Triple H, the brainchild behind WWE NXT, recently spoke with talkSport regarding several topics including the impending NXT-USA move. Ever since the move was announced last week, the wrestling community has been buzzing with rumors and speculations. According to several reports, Triple H would still be heading NXT, and the 14-time World Champion confirmed it in the interview.
Triple H was asked about the rumors of Vince McMahon possibly having a greater impact in NXT after its move to TV, and he responded by saying that wrestling journalists like Dave Meltzer are not aware of how things happen from a business perspective. He felt that Vince McMahon is much smarter than these individuals make him out to be, and he understands the business far better than anyone else.
“There’s a lot of things that people like Dave [Meltzer] say that don’t make sense because they don’t approach it from a business standpoint. We’re gonna be live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There’s so much bandwidth to go. It’s funny the small-mindedness of it, people don’t give Vince credit for being the businessman that he is.”
Triple H also talked about WWE’s recent billion-dollar deals with USA Network and FOX for RAW and SmackDown Live respectively. He felt that the reports of WWE crumbling are exaggerated, and things are going over smoothly with Vince in control.
“We signed billion-dollar deals with USA and Fox. I’m not sure that it’s crumbling. [Vince] is also smart enough to understand the things that we do and where they go and how and the pieces of it.”
Confirming that Vince won’t be involved in NXT, Triple H said that he will have some say in the branding and marketing aspects, but the full control on booking and presentation remains with him.
In simple terms, he’s not involved [with NXT]. Yeah, he’s gonna have say in some things like the brand sits and the marketing of it with USA and clearly, whatever he wants to do, at the end of the day. But at this point in time, he’s basically said, ‘Go make this thing a success.'”
NXT airs live on USA Network on Wednesdays starting from September 18.