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Vince McMahon Addresses Criticism Over Talent Schedules, Superstars Can ‘Take a Break Without Repercussions’

WWE Talent Will be Integrated With Fox Programming

Variety Magazine Interviews Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon gave a rare one-on-one interview with Variety Magazine to discuss the WWE’s success, as well as SmackDown Live moving to FOX this October.

The magazine spoke on how WWE has turned itself into a more advertiser friendly product by toning down the violence, and utilizing the Women’s division to groom a young generation of formidable women wrestlers.

McMahon also noted how FOX is taking a hands on approach with WWE coming to the network this fall. “WWE talent will be appearing on [Fox] programming,” said McMahon. “It’s going to be a totally integrated approach. We’ve never had a platform like this in terms of promotion. Fox is going to go all-in, and they’re great promoters.” McMahon adds, “NBCU is going to step up as well to the equivalent of what Fox is going to do.”

When asked about WWE’s non-stop schedule, which was recently featured in an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, McMahon claims talent can “take a break without repercussions”.

“Anybody who wants time off can get time off. That’s easy,” said McMahon. “In addition to that, it’s easy to weave a talent in and out of a storyline. If they get injured, you’re not expecting that. Or if they have a family matter. Our characters are real people with real problems. It’s a revolving situation where this talent will work these dates, that talent will work those dates.”

Variety Magazine’s latest issue featuring an interview with Vince McMahon is available now.

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