WWE news: Triple H reveals owner Vince McMahon has never watched an episode of NXT
TRIPLE H believes that WWE chief Vince McMahon has never watched a full episode of his own developmental brand NXT.
The revelation will come as little surprise to fans who have criticised Vince and WWE for the treatment of NXT stars once they’re called up to the main roster.
But Triple H also says that Vince’s outsider view of NXT is a good thing – and helps him see the brand and its superstars objectively.
He said: “I don’t know that he’s ever even watched a full episode of NXT start to finish. He’s busy.”
But “The Game” says he’s always amazed by how much insight Vince has on the product and superstars from watching just snippets.
Triple H said: “He will pick up a lot from bits and pieces from what he sees. To me it’s always amazing – his insight of things.
“I realise he just saw a snippet but what he will say about that snippet is a bigger overall arc to the entire product, and I’m like, ‘That’s really right.’ I think it’s great that he doesn’t see all of it because it gives him a different perspective. It gives him an outsider view on it.”
The Triple H-run NXT has been one of the hottest wrestling brands in the world over the past four years, with an emphasis on stripped back storytelling and in-ring action.
The brand has also been praised for its consistently excellent TakeOver shows, which regularly outdo big WWE pay-per-views for quality and drama.
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But NXT alumni such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, Bayley, The Revival, Chad Gable, and SAnitY have floundered due to poor creative direction on Raw and SmackDown.
Even if some superstars have failed to click on the main roster, the NXT-led developmental system has become a hugely important part of WWE.
Triple H confirmed that the system now provides 80 per cent of the company’s talent.
WWE’s all-new division, NXT UK, features homegrown talent such as UK champ Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Jinny, and Aussie star Toni Storm.
It represents the first step of an international expansion, with further NXT divisions planned in other parts of the world.
Triple H joked that he wasn’t sure if Vince McMahon would watch a full episode of the all-new NXT UK.
Triple H said: “But he is very keen and very excited for the international expansion… for the future of the business.”
NXT UK airs on the WWE Network at 8pm Wednesday October 17.
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