WWE's creative team has made plenty of headlines in recent months, and it's for all the wrong reasons.
Dean Ambrose grew frustrated with the direction of his character and is leaving when his contract expires this month. Sasha Banks has taken time off to ponder her future with WWE - having grown upset about losing the Women's Tag Team Championships along with Bayley at WrestleMania 35.
The Revival and Mike and Maria Kanellis reportedly requested to be released back in January, though WWE wouldn't grant them. And earlier this week, Luke Harper announced on his Twitter page that he requested his release.
Former WWE Women's Champion and Impact Wrestling Hall of Famer Gail Kim talked about WWE's creative team in an interview with Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV (h/t Fightful.com), and she wasted no time taking a shot at Vince McMahon's company.
"Our business is such a monopoly right now and Vince is the main man, WWE is the main company and they have a lot of money...Whatever it is, they have that control over you and for me I experienced the company twice and I know it's a place that I would never want to return to. It was not a great time both times in my life, not just my career.
So if I'm in a position where I'm able to speak up then I'm going to and wrestling fans are very passionate and the majority of them are very supportive but of course you're going to get the fans that don't want to hear the bad things. But at the same time, they have to realize that I'm speaking for the people that they're watching and love."
Kim also emphasized that she thinks Impact's creative team "is better than WWE," and said she's only hearing "from the general fan base is how badly the creative is right now in WWE." And for what it's worth, Kim also doesn't see why WWE would induct her into their Hall of Fame, saying she "never did anything" there.
A handful of WWE writers have quit in April alone, and there have been reports that members of the creative team are getting fed up with the orders of Vince McMahon. Robert Evans left WWE earlier this month, reportedly getting fired by Vince after Bret Hart's speech at the Hall of Fame ceremony. Evans took to Twitter and said he actually quit the company.
Kim made some strong points in comparing the creative side of both companies. WWE is losing Ambrose, and a handful of their top talents have grown dissatisfied to the point where they want to leave.
What This Means
Kim left the WWE in 2011 after frustration and disagreements with creative, so her opinion here certainly has some meaning. She experienced firsthand what it's like working with a group of writers that don't fulfill the needs of fans and wrestlers, and it's up to WWE to learn from past mistakes and make things right again for everybody.