“It’s a funny thing, people talk about change if it is. That never really changed, ”said Triple H.“ So if you go back and look at the hiring process, not the hiring process of a TV show, the process of hiring those. that we’re looking to train and grow into WWE Superstars. Long term. If you go back and look at it, it hasn’t moved. It’s the same process. I’m not denying anyone. From a point of view, ‘I struggled with independent stuff. “Well, you’re outside! It’s not a factor for me, but neither is it the factor that makes me say ‘okay, you’re in’. When they get here today, if somebody comes in and hits the strings perfectly every time, every perfect roll, do the whole thing, (make) it look easy because he practiced , it really doesn’t show me anything. You should be able, if you’ve trained, if you’ve worked for freelancers, you should be able to do all of that.
“For me, what is the long term potential? What is this potential? And are they willing to do the job to live up to that potential. Vince always said ‘we’re a variety show. We are. In a way, you need a bit of everything. This is the key to it all. But people hear a statement and then make it (hypothesis). ‘Now this is it. No, now that’s it. It always has been. “
Later, Triple H was asked how many talents did WWE sign on that tryout? Although he doesn’t have an exact figure, he was able to give a pretty decent estimate.
“I didn’t count,” Triple H joked. “We had thirty-eight talents here today, we had a dropout from yesterday to today. We had one injury and then another, not a retirement, but we cut practice short today. And I would say somewhere in the stadium, thirteen and sixteen I would say. There has been a lot of passion here over the past few days and a lot of motivation. And clearly, we are looking for something different. You will often hear Vince say this. It will seem wrong to a lot of people, but it is right. We are not looking for professional wrestlers, we are looking for superstars. We are looking for someone who can break this. The rest takes care of itself.
“You’re looking for the rough diamond, you’re looking for the one in a million, you’re looking for these things. This is the difficult part. The rest is done by itself and it happens. And you follow this process. So for me, right now, it’s about giving opportunities. And there were a lot of people here who have the tools to drill, who stood out when they walked across the room. You say to yourself “okay, who is it?” They had some type of factor and then proved it to us here how much they wanted it. And I think right now, being able to go a little further and bring these people in is giving them that blow. Will they get there? No. It’s a long, hard journey. But if everyone was successful, it wouldn’t be so special when you get there, right? “
Triple H also discussed the so-called “it” factor, and whether there was a difference in his identification between males and females. Triple H answered the question by focusing on the female aspect.
“People use this term factor, x factor, charisma. It’s hard to put your finger on what it is, “Triple H said.” Sometimes I feel like, for women, there’s that emphasis on “oh man she looked like a million of dollars when she walked in here. They dress a certain way, wear makeup a certain way, do their hair a certain way, do all of those things. It is important. At the end of the day though, it’s more of a personality to me. I don’t care if someone doesn’t have the money and they don’t wear makeup? I mean, present yourself well, but you don’t have to have high priced hair extensions and a bunch of makeup and all these other things with high priced clothes to come here and go ‘oh yeah, they got it.’ To me, it has almost nothing to do with it.
“It’s personality, it’s how they engage with you, it’s how they connect with you. Do they make you feel anything when you have them when they are working? What is this point of connection that you have with these people? Do you feel anything from them? Do they engage you in one way or another? Some people don’t see that when they’re here. Sometimes the red light comes on and they have a “boom”. I’m sure you’ve heard people say “the camera loves them”. Yes, they take great photos. I’ve seen that a lot too. When you come to a test, you tell yourself “this person looks great”. Then they get there and you’re like “when are they coming in?” It’s not the same person. In person, it doesn’t resonate. On camera, it does. There are factors that, but it is not a question of image. It will fade away. I feel like it’s part of the process of the two day trip or the three day trip or the four day trip, depending on what style of testing we do.
Triple H continued, stressing again that appearances can only get someone this far. Ultimately, he concluded that there are differences for each individual talent involved, whether it is male or female.
“Yeah, someone walks in the room, those things might grab your attention for a minute,” Triple H said. “And then really quickly these people really aren’t doing anything else, and this person is. And they are not made up, they are not styled. So it’s never those other things. You can look beyond these. What really is here is what it counts, the charisma, all of that stuff. Part of that is a passion and connection to the person, and if you feel like that person has charisma, that person has a computer factor. It’s funny because I look at these essays sometimes in totally different ways. I find myself, catching up, looking back at the same person in the first half of the first day.
“I constantly find myself looking back at that same person for some reason, or the same ten, fifteen people. Like constantly finding myself, catching me interested in what they are doing. And if I see that mentally, I put a check in there. I check this person ten times, I keep seeing them do that. They could be terrible. But I keep coming back to it. There’s a reason they get my attention for some reason. I don’t have to figure this out, I don’t have to tell you what that reason is, I just have to know it’s there. So I don’t know, I just look at it a little bit differently. But it is a factor. Is it different for men and women? It’s different for each person. It doesn’t matter, man, woman, whatever. It’s different for everyone. You just have to open up to it.
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