWAYS had writers. 20 years ago? Pshh, I've been watching it since the 70s.

  4. Anonymous

    stop the bullying right the big men have lost to the little guy daniel B and it like is like when i was a kid the big man would lose but always want 1 more change but if the little guy lose he didn't get another change triple H is a big cry baby because he lose to the little man YES YES YES YES

  5. Clifton Norwood III

    Happens when you lost $350 million in 1 day.

  6. Thomas LeDoux

    Well there is going to be changes whether you folks think there won't be. Actually I have a feeling Vince is about to blow the minds of the WWE Universe in this next major event and I have a very strong feeling what that's going to be but I'm not about to say what I actually think because it is such a surprise, I just can't talk on it. One thing I will tell you is that John Cena will not be changing face. It would be ludicrous to do so. That man has worked harder than anyone I've ever seen in the WWE, not to forget to mention the fact that he's done an absolute wonderful, never seen before effort and job with the Make A Wish Foundation. You don't want to miss this Money In The Bank event because something is going to happen BIG TIME. All that rub about the WWE stocks taking a nose dive is HOG WASH. Oh they went down alright but they're going to go right back up because I've been watching Vince since 1977 and he really is "The Man" and we're in for one really big surprise, probably totally thought up by Vince McMahon as well and I can't wait for this event. The live stream on the WWE Network is working beautifully other than maybe for the folks that think they can still run on XP with a P-4 computer. Those will have problems but very far and few between because I own one. Another thing you should know is that there is a few internet providers such as Century Link who have cut the power of their high speed down to a trickle compared to what it used to be and that alone can cause problems with streaming but it seems to be working fine on my end. You know how I know that about Century Link ? They told me they did it but promised me up and down that speed will be restored but they haven't a clue when that's going to happen. They literally lowered the speed so they could sell their high speed service on an international level at the cost of its customers. The WWE is NOT to blame at all…. As far as I'm concerned, the WWE Network is the very best thing that's ever happened to the WWE or Pro Wrestling for that matter and once again Vince McMahon is the reason. You had better be tuned into this event and that's all I've got to say…………..

  7. Jimmy John

    they are 50/50 with their writing and scripts. Some of their scripts are the greatest and out of this world. Others are the dumbest ever and need to go. They have definitely gotten away from the core story lines and actual wresting. Now wrestlers get into the ring and talk through their skits, sometimes not even wrestling. Its ok to get into the ring, wrestle a good match, talk smack before and after. But just coming out, spouting off something dumb and ridiculous, and then leave, is not entertainment. The whole puking on other people thing and pouring stuff on people and things like that, we can all do without. I feel that had to extend raw to 3 hours because they had to make room for all the stupid skits and talking. Could you imagine they went back to the core of wrestling and have the 3 hour raw? There would probably be a lot of great matches. The best thing they have done in a LONG time is the shield and the wyatts,… which they have ruined already, but splitting the shield and separating the wyatts for separate titles. If anything, with all the star power they have, they need to make more 3 man or even 4 man combos. Have the shield, the wyatts, and then have rick flair create another 4 horseman and let HHH have is evolution, then create another 3MB maybe to have a 3 man team to beat up on, and form others like the USO'S and the ROCK, since they are cousins, and Kurt angle (when he comes back) with Jack Swagger and Casero, Kofe Kingston with R-truth and Titus Oneal. Then create a new championship belt for 3 man teams, WWE world triple team title. You could also make a WWE world triple mixed team title, and add a diva to a 2 man team, or 2 divas and 1 man. Now that would be great , new, exciting writing.

  8. Joe Burgett

    As Freddie claimed, wrestling HAS always had it's share of writers. Back in the day, it just wasn't known and if you claimed it was fake, a wrestler would kill you almost. Only those within the business knew it wasn't real for sure. That's when kayfabe was invented

  9. Debi Licciardo

    When WWE had Rock, Stone Cold, Hardy Boys, Rakishi, Dudley Boys, and Shane McMahon etc. the story lines were funny and entertaining now WWE is boring, so I have stopped watching it and going to the live shows.

  10. Ron Lopez

    Fake sports entertainment with 'writers'…the dumbing-down of America continues. Hey, how about those Kardashians? (GROAN)

  11. Anonymous

    The man thing would be good with the right story lines like they had back in the day with teams like The Free Birds and Von Erichs back in the day. I could watch the Shield and Wyatts going at it and maybe a few more tag teams adding a partner like the Ussos , not sold on Koffi word has back stage he's an asshole. But there are others that could surprise us with some creative writing.

  12. Anonymous

    The 2 main title belts need to be separate again. I predict it will happen at money in the bank.

  13. Jumanji Lee

    If you are going to cite evidence as to why it was entertaining….you could at least use better examples than Rikishi and Shane Mcmahon.

  14. John Loughry

    and this is their biggest problem:

    WWE has hired movie or TV writers before to help them, as the wrestling writer seemed to be dead in WWE’s eyes.

    You can tell without someone who actually knows the history of the business and instead typically writes for sitcoms or movies that the WWE product is stale and predictable, I didn't really understand the point of half assing the return of Evolution, especially when they knew Batista wasn't going to be there for much longer (he left to go promote Guardians of the Galaxy), that was unneeded.

    I think those higher up need to realize that they aren't making sitcoms or a movie production every week…. They need to get back to great wrestling and not end a rivalry in 2 weeks….

