Iv heard a few times on Bruce Prichard podcast that if a talent is unhappy Vince would let them go. Why a change of heart now?
Because there's a non-WWE place for talent to go. AEW hasn't put on a show yet, but the money mark has NFL/Premier League money.
Ironic how Vince wants to get into football and a football guy wants to get into wrestling.
Oh, there's some lowcard wrestlers who want to leave...
But WWE has twice the amount of wrestlers they need. Vince and HHH mujst be crying in the floor uh?
Remember that the low card guys are the main eventers 5 years from now. Imagine jettisoning The Rock after people shit on Rocky Maivia or Steve Austin after The Ringmaster.
WWE has to think a few moves ahead, especially if AEW catches on.
The worst I ever heard morale being was in the fall of 1995, and I have a hard time imagining that it is worse now than it was then.
Vince McMahon admitted in a meeting with the wrestlers that summer that while WWE had made over $80M in 1994, they had lost money. And the financial situation was deteriorating in 1995, leading to mass layoffs in July (Heavenly Bodies, Barbarian, Lou Albano, Doink, Jack Tunney, Lord Alfred Hayes, Well Dunn, King Kong Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff). Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, and The Road Dog had quit. The Clique had tightened its influence. And payoffs...the entire point of the enterprise....had become so bad that wrestlers who had taken out advances on house shows to cover travel expenses were finding that their paychecks were sometimes in the negatives (Shane Douglas alleged that he made $1.6K after travel expenses were factored out during the four months that he wrestled). I remember Wade Keller making the cover of his PW Torch newsletter "Titanic Sports" in late October, detailing these issues.
That was worse than people getting paid $500K - $1M and not being used properly.
Not disagreeing with most of what you're saying. The Heavenly Bodies, however, were brought in as a favor to Jim Cornette as a way to get him to do business with the WWF.