The first major change has come from the Vince McMahon retirement announcement on Friday. WWE announced that Paul Levesque aka Triple H was named head of WWE Creative.
In addition to being head of creative within WWE, Triple H will also resume his regular responsibilities as head of talent relations per WWE in a press release this morning.
Triple H will assume all responsibilities related to WWE creative, in addition to his regular duties, per WWE pic.twitter.com/HgyxCZ4QQA
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Triple H Takes Over As Head of Creative
Many people were wondering when this day would come. Paul Levesque was so influential in the rise of NXT the Black and Gold Era, that he was the likely successor to Vince McMahon, when and if he ever retired. We know Vince retired on Friday amidst the sexual assault and misconduct allegations.
Triple H is a student of the game. No pun intended. But his influence on wrestling goes back to when he first broke in with WCW. He really was a student that he took in so much information and was able to tell great stories and develop his character in such a way that he was beloved or hated at the same time. That carried over into the developmental program of FCW and then NXT.
For a time period, NXT was the best brand of wrestling WWE was producing. There was a reason why Triple H was running the show down in NXT. The Black and Gold brand was superior to anything the main roster of WWE was putting out. This may have rubbed some people the wrong way inside of WWE corporate, but Triple H was being groomed to be the next guy in line. Even though guys like Kevin Dunn and Bruce Prichard have been there from the beginning. They needed a wrestling mind to take over and Triple H was that guy.
Though there was some doubt surrounding Triple H and his abilities when AEW was beating NXT during the Wednesday Night Wars, that was not his call to go up against AEW on Wednesday night. NXT was at the height of its existence from 2016 – 2020 when every NXT Takeover was a can’t-miss show. Triple H knew how to tell stories with the roster he had. They even challenged the big boys at Survivor Series. His NXT roster saved WWE Smackdown after a Saudi Arabi show, and the fans loved his wrestlers on the main roster.
But for some odd reason when his guys were called up, creative at the time had no idea what to do with them. Now that the old boys club is gone, the fans hope the product gets better with Triple H in charge. And the guys that starred in NXT get the push they deserve on the main roster. Because this company has to make new stars and Triple H knows how to do that.
Because as we see with AEW, you need wrestlers in charge of a pro wrestling/sports entertainment company. This was the only move that could be made. Triple H running the show in WWE as many hoped he would all those years ago.