That’s a special kind of freedom. One of the biggest criticisms of WWE is that their wrestlers are not allowed to cut their own promos. More often than not, a wrestler will have a promo either written for them word for word or will be heavily scripted. Every now and then though you will have a wrestler who is allowed a lot more freedom with what they say. Another star has been granted that privilege.
Ali was recently interviewed by Barnburner.ca and talked about his unique promos, which are often shot on location and seem to be filmed either with a phone or with a handheld camera. Due to some unspecified clashes with the WWE creative team, Ali films his vignettes on his own and brings them in, meaning that he has more creative control and freedom over what he says than most wrestlers. Ali has been feuding with Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in recent weeks, even pinning him in a non-title match.
These are very unique. Check out one of Ali’s promos:
Opinion: I’ve been a fan of Ali for a long time now so it’s nice to see him getting this kind of special treatment. The creative process in WWE has been a problem for a long time now and having something like this is a great way to freshen things up a bit. Having the same people writing all of the promos for everyone means you have the same voices about everything and that isn’t a good thing.
Do you like Ali’s promos? Who else should be allowed to write their own material? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.
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