Al Snow was recently interviewed by the UK Sun and addressed what he called a common misconception about Vince McMahon not allowing talent to be creative on their own:
“Those were opportunities that I mishandled – I didn’t have enough of an understanding or knowledge to take full advantage.
“At that time, I made the mistake that a lot of pro wrestlers do and pointed the finger at everyone else and and never took responsibility for not succeeding.
“I was given a stage and platform. The Avatar character was new and different and neat, but knowing what I know now, I could have made that so much more than what it was.
Vince McMahon genuinely wants every wrestler to succeed. He’s a businessman.
Not to mention his ego. The more his wrestlers succeed, the more his business succeeds, the more he succeeds – and he gets to take credit.
Guys misunderstand – in WWE Vince gives you creative freedom."