WWE's interview segments are suffering from an identity crisis: Most of them don't have one. There are currently SEVEN WWE talk shows on the books. Outside of a lazy, tacked-on velvet rope on MVP's VIP Lounge, can anybody name a distinguishable difference among the shows other than the type of chairs used? Go ahead, I'll wait.
For those whose childhood fell in WWE's Golden Era, there was a SLEW of interview segments oozing with personality - Piper's Pit, The Body Shop, The Snake Pit, The Brother Love Show, The Barber Shop, The Funeral Parlor - the one thing WWE understood at the time was that these segments weren't just timeslot fillers, they were an extension of the interviewer's personality itself. While the characters of today might not be as colorful as they were 30 years ago, the untapped potential is still there. By no means is your writer suggesting that WWE should adopt ALL of these concepts, but certainly some are worth more of a look than the cut-and-paste barstools and cardboard sign arrangement they're working with now.
15. The Boardroom With The Robert Stone Brand
One of the chief issues with a bloated, at times unwieldy WWE roster is that countless superstars are lost in the shuffle through sheer lack of exposure. Granted, several have been able to break through and lay the foundation for their identity. Others still may need a platform, say The Robert Stone Brand, to start building their own.
By now it's understood that the Robert Stone character is meant to be a not-so-veiled shot across the bow to a certain competitor of WWE. Stone is portrayed as a hapless, bumbling idiot who fails to recruit superstars at every turn, loses clients he signs in a matter of weeks, and retains one client that has nowhere else to go. In short, the character is spinning its wheels.
Why not change the narrative? Provide a boardroom setting with assistant Aliyah lining up three interviews with struggling talent each week. Depending on each interviewee's alignment, they can either accept or decline Stone's offer to join. The Robert Stone Brand gains traction and builds a decent stable, struggling names get TV time, mid-card and preliminary feuds are built and nobody loses.