WWE’s Triple H took part in a conference call on Wednesday morning with the media to discuss the continued growth and progression of WWE’s NXT brand, as well as the company’s big NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show this Saturday.
Triple H touched on several topics throughout the call, and Inquisitr intends to provide you with some of the most notable highlights from the conference call.
Triple H first addressed the Barclays Center as the host venue of Takeover, something Triple H said he wasn’t a fan of at first. He said that he believed the venue, which is also hosting SummerSlam the next day, was too big for a NXT show. However, when the initial allotment of 6,000 tickets quickly sold out, they decided to open up the full venue for ticketing. The show is now sold-out.
The “WWE Performance Center: All Access” event that will be held at the WWE Performance Center in September was officially announced. Triple H said 40 fans would have the chance to buy tickets to the event on September 28. The experience will include a full tour of the performance center, a chance to watch NXT training sessions, a question and answer session, a chance to take part in a promo class and work on promotional videos, and an exclusive NXT live event for the NXT staff and fans on the tour. Tickets for “WWE Performance Center: All Access” will go on-sale this Monday at 12:00 p.m. ET for $1,499 per person.
The conference call continued with Triple H being asked if future NXT Takeover specials will continue to be held on the weekend of WWE PPVs. Triple H said that he likes the idea of piggy-backing onto big WWE events that have a week-long experience.
Triple H addressed reports that NXT is “raiding” the independent wrestling scene. He said that he was not cherry-picking from any company in particular. He noted that he likes talented people, regardless of where they come from.
Regarding the recent call-ups of NXT’s Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch, Triple H noted that he feels like a proud dad watching them on the main roster.
A question was asked regarding whether or not WWE and NXT are targeting ROH by running head to head shows against them this weekend and during September in Texas. Triple H dismissed the question, noting that he wasn’t even aware that ROH was in Texas at the same time as NXT’s September tour, and the same goes for the show this weekend in New York. Triple H noted that other company’s piggy-back off of WWE’s big shows, and they are simply doing the same thing with NXT. He noted these NXT shows are the best decision for business and nothing more.
Next, Triple H was asked about the on-going rumor that WWE will be partnering with Gabe Sapolsky’s WWN. Triple H didn’t exactly answer the question, but he noted that they are always looking for quality events and partnerships that can help their overall business. He noted that the indy scene was important to WWE’s overall health. Triple H noted that his primary job is to grow WWE’s overall business, and he doesn’t want to see others fail. However, if his moves affect other company’s business, he can’t help that because he has to stick to his mission of growing WWE and NXT.
The possibility of taking NXT international was brought up, due to the recent success of the company’s ticket sales on the road. Triple H said, “the U.K. is going to be very exciting.” He then joked that he probably made the internet explode with that comment.
As far as Vince McMahon’s involvement with NXT, Triple H noted he goes to him about once a week with a report of what’s been going on with NXT. Triple H said it’s usually an exciting meeting.
As far as movement between the brands of WWE and NXT, Triple H said there is no real rule book on how it is done. He said that superstars who are called up to the main roster may still be used as part of NXT shows, and the same goes for a superstar from the main roster who aren’t currently being spotlighted. He specifically mentioned Tyson Kidd and Cesaro being used on NXT while they were part of WWE’s main roster.
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