Writing for the Miami Herald, Scott Fishman recently reported on Scott Steiner’s comments about the WWE PG Era while attending Florida Supercon at the Miami Beach (FL) Convention Center. Steiner – probably most well-known for his performances in WWE (then WWF) and WCW during the 1990s - didn’t shy back on his opinion:
“The ‘PG era’ blows. The best time in wrestling was with the nWo [sic] and the Monday Night War between WCW and WWE. You had competition. Now there is no competition. I feel bad for the guys and the wrestlers coming up now. They are slotted into a character that sometimes they can’t even do. Most of the time it’s bull****, and it sucks. I wouldn’t want to do it. You have a stupid character to do, but if you don’t do it, you don’t have a job.”
One of the problems, Steiner appears to believe, is the lack of competition:
“You need competition for a business to truly thrive. Look at Vince [McMahon’s] numbers since he bought WCW…He just lost like $400 million, projected to lose $50 million this year. ..You couldn’t predict that after he bought WCW and [was] doing 5’s and 6’s on the ratings scale.”
There is, in Steiner’s opinion, a way to bring wrestling back to the levels of popularity it achieved during the 1990s. However, it won’t be easy and it will be very complex:
“…The only way it’s going to come back is if a TV person like [Rupert] Murdoch or someone with a lot of money…has an avenue of TV. A revenue stream for TV where they want programming like Ted [Turner] did. That’s it. You have to have a big money player, or it’s not going to happen.”
In spite of some of the things WWE has done and some of what other products, like TNA, have to offer, Steiner clearly isn’t sold on the idea that wrestling’s as good as it can be right now. I guess there are two questions that follow: Is Scott Steiner just an old, opinionated man who can’t think beyond the past, or is he right to be skeptical of WWE’s ‘PG’ Era?