The presence of Adam Pearce on WWE television as the on-screen decision maker has been seen as a refreshing change from the typical tyrant authority figure.
Pearce only appears on screen when necessary, and tends to be seen as a much fairer hand, rather than engaging in constant feuds with the wrestlers he’s trying to control.
Speaking in a new interview with the Pro Wrestling Illustrated podcast, Pearce has revealed the success behind his current character, commenting that the character is much more organic than previous authority figures.
“From a personal standpoint, it’s a departure from [past authority figures]. Largely, the authority figure role in recent years is the establishment and overarching controller of everything that has their foot on the throats of everyone under them. I’m the opposite of that. I’m a WWE official, I’m not a general manager. There are no general managers. I don’t have the power that would be ‘absolute’ as it has been in the past. Perhaps because of that, I’m not as corrupted by that power. I’ve always tried to [execute] the marching orders and play it as straight as I can and be as impartial as I can. That is so different from an attitude standpoint from what people are used to from this character. It allows me to take this wherever it goes organically as opposed to be driven by what might be on paper. We’ll see where it goes. It’s fun and fresh and hopefully, it continues that way for everyone,”
Adam Pearce expanded further, by explaining that despite his characters success, it may have been different if there would have been a live crowd in attendance.
“I have the impression that if there were live human-beings in the seats, especially those conditioned to the WWE product, I don’t know if WWE official Adam Pearce would have gotten the chance to get as far as it has. You’re used to a typecast that you want to boo immediately. If there were real human-beings in seats, I think that would have happened. I think the intention was to have a respectful authority that can make reasonable decisions on the show. You don’t want that person to be good or bad, you just want them to make the right choice. I don’t know if there were real fans that we would be given that chance,”
Pearce also revealed that he has “zero interest” in being a wrestler full-time. The former NWA World Champion disclosed that he’s having the time of his life in his current role, and has no desire to transition back into being an in-ring performer.
Adam Pearce was recently found laying down the law on SmackDown, where he added Daniel Bryan to the WWE Universal Championship match at WrestleMania.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.