I'm saying that many people aren't trying to improve their CHARACTERS. Doing a moonsault off of a cage is part of the problem(and it definitely isn't character). That is a spot for spot's sake. I'm not saying you shouldn't go down that road if it makes sense. Recklessly wanting to do that shouldn't be your go to for engaging a crowd. It is the definition of every problem tht is currently proliferating the industry.-Whats the difference between the indies and WWE? Control on the character. On the indies, you have a big say on your character. You know what to do to make yourself interesting. In the E, everything is scripted, micromanaged and morphed into something Mcmahon thinks is marketable. You yourself said, these guys were interesting before the came to the WWE. Now there here, its not like they suddenly lose motivation. They still want to win the main title and be the best that they can be but they know if they push it too much they'll get fucked. Sami Zayn is known to be very passionate and argumentative with agents about his performances so they decided to punish him by protraying him like a geek for it. Jinder Mahal had to resort to bending the rules to inflate his physique. Charlotte wanted to do a moonsault of the goddamn Hell in the cell cage. So tell me again how most of these guys are just resting on their laurels and don't want to improve themselves?
Because trust me they do. These guys don't get this far without having passion or at least an insane amount of talent. But so many suffer due to the micromanagement of the WWE. They know that sometimes, no matter how good you are they will not get pushed. No matter how passionate you are, no matter how hardworking you are, it does not matter shit to Vince unless you're marketable. And if you try to push your ideas too hard, you'll get punished for it. What kind of person would not lose passion and motivation in that kind of work environment? Yet there are still a huge amount of these guy trying to improve themselves and get better. You can say whatever about Jinder, but he wanted this bad and he improved himself. Theres so many people trying to climb the ladder and show everyone how good they can be that get stiffled by creative. When guys in NXT move to the main roster, they usually underperform and get called as overhyped in NXT. No mate, its because NXT is 't under the all seeing eye and control of Vince bloody Mcmahon. Again, whats the difference? Its not the talent, its Vince, the writers and the level of micromanagement.
These guys are playing the SAME characters in WWE as they were before. They aren't interesting now. They weren't interesting then. That's the problem. I'm not saying that they aren't passionate about their work. I'm saying that most people's passion isn't about becoming great compelling characters it's about getting this is awesome chants. AJ Styles has been playing the same character for 15 years bland boring AJ Styles. His in ring work is great his character work is was and always will be average at the best of times. He has never tried to improve that, nowhere he has worked has tried to improve that the settle for this is what he is and that's good enough. There are guys who are exempt from this criticism like Miz.
Vince didn't make Styles be a generic "I'm a good wrestler" charcater for 15 years he just accepted that this is what AJ Styles is. That's clearly indicative of either AJ desire to improve on that of his ability to do so. That cannot be placed on Russo or Jarrett or Vince or Gedo and Jado. As I said plenty of people have attempted to make much worse creative work. Some have even succeeded in doing so. The problem is as much on performers as it is the system they work in. Some people can't do better and some people don't try to do better. Kurt Angle under Vince's purview took every absurd, demeaning, and out right pathetic piece of booking and tried to make it work because he wanted to because Kurt Angle great wrestler wasn't good enough for him. He wanted more. That is something that seems to be lacking in a lot of performers these days.