News on a WWE age policy for new talent

Mar 5, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

WWE officials are looking to limit the age of new developmental signings to under 30.

It was noted in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE officials are very aware of the aging aspect of the roster and of those in developmental. This has led to a new doctrine when it comes to new talent acquisitions.

The new doctrine is that unless it’s a special situation where a talent is someone who is really good or has a lot of potential, or someone who had a name before coming to WWE, then the company wants to limit new developmental signings to talent under the age of 30.

The recent WWE Performance Center class included names like 37 year old Taya Valkyrie and 38 year old LA Knight, but they fit in the category of talents who had a name before signing with the company.

Stay tuned for more.

6 Responses

  1. Mackdeezy says:

    I would agree with this, but at the same time, they freaking signed Taya Valkyrie to a DEVELOPMENTAL deal when they could have just stick her with Morrison. Ive been tired FOR YEARS of seeing Morrison being used as Miz’ lackey. Morrison has his own star power, but god forbid it doesnt count because it came feom elsewhere.

  2. Taxx W. Hoodchicken says:

    Mack Deezy,

    What do you mean? Morrison started in WWE. Tough Enough.

  3. What? says:

    How are they defining “had a name before signing with WWE?” Is it just working for another promotion that’s on TV? I get that this is a preference and not a hard and fast rule, but that fact could be the only thing keeping it from being age discrimination.

  4. Revan says:

    @Taxx W. Hoodchicken – @Mackdeezy is just another one who buys into every narrative they read with that comment.

  5. James says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if people say it’s age discrimination.

  6. Luke says:

    But wasn’t this already the way it always was? Can anyone name someone over 30 signed to developmental that didn’t fit these criteria?

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