Vince McMahon’s retirement from WWE brings with it a ton of potential changes for the company. With Paul “Triple H” Levesque back in charge of talent relations, there are some questions about whether WWE will change its recruiting approach. The current strategy focuses heavily on young, good-looking athletes who don’t have any wrestling experience.
Fans who watched NXT when Triple H was in charge know he thinks about the situation much differently. The black and gold era of the developmental brand saw The Game bring in the top independent talent from around the world. It was a far cry from the in-house talent development strategy currently being employed.
With Vince McMahon gone, Stephanie McMahon installed as the new co-CEO, and Triple H in as EVP of talent relations, the recruiting process for WWE could see some big changes. That may mean the company takes closer looks at outside talent, including AEW. On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was asked if Triple H plans to go after any of those top AEW stars.
“Put it this way. If he thinks he can get them, of course! Of course! I mean, even if Vince was there, the idea of taking guys of that level, they would absolutely go for it. Would it be the right move for either of those three people? That’s something that they would have to judge.”
Meltzer noted that The Young Bucks have a year and a half left on their deals. Kenny Omega has about six months remaining. That may not be enough time to give them the evidence of change they’d like to see, but WWE would pursue them if the opportunity were there.
Time will tell if WWE’s approach to bringing in outside talent changes. They have had massive success with the Cody Rhodes signing. Others could eventually follow in his footsteps, especially with Vince McMahon out of the picture.
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