WWE Developmental update: FCW Dead or Alive?
FCW's future in question.
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According to WrestlingObserver.com's Dave Meltzer, the WWE developmental revamp is still up in the air.
A few weeks back, Meltzer reported the current and only WWE developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, would most likely be shutting down after WrestleMania XXVIII, based on a tip he received from a source within FCW's TV station home Bright House Sports Network. That's not to say WWE would no longer have a developmental program, but rather be establishing a new promotion to serve as its farm system for talent. Meltzer's report came soon after WWE's dismissal of Ty Bailey, the man who originally oversaw FCW developmental. Bright House was told by a WWE official that FCW TV would be cancelled within a few weeks and may have spoken too much, as he/she also inferred that FCW would be shut down completely.
Since the report, WWE.com refuted Meltzer's story, with wrestler/executive Triple H (Paul Levesque) calling it B.S. The funny thing is HHH pretty much reworded Meltzer's story, saying FCW was being reevaluated and would potentially be relocating. Much like many of the company's storylines in recent memory, it seems as though WWE is changing plans for developmental week-to-week, rather than having long-term, set goals. It should be noted that while the strong possibility of FCW being shut down caught developmental talent and trainers off-guard, that...well....HHH has said for over a year that he wanted to revamp the entire system. This has also been confirmed publicly by HHH's friend, former WWE superstar Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, although details have never been given as to what HHH would do differently.
Another thing I should mention is that despite FCW's accomplished wrestling trainers in Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Norman Smiley, and Dr. Tom Prichard, one of the possible reasons talent development has regressed in the last five years could be attributed to John Laurinaitis, HHH, Vince McMahon, and other WWE executives, who tell the FCW staff what to do and how exactly they should train wrestlers, instead of allowing them to develop into whatever gimmick/natural persona that fits them. I'd imagine the trainers also have no say in who WWE signs--whether it's an accomplished independent worker or a bodybuilder-type that's greener than grass.