On Thursday, there was a major shakeup within WWE's creative department. One of the leading members of WWE's creative team was fired without any give reason. However, by Friday morning, more details have been revealed as to the reason behind the firing of Eric Pankowski. According to a March 8th report by PWInsider.com, Eric was largely fired due to his inability to deal with others the way the WWE brass wanted him to. Additionally, he had a few hostile encounters with wrestlers over creative storylines.
Over the last few years, there has been a high turnover within the WWE creative department. The lack of creative success is evident in WWE's on-air product. However, a firing of this magnitude so close to WrestleMania 29 has definitely surprised some including this columnist.
WrestleMania is the biggest PPV of the year and the most mainstream event that the WWE has. It's also the time of the year where there's the most pressure on everyone from the creative department to the talent. Additionally, WM is the time of the year where the WWE typically concludes major storylines and begins new ones. New champions are crowned and new stars are created at this extravaganza. So, for the WWE to fire a top creative team member during the "final stretch", it's like a NBA or NHL team firing a head coach during the season because the team is struggling and they want to put the roster on notice. The WWE just put the creative department on notice with this move. Now we will have to wait and see if this firing impacts WrestleMania 29 at all.
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