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http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/wwe...and_Indy_Stars_Recent_Attendance_Figures.html

- Regarding signing new talents, there is no hard and fast rule but there's a belief within WWE that they have enough "small guys" and the problem with business is there are already too many and not enough "big guys." Unless someone is really good, WWE is not looking to sign small guys right now. They also don't want to sign ROH guys right now but that doesn't mean Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards won't get picked up.

There's a feeling that guys who work independents and travel and have somewhat of a name already have bad habits, and if they are at the higher level, if WWE signs them and even if they agree to take the pay cut to WWE entry level, that the talent won’t be happy over the long haul. It was also said WWE doesn't want talents who know they can get fired, go back to the indies and be successful without WWE. They want guys with the impression that their careers in wrestling depend on making it in WWE.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
 

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There's a feeling that guys who work independents and travel and have somewhat of a name already have bad habits
Triple H basically insinuated this in his Grantland article. Because God forbid someone doesn't appease to the WWE's cookie cutter sense.

This is why very few people stand out anymore.
 

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Yeah, this article seems really consistent with the way that WWE has been acting lately.

That was sarcasm if you were wondering, WWE actions as of late are totally contradictory to what this article says.
 

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Wrestling and wrestlers have gone through changes. When I was a kid going to wrestling matches I would see these bigger than life circus freaks walking down the aisle to do battle. Now we have gymnasts against male cheerleaders doing tumbling routines in the midst of catfights that's closer to Ballroom Dancing than Barroom Brawling.
 

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A 2013 thread. Great job, WF.
Ehhh...I'd say 2013 was a little early for this discussion. You had CM Punk and Daniel Bryan as main event talents, but the over saturation of small guys hadn't really started yet.

The main new guys at that time were The Shield, none of whom are that small. The other guy they wanted to push around that time was Ryback, who seemed a little too muscular for his own good. Fandango got a big push going over Jericho but even he had a cut, athletic type build and was bigger than the guys who would follow. Even guys like Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler (who were all featured heavily in 2013) had a more traditional look to them.

I don't really feel like small guys became a big part of the main event scene until 2015.
 
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