WWE NXT is prepared to offer TakeOver: In Your House this Sunday, but the black and gold brand doesn’t come without detractors. Some fans are critical about the brand’s storylines, but that might be something they are reaching for. If you ask Triple H, those fans should probably sit back and enjoy the show.
Triple H spoke on a conference call to promote the upcoming TakeOver event. He fielded a question about the fans where he turned the conversation on their critiques getting in the way of really getting all they could out of the experience.
“As NXT has grown, one of the things that has changed….people say, ‘What is NXT?’ Is it strictly developmental and you are looking for everyone to move on? Or is it its own brand?’ It’ll be an interesting place, the criticisms a year or two in, that was a heavy knock on NXT. It was always said, ‘How can I get into this brand?”
“Whenever I get excited about a talent, they move on. It kills me for the brand and I don’t like it.’ It was a heavy criticism. That was the first three or four years. Then it switched and the brand changed again. There will be some talent that is in a position for a long time and they might not fit different places or might not go different places. Some talent don’t want to leave and expand beyond.”
“Maybe the schedule doesn’t work for them physically, whatever it is. It’s funny to me that everyone is so worried about where everyone is going to go or land or how it’ll play out long-term. How about watch it? Do you like it or not like it? Do you have to say, ‘I like it, but I like this other thing more’? Watch it or don’t and stop trying to figure out where everything goes. Fans ruin their own stuff half the time trying to figure out where everything goes and how and then search for the thing to find out what it is that can ruin it for them so they are not surprised when it happens.”
“I don’t understand that. I’m thrilled with what the brand is and where it is. Do I want it to get better? Yes. Do I want it to grow and expand? Yes. People will take this line and use it out of context, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I’m not here to make a brand that is around for a few years or a few minutes. i want it to be long-term. How is it long-term? It morphs and evolves. It shouldn’t be the same. If it’s the same three or four years from now, then we made a mistake. It’s just like people, you grow.”
WWE fans are very passionate and they want the best out of the experience. This also comes with a lot of other things that could detract from an overall enjoyment level. Triple H could have a point, but he is also still playing his corporate hand pretty heavily here.
Triple H also addressed the idea that WWE misuses NXT Superstars upon their call-ups. You can check that out here. Vince McMahon has a certain kind of character he is looking for on the main roster, you may find that exclusive content here as well.
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