« on: August 08, 2014, 03:42:34 PM »
I'm not talking as much about the recent history. Even a few years ago a guy like Steen probably never would've gotten a look because of his physique, a guy like Devitt most likely would've been seen as too small and they already had enough small guys with Bourne and Bryan and Rey. Ever since the change to NXT though and especially with the launch of the network it seems like they've relaxed the whole "only tall muscle guys get hired with the occasional well known indy guy". WWE's always going to be image-centric to an extent but I mean that in recent history it looks like they've realized that talent is talent and especially when guys like Punk or Bryan have been successful that fans are starting to care more about ability than looks.
Women's stuff is going to be a harder obstacle to overcome in that matter but it seems that even with the Divas they're realizing the same deal of "if someone's good and presented well people will dig them" with them as well; I'm still surprised Hiroyo got a look though and like I said my hope is (if she gets hired) that she does well enough to realize that joshi are viable and with the wealth of talent in Japan, even with joshi about as weak as it's ever been, it's a good place to look at for talent.
Someone like Yoshiko, for example, would do really well in the WWE I think and if Hiroyo works out maybe she'd get a chance she might not have gotten before.