Triple H is at the helm of NXT while the main roster is controlled by several different people with Vince McMahon at the top. Of course, McMahon has influence on NXT as well, but NXT certainly has more leeway to tell longer stories.
During a recent video uploaded to the WWE Performance Center’s YouTube account, Triple H took some time to explain why NXT has more of a luxury with long-term storylines than their main roster counterpart.
“I think there’s intention there to run long-term storylines, and to keep those story arcs going when you can. But some of it is, it’s just how it ended up, because we have the luxury of not having to write three hours of live television every week or get through multiple hours of that with multiple pay-per-views in a short period of time.”
“When you have a monthly pay-per-view and three hours of live TV every week like you do with Raw, that is an exponentially different way of writing that makes you have to go through stuff faster and burn through things. When you can do it on a much more, you know, one-hour, much slower pace and you can tell that story where you’re not bombarded by, at all times, you can make that last a lot longer and draw it over time.”
“And then some of those storylines are also things that I find, I’m sure a lot of people do that write stuff like this, for us, things happen. Injuries happen, where you have to change your thinking on something. In the middle of a storyline and Ciampa gets injured, you have to go a completely different way.”
“But sometimes the genius comes out of that chaos, where something happens and in the moment where it happens, you think ‘Oh my god, this has ruined everything about this.’ So you make a left and it ends up being better. And when you come back to it, you’re almost like, ‘Wow, that turned out better than we actually had laid out.’ So sometimes that genius comes out of it, you know. The genius moment is something that you didn’t intend on, but kind of fell into your lap.”
There is a big difference between NXT and WWE main roster storylines, but that might change if/when NXT becomes a weekly live two-hour show. Nothing is set in stone yet in regards to NXT’s move to FS1, but it is certainly a looming idea that could alter a lot of the ways they do things in NXT.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote