Mike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier has a fantastic article now online looking at WWE's 'creative rut' that features quotes from WWE producer Arn Anderson. In it, Anderson talked about Dolph Ziggler giving it everything he's got and firmly put over all three members of The Wyatt Family. Below are some excerpts:
Arn Anderson on Dolph Ziggler:
"He gives everything he's got, and he does some really phenomenal, athletic stuff," said Anderson. "What goes on behind the scenes as far as politics and all that, I try to stay away from. I just do the bell-to-bell stuff because it's way above my pay grade."
Shawn Michaels was around a long time before they cut him out and put him in the singles spotlight. Shawn and Marty (Jannetty) must have gotten fired five times from everywhere. What I'm hoping is, not necessarily through attrition, but through a lack of other guys being able to be produced, that Dolph will get a second look in a separate setting. And then maybe he'll get a chance."
Arn Anderson on The Wyatt Family:
"Bray Wyatt is a kid that is so talented," said Anderson. "He's so borderline creepy and a genius. There's that thin line they say . he's the poster child for that. You can't not listen to him. When he starts talking, he captivates you."
"The other two are so unique. Big Red (Erick Rowan), as we call him, scares me to death. I'm scared to speak to the guy. And the other kid, (Luke) Harper, is as good an in-ring performer as we've had. I'm not exaggerating. He's that good. And if you've watched him closely, and watched him in some singles matches on the road, you know what I'm talking about. That kid is great. He's a big guy who can talk and can move. I think you're going to hear more about him going forward."
Anderson also discussed the challenge the company faces with the amount of television each week and pay-per-views.
Click here to read the piece in its entirety.
Richard Reacts: Mike Mooneyham is my favorite professional wrestling journalist. All of his articles are well-written, fair and provide insight that cannot be matched. He hit a Grand Slam with this one, clearly presenting WWE's current creative issues in simple form. This is worth going out of your way to read.