WWE’s figurehead General Manager Adam Pearce was interviewed this week on the PWI Podcast.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Adam Pierce talking about being in the main event on SmackDown last month and whether he would want to return to the ring:
“I have zero interest in being a full-time wrestler ever again in my life. Zero. Less than zero. Everything that’s happening and has happened to this point has been the proverbial cliche ‘icing on the cake’ in a very real and literal sense for me. I’m having the time of my life doing this now, mostly because I don’t have to do it to make a living anymore. It’s really gratifying to be in there with the very best in our profession, whether you’re talking about Roman, or whether you’re talking about Paul Heyman. On the Raw side, I had some interactions with Randy Orton not too long ago that could have and may still go somewhere further too. This is the cream of the crop and I get to ply my trade and match wits and clang swords with these guys. I never thought that was going to happen. So, whatever ends up happening is the perfect, coming around full circle if you will. It’s amazing.”
Pierce explaining the difference of his on screen role compared to the previous General Managers we have seen in WWE:
“I think, first of all from a personal standpoint, it’s a departure from some of the characters you mentioned already. I think largely the authority figure role in recent years especially, has been that of someone who looks down their nose. They are the establishment. They are the authority. They are the overarching control of everything that doesn’t hesitate to put their foot on the throat of everyone under them. I’m really the opposite of that in the sense that I am a WWF official. I am not a General Manager. There are no General Managers. I don’t necessarily have the power that would be as absolute as it has been in the past and perhaps because of that, I’m not as corrupted by that power. I’ve always tried to, given what the marching orders tend to be, play it as straight as I can and to be as impartial as I can. That, in and of itself, is so different from an attitudinal standpoint from what people are used to from this kind of character. That, by definition, is different. It doesn’t feel the same because it isn’t. That allows me the latitude to take this wherever it goes organically on its own as opposed to being driven by what might be on paper. We’ll see where it goes. It’s interesting. It’s fun and it’s fresh and I hope it continues to feel that way for everybody”
Full synopsis from this week’s PWI podcast: “This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon review the apparent changes in creative plans for WrestleMania following last Sunday’s Fastlane PPV, involving Edge, Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan. They also share their thoughts on how the big, two-night event is shaping up thus far, while reviewing last weekend’s NWA pay-per-view, Back for the Attack. Finally, Al shares audio of his recent Hotseat interview with “WWE Official” Adam Pearce.”