WWE chairman Vince McMahon has received heavy criticism for his managing and handling of the current product during the PG Era - but he's finally accepted the fact that changes have to be made.
According to Fightful Select (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside News), McMahon is finally "coming to grips with the fact that the program needs to be upgraded," although others will "wait and see" if he's actually committed to making them.
Well, McMahon did hire Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to take over as the Executive Directors of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively. That was practically Vince admitting that he wasn't able to fix this on his own, and that he needed help from two successful executives to turn the show around.
It's been clear for a while that WWE's product in 2019 has been far from entertaining and enjoyable for fans. Television ratings have been significantly down throughout 2019, and attendance for some shows - including the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view - were extremely low.
It was reported two months ago that Vince was rejecting ideas from anybody, including his two children plus Triple H and long-time producer Bruce Prichard. Well, the WWE chairman has finally come to realize that all his ideas and plans aren't working - and that change was required.
The rise of AEW has added more pressure on WWE to change up their programs and give fans more of what they really want. In his first week as Executive Director of Raw, Heyman brought back doses of the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era. This included the segment where Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman set off fireworks backstage after crashing through the LED screen. And things promise to get more chaotic from here on out under Heyman's watch.
What This Means
Vince has been running the WWE for four decades now, but he's often failed to get with the real times and not recognize what changes fans have wanted. By giving powerful roles to Heyman and Bischoff, Vince is finally doing what's best for the WWE and its fans - which will help him stay ahead of AEW.