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Top 12 Issues Facing the WWE Right Now

To say that the WWE is having some problems right now would be quite the understatement. From Vince McMahon losing a reported $350 million to various top stars getting injured, it has been an uphill battle for the top wrestling promotion in the world. There have been some major attempts to move forward by the promotion, with things like the WWE Network coming out and the creation of the WWE Performance Center, but with each step forward the promotion seems to be taking two steps back. These instances make fans wonder what those leading the WWE are thinking when it comes to making these decisions and more importantly, what are they going to do to get themselves out of the bad situation that they put themselves in.

So with that in mind, this list is designed to look at the biggest issues that the WWE is dealing with at the moment and, in some cases, a reasonable and thrifty solution to the problem. Some of the issues may seem bigger than others, but nonetheless they need to be addressed sooner rather than later, otherwise the WWE runs the risk of falling into the problems WCW faced a little more than a decade ago before its eventual downfall and closure. This is not to say that this is an imminent threat for the WWE, but rather the start of a little snowball that could eventually grow into something big enough to cause Indiana Jones to run. Only time will tell if the WWE will right the ship and change course out of the slump they are in, though if history is any reference, they should be able to stay afloat.

12 Former Stars Speaking Out

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11 Fan Reaction

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10 The WWE Network

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9 Massive Cuts

8 Valueless Titles

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7 Outdated Mindset

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6 Too Many Shows

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5 Injuries

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4 No Direction for Most of Roster

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3 Constant Changing of Faces and Heels

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2 No Real Competition and Complacency

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1 No New Established Stars

Wrestling promoters never want to fix what they feel isn't broken, especially when it comes to their top stars. Hulk Hogan ruled the 80s and early 90s in the WWE, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in the mid-90s, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in the late 90s and early 2000s, and now it's been John Cena for the past eight years. The problem here is that since a promoter only builds up a few top stars, they neglect other members of the roster that they could be building up for when the time comes to replace a top star who is on the way out. People like to say that wrestling is cyclical, in that it has periods where it is red hot followed by periods where things become stagnant and boring. What they do not seem to realize is that this is because they don't build up stars to replace current stars who are becoming stale with the fans. The WWE made slight attempts to combat this by using CM Punk and more recently Daniel Bryan, but both of those were derailed for various reasons. This left John Cena as the face of the company, much to the chagrin of numerous fans. If promoters ever want to break the so-called “hot/cold cycle,” they need to continually build stars that can be pulled up at a moment’s notice to take the place of another performer.

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