After watching the Austin/Vince podcast on Monday night, I wrote this little analysis that I think underlines WWE as we know it in a nutshell.
I'm not sure if you saw it, but early on, McMahon was extremely tense and ill at ease, like he was testifying at his own trial. I attributed it to the fact that he had no control (I assume to some degree) over what a straight-shooting Austin was going to ask. We all know what a control freak Vince is.
Do you think this is a microcosm of WWE these days, that McMahon asserts too much control and overcooks the meal, so to speak? The podcast was wildly informative, in spite of some head-shaking responses from Vince (namely on Cesaro's 'lack of connection' with the crowd), and I think that uncomfortable Vince is the best Vince, as proven with the Monday Night Wars.
Yeah, Austin's turning into a really great interviewer, kind of coaxing stuff out of his subjects because he knows everyone respects and trusts him. Even Vince seemed to be warming up by the end and letting down his veneer of corporate bullshit.
I think in a way the problem is that Vince can't exert ENOUGH control these days. Stuff gets written and re-written by 24 different guys before it ever makes it to the wrestlers, whereas before Vince would get an idea ("Have Bret go out and work on Macho's leg for 15 minutes") and just pass it to the guys directly for them to interpret as they saw fit. Now everything has to be reworked and stretched out and fit into a three-hour show with Twitter plugs and whatever sponsored double-speak they're shoehorning in that week. DIET MOUNTAIN DEW IS DELICIOUS, MAGGLE!