Dismay In WWE Over New Executive Hiring

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Many in WWE are not thrilled over the recent hiring to replace the departing Kevin Dunn as worry about more layoffs looms large.

The wrestling world was stunned when news broke that Kevin Dunn had quit WWE after almost forty years with the company. Dunn was hired by Vince McMahon in 1984 as their fathers had worked together and eventually, Dunn rose through the ranks to become WWE’s Executive Vice President, Television Production – a role he held for twenty years.

With a changing of the guard now in full swing in WWE with Dunn seen as one of the last true allies to Vince McMahon, the company has moved quickly to appoint a new Head of Media and Production. Lee Fitting has joined WWE in that role having previously worked for ESPN, where he took charge of production for Monday Night Football and College GameDay among other properties.

While Fitting is clearly the man for those running WWE, others in the company aren’t thrilled by his arrival.

WWE Staff Unhappy At Kevin Dunn’s Replacement

PWInsider has reported that Fitting’s arrival has made waves within WWE with some staff said to be not happy that an “outsider” has come in at the top of the production pyramid. There is also said to be worry that Fitting will want to bring in his own staff at the expense of people who have worked there for many years. WWE has already suffered mass layoffs following the takeover by Endeavor.

There is said to be dismay in some quarters that the company has not promoted from within with EVP of Television Chris Kaiser said to “deserve” consideration for the post. WWE’s lighting and set director Jason Robinson was also named as someone who could have had a chance at the promotion.

However, another source explained that Fitting joining WWE from ESPN shouldn’t have been a surprise as TKO President Mark Shapiro once oversaw ESPN and it gives TKO the chance to hire someone more in line with their way of doing things.