One future WWE Hall of Famer believes today’s WWE product is still too soft. The Undertaker recently appeared as a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience, where he stated that WWE lacks a real edge regarding their presentation currently.
Taker says it’s on the talent themselves for that, who would rather emphasize flash instead of substance.
Rogan asked him if he enjoyed WWE as a fan or if he was too close to it? Undertaker answered, “I try. It’s tough right now for me because the product has changed so much. It’s kind of soft, you know?” Rogan responded with, “Are you going to get in trouble for saying that?” Here’s what the Undertaker said, “Probably, I’ll probably piss a lot of people off but they need to hear it. It is what it is. But to the young guys, ‘oh, he’s a bitter old guy.’ I’m not bitter, I did my time, I’m good. I walked away when I wanted to walk away. I just think the product is a little soft. These guys here and there that have an edge to them. But there is too much pretty and not enough substance, I think right now.”
The Phenom went into greater detail by elaborating on an issue he’s seeing. He puts it like this is an old versus young thing. For The Undertaker, “They’re trying, and it’s always been this way, but they’re trying to put something out for everybody. You know, and it’s like… some guys are into comedy shit and then there’s other guys that want to see the more hardcore type fighting. I think one of the big things that happened is that the generation before, we all got old at the same time. So there weren’t enough guys to work with the young guys. We can sit and talk and I could give you my theories on what you should do, you know ‘ you should do this’ or ‘maybe you should try this’ but until you actually can get in the ring and actually do it it doesn’t really translate a lot of times. And then you also have too many people that… they’re on the Internet. ‘Well, these guys on the Internet say I’m pretty fucking good.’ It’s like, okay, well, you can listen to them or you can listen to somebody who has been there and done it.”
“So I think they’re needed to, and you can’t help it, but there was just not enough merging of the young talent with the new talent. Like when we had Stone Cold, and Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, all these guys. We were all working together, and we were making money and we were drawing, and then we all just kinda aged out. I hung in there for a long time but we kind of aged out and then it just left all these young guys to learn with more young guys, and the product changed. The PC, the training center is helping, we’ve got Triple H, a great wrestler, he heads the whole thing, and he’s trying to get some of the toothpaste back in the tube. He’s trying to move it back to kind of take a step back to move forward to give the product a little more edge. I think that’s what it’s missing.”
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