Corgan talking about not competing with other wrestling companies for talent:
“We’ll get there. It just doesn’t work economically for us in those cases. There are cases where we do have talent under contract, and it is important that those talents are under contract, but overall, like, the minute somebody comes out of WWE, okay, well, the chances are you’re probably not going to outbid the other people in the market who are interested. So those talents are not necessarily calling me to ask whether I want to pay, and I’m not necessarily calling them to try to compete with somebody who’s got more resources than I do and obviously a bigger platform. I don’t see that as competitive in that sense. I think qualitatively it’s competitive, but I’m not competitive on the free agent market at this time. I think when we’re able to get a bigger platform and get more resources, then hopefully we’ll start getting those calls.”
Corgan’s thoughts on Triple H running WWE:
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he does. Somebody asked me if I saw the changes, and I said, ‘I don’t think you don’t turn a battleship around quickly.’ That’s a big, big institutional culture with a lot of moving pieces. So it strikes me as somebody who runs a big organization, in the Smashing Pumpkins world, that you don’t sort of just start flipping switches and just see what happens. You’re gonna poke around, and of course, put your people in place and stuff like that. I think we’ll know in about 18 to 24 months what the real vision under Triple H is and then the difference of the product?”
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“I do know, well, it’s a speculation, so I’m going to say that I’m speculating, I do know that AEW has gone out of their way to sort of try to pick fights with the WWE world, and overall, the WWE world has not responded. I don’t necessarily think that’s going to continue under Triple H. I just don’t feel he’s the type of personality that’s just going to sit there and have people sock him in the chops over and over again and he’s not going to respond. I mean, he was in D-Generation X, you know what I mean? I think he was a big part of that sort of sass that they had, and I think there’s business there as well. You know, at some point, it’s blow for blow. It’s competitive. Now, the general position, of course, I think WWE corporately, at least from what I see from a public observation point of view, is they’ve sort of treated it like, we’re not going to sweat it publicly, even if we’re sweating a little bit privately. I think those dynamics are definitely changing.”
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