Triple H was not told about the recent wave of releases in NXT until Johnny Ace was already making phone calls. This was part of Vince McMahon’s big new vision for the brand. They want to make a return to what NXT once was, prior to raiding the indies. Triple H says that nothing has shifted at all.
While speaking to the media, Triple H was asked about this change for NXT. Ariel Helwani uploaded a video of The Game’s response as he explained how the black and gold brand really hasn’t changed from what they once were when it comes to the kind of talent they are looking to hire.
“People talk about the shifting of what it is. It never really shifted. So, if you go back and look at the hiring process, not hiring process of the television show, but the hiring process of who we’re looking to train to make WWE Superstars long term. If you go back and look at that it hasn’t shifted. It’s been the same process.”
“I don’t negate anybody from a standpoint of ‘I wrestled some independent stuff’ — you’re out. That’s not a factor to me.”
The shift in WWE’s NXT brand did cause some frustration within the brand, but Triple H is very good at making sure that people don’t see it from his outward appearance. We’ll have to see how the black and gold brand looks in a few months, but things seem to be changing no matter what Triple H says.
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