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DDP explains the difference in creative of a promo in WWE and AEW

AEW and WWE are poles apart when it comes to the creative process of putting together storylines and while everything is micro-managed in WWE, in AEW, stars get a lot of freedom to pursue their creative ideas.

During a recent interview with WrestlingInc, Diamond Dallas Page, who has been a regular for AEW since his appearance at All In, explained the difference between the creative process of putting together a promo in both the companies.

The wrestling legend explained that in AEW you are told what needs to be done and then sent to cut a promo while in WWE, it’s spoon-fed to you:

“The biggest difference [in AEW] is ‘here’s what we need to get in, go cut yourself a promo.’ [In WWE] it’s spoon-fed to you with all of the writers that WWE has and I don’t know – if I had to read what those guys were writing and it wasn’t coming from my soul – I don’t think I would have gotten over. They had this one vision and I had a whole another vision.”

Continuing on the topic, DDP recalled his time in WCW and how he could write everything in the company himself because they didn’t think he was going to do anything.


  • Michael Justin Arnold

    If they need to be spoon-fed lines, then they picked the wrong career! Its pretty simple… Name one break-out star from this “Days of Our Lives” version of WWE

  • CC

    I think people forget that WWE used to be like that. During the Attitude era, most wrestlers were given that same free reign to cut promos, and that is why some of those promos stand up so well to this day. Hell, initially a lot of the DX promos were so off script that the network tried to put a stop to them, giving them a letter of what they could and could not say, and DX just turned that into a promo as well.

    That said, you just cannot do that with everyone. Not everyone is a natural at promos and need to be spoon-fed.