Without the stable leadership from the Undertaker, HHH, and/or HBK, the WWE locker room appears to be on edge with a slight hint of panic. Despite the presences of John Cena on WWE RAW and Randy Orton stepping up on SmackDown, the roster seems to be alarmed over the rash of pro-wrestlers leaving the WWE and/or rejecting contract renewals, according to a Tuesday report by WrestleZone.com.
CM Punk’s current contract saga has definitely increased the tension within the WWE locker room as Punk is on the verge of leaving the WWE depending on who you talk to. Prior to Punk’s pending departure, Chavo Guerrero Jr. asked for a release and received one. Former WWE champions Chris Jericho and Dave Batista refuse to come back to the WWE as Jericho prefers his other entertainment ventures and Batista is boycotting the current PG product.
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Additionally, former WWE star MVP refused to renew his contract, Rey Mysterio Jr. is leaning toward leaving the WWE in the spring of 2012, and there have been recent reports of several unnamed mid-card wrestlers looking to leave the WWE when their contracts are up.
This trend of “WWE Exodus” has forced WWE’s HHH to reach out to the locker room and attempt to ease the anxiety. Additionally, Vince McMahon has also reached out to the WWE roster to put their worries to rest, according to WrestleZone.com.
There’s definitely something going on with wrestlers wanting out of the WWE and I believe it can be directly pointed to the fact that McMahon treats his workers however he feels because there’s no direct competition to give wrestlers any leverage. When WCW was around, wrestlers could use a potential “jump” as leverage to get more of what they want. Now that there’s no promotion that rivals the WWE, McMahon has all the control and leverage.
It will be interesting to see how the locker room responds after CM Punk is gone. It’s just another example of why the WWE needs to lock in Punk to a favorable contract and elevate him to a leadership role within the locker room and show other wrestlers that the WWE takes care of their stars.
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