Mike Bennett Defends WWE Writers, Says They Do, "What They Think Vince Will Accept"

Creative often takes lots of blame...

Those outside WWE's creative process often lay blame at the feet of the sizable writing staff when things don't go well. Through the years, however, a number of wrestlers have defended the writers from criticism.

Add Mike Bennett (Kanellis) to the list of those who feel any shortcomings in the final product are not creative's fault.

Wrestling Inc's Nick Hausman spoke with Bennett, and the two got on the topic of WWE creative. Bennett explained that WWE's creative team are just doing whatever it takes to remain employed, based on their boss' tastes.

"Writers get a bad rap all the time," Bennett says. "It's like, 'Oh, blame the writers because they don't get wrestling.' No, the writers get it, but they're also trying to keep their job. So if they're constantly writing stuff that I think is good or you think is good, but Vince is rejecting it, they're going to get fired because Vince is going to be like, 'Oh, you're just bringing me stuff that I don't like at all.' So what ends up happening is they write based on what they think Vince will accept, based on what they know Vince likes.

"So if Vince, in that week, is really into poop humor, they're going to be like, 'Let's book a lot of poop humor jokes because we know that'll get on television, and we'll have job security' and that's how it works. Again, it is what it is. You go there, you learn that's how it works and you either accept it or you don't. I couldn't accept it because I thought it sucked."

Bennett was released from WWE (along with wife Maria) this past spring. Since then, he appeared at TalkNShop-a-Mania, and also wrestled Nick Aldis for the NWA World title.

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