  15. Anonymous

    "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"
    Really? I don't. For the past year or so, I have been horribly disappointed. Story lines are started and then abandoned, lots of teases that just disappear and are never mentioned again. They need to have some storylines that develop. They planned on releasing a bunch of people; why not have one of those people built into a loser leavesWWE over a few months (like McINtrye and Slater)

  16. Anonymous

    "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"
    Really? I don't. For the past year or so, I have been horribly disappointed. Story lines are started and then abandoned, lots of teases that just disappear and are never mentioned again. They need to have some storylines that develop. They planned on releasing a bunch of people; why not have one of those people built into a loser leavesWWE over a few months (like McINtrye and Slater)

  17. Anonymous

    "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"
    Really? I don't. For the past year or so, I have been horribly disappointed. Story lines are started and then abandoned, lots of teases that just disappear and are never mentioned again. They need to have some storylines that develop. They planned on releasing a bunch of people; why not have one of those people built into a loser leavesWWE over a few months (like McINtrye and Slater)

  18. Anonymous

    "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"
    Really? I don't. For the past year or so, I have been horribly disappointed. Story lines are started and then abandoned, lots of teases that just disappear and are never mentioned again. They need to have some storylines that develop. They planned on releasing a bunch of people; why not have one of those people built into a loser leavesWWE over a few months (like McINtrye and Slater)

  19. Anonymous

    "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"
    Really? I don't. For the past year or so, I have been horribly disappointed. Story lines are started and then abandoned, lots of teases that just disappear and are never mentioned again. They need to have some storylines that develop. They planned on releasing a bunch of people; why not have one of those people built into a loser leavesWWE over a few months (like McINtrye and Slater)

  20. Anonymous

    We need the NWA from the 80's and Real ECW back from the 90's. That was the best wrestling you'll ever see. Everything after has been mediocre garbage.

  21. Steve Oh

    Jesus Christ, does anyone proof read this stuff. I think I need to get into writing articles for Yahoo, if this moron can get paid for this horribly written crap why can't I.

  22. Joe Burgett

    I'd love for it to. Orton pulling the WWE Title and Bray Wyatt pulling the other. Neither wanting to give up the one they feel they rightfully won. It could make an interesting dynamic, plus make things better with the now two World Titles again instead of one

  23. Joe Burgett

    Paul Woe Honestly, if you watch NXT, the stuff that Triple H fully controls, you'll see an amazing product which only could mean HHH could make that same sort of thing happen each week with full control. On the main roster, Vince is the last say on everything

  24. Joe Burgett

    Jumanji Lee I liked both Rikishi and Shane McMahon myself. But I will say that WWE has a lot of good material. The issue is that people want another Attitude Era and simply put, there's no use for that anymore. Back when WWE was trying to get attention, sure, AE it up. But today? There's no need, so why bring that back? WWE was TV-14 and losing ratings, which is why they went to PG. Their ratings actually did well and they make far more money than they did before

  25. Joe Burgett

    No, I don't write any of my articles. Magic elves do it and I get the money, then pay them in candy. And sadly no, Cartoon Network would not solve anything for WWE

  26. Joe Burgett

    Annoyed Movie Fan You are right a bit. Vince actually came out on RAW before the show began and told fans about a new era in WWE and gave away the secret on TV. Of course he also did this in other forums as well. It was not on Behind the Mat though, that was an independent project which some WWE talent was in

  27. Joe Burgett

    I agree and disagree, John. I agree that WWE should bring in people who know the product, but I also think that bringing in people who know the entertainment world would only help WWE in trying to relate to different audiences.

  28. Joe Burgett

    Let's put it this way, if you don't watch then you don't know. And if you do watch each week, then you do not need to complain as WWE is keeping you interested enough to tune in.

    And WWE does not do "loser leaves WWE" matches for those they plan to release. That is wrong to do. For guys who are voluntarily leaving, that is different. WWE didn't want to cut them, they simply wanted to move on. So the talent worked out their contract. It's also used to build stories while guys go on break.

    For someone like Drew McIntyre, WWE let him go and it would have made no sense to literally fire him for real on RAW not planning to bring him back

  29. Michael Handy

    Is this really a claim that can be backed up? "Most feel that WWE is doing a great job storyline wise"

  30. John Surface

    Annoyed Movie Fan I have heard differently .. CM Punk is coming back , he is still on the roster … so he will be back

  31. Anonymous

    "This basically means WWE shows will not take much of a bump, so storylines and angles most likely won’t change drastically if at all."

    And that is the entire problem. The stories are old and tired…

  32. Anonymous

    Maybe they fired him because his team came up with the horrible Adam Rose and all his whack-o pals intro.

  33. Gabe Tollin

    So explain to me how it saves them money to get rid of Bad News Barrett's podium, and Fandango's gold curtain…. Do they have to pay for those weekly? They don't own them? And wouldn't you save 20x the amount by removing the stupid pyro from the superstars that are used as pushovers anyways?

  34. Tommy Courtney

    okay lest see it this way

    Bad story lines
    1) Adam Rose ( the whole gimmick is bad )
    2) Anything more with Cena ( wont go into detail about that guy but PLEASE no more of seeing him )
    3) The push for Bray Wyatt should have gone over ( go back to my #2 )

    there is so much more that should happen ( but won't )