Still a collaborative effort. Attitude wrestlers had writers but it was still collabing. Wrestlers should be able to highlight their strengths and minimize their weaknesses or bring something new to the table.Sorry, but no, that’s not how it is nor always has been. In the territory days, it was the promoter deciding who’s getting pushed and who’s feuding with whom. Maybe the talent pitched ideas, but setting the overall direction was anything but a collaborative effort. Somebody was in charge. The AE was no different. The difference between then and now was the wrestlers were allowed more freedom to define their characters, which the modern WWE has almost completely gotten away from, instead mostly dictating every aspect of a wrestler’s performance. But most other promotions don’t operate that way — outside WWE, wrestlers are still allowed to define their characters. But neither do the wrestlers have total freedom in defining all their story lines and angles — that’s still the job of bookers in the larger organizations, and promoters in the smaller ones.Business has changed. Theres no hulk hogans or the Kevin Nashs doing business for themselves.
Wrestling is a collaborative team effort to create the best feuds and payoffs possible to extend a wrestlers career. This is how its always been and exactly why the attitude era was successful.
Wrestlers today understand they need great matches/feud to further their careers and wouldn't dare to take obvious liberties and jeopardize relationships they need. If ones can't, their career wouldn't go too far and rightfully so.
WWE has a bad work culture in general because Vince allows it. Same company with bullies like jbl and hardcore Holly and the clique force their employees to step or be stepped on.
Let's not all forget it is a wrestling career. They absolutely do deserve a say and be allowed to earn a fan following. Wwe is one bad movie with everyone given fixed roles. That's that. What you described of territory days is what aew still is. You got the promoter khan who still has a final say.