Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s corporate title has changed; he previously used to serve as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE but his new role now designates him as the Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that The Game’s new role is seen as a “quiet demotion” by many. Now his main responsibilities are to deal with NXT and expand the black and gold brand worldwide.
“He was moved away from being in charge of talent and his main duties are now NXT, selling NXT TV rights overseas and expanding NXT globally. […] It’s a change. There are those internally and externally who have called it a quiet demotion.”
Vince McMahon’s Chief of Staff, Brad Blum has replaced Levesque as the new EVP Of Operations. The 14-time World Champion no longer negotiates with talents. Mark Carrano now reports to Blum.
Shayna Baszler punched her ticket to WrestleMania 36 by winning the Women’s Elimination Chamber match this past Sunday in Philadelphia. The Queen Of Spades will challenge Becky Lynch for the RAW Women’s Championship in three weeks at the Show Of Shows in Tampa.
The Observer reports that Vince McMahon deliberately booked Baszler strongly at The Chamber to counteract the lackluster response the former NXT Women’s Champion had received at the Barclays Center.
“When Baszler didn’t get over strong last week at the Barclays Center, the feeling was she needed to biggest push possible and got it here.”
WWE 205 Live still runs after SmackDown but not as a live show anymore. The Cruiserweight show is instead being filmed prior to Friday Night SmackDown along with a dark main event after The Blue Show.
The Observer reports that WWE is now taping two matches for 205 Live while fans are showing up in the arena for SmackDown.
“WWE is now taping 205 Live first, before SmackDown, and starting its East Coast shows at 7:15 p.m. They are taping usually two matches, cutting the time back on 205 Live, and then taping SmackDown, and doing one dark match main event after the show.”