You spoke on the image of wrestling and there are many various definitions of what wrestling is. As the Smackdown Live General Manager, what is the image of wrestling in your eyes?
It’s weird because my idea of wrestling is always evolving. When I first started I wanted it to be a pure sport with rankings and that sort of thing. With the story-telling, it’s different on a week-to-week basis. The motto that was followed is that you build all the climaxes to the PPV’s. But now with the roster split, you need for people to watch the shows. I want to see mini-climaxes along with the actual climax at the end of the show.
I compare it to the show “Game of Thrones.” Every character and every segment is unique and interesting. Different characters main event Game of Thrones depending on where they are at on their particular story arch. To be honest, though, I’m not the smartest guy in the room but those are some of the suggestions I make.
Conor McGregor has been the talk of the town on social media with a recent tweet. What did you think of his tweet calling out WWE wrestlers and saying he would slap the heads off of everyone?
HA! I can’t imagine caring at all what Conor McGregor says about anything. It’s the same guy who said he retired on Twitter just to get a rise out of people. There’s a lot of awesome stuff going on like the Olympics and he’s out there trying to promote a fight. So I get it, but it doesn’t affect me one way or another. There’s been better people than him insulting wrestlers for years.
Dolph Ziggler is taking on Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam for the WWE World Championship. As being the one putting this match into motion, what are you looking from each on Sunday?
I want to see what Dolph says he does all the time and that is “steal the show.” I want everyone at the end of SummerSlam to be talking about that match. I think they can do it. But don’t forget, there are a lot of great matches on this night so it’s going to be tough for both of them. I really want them to be the talk of the show and with their talent it’s very possible.