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Triple H Addresses Randy Orton’s Suspension, Says It’s A Struggle To Find Talent

Promoting this coming Monday’s historic 1000th episode of Raw, Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H, addressed a number of topics including Randy Orton’s ongoing sixty-day suspension for his second violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program.

Orton, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, the site of Monday’s show, will be unable to appear due to the suspension. Though Levesque won’t divulge what Orton did wrong, he notes “The Legend Killer” will be back once the suspension concludes.

“It is important to remember that all of our wrestlers are human but they also have to be accountable,” Levesque says of Orton’s suspension.

As WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events, Levesque’s corporate role is to discover tomorrow’s Superstars. He admits it’s a struggle.

“We’re trying to teach them to be the Stone Colds and the Undertakers of tomorrow, but the one thing we can’t teach is charisma,” said Levesque. “You can teach people to do moves and create story lines and the psychology of what we do, but you can’t teach someone to be the Rock. It’s an innate ability to walk into a room and have everyone pay attention. Put aside the athleticism and what happens in the ring, what our business is really about is connecting with people emotionally. If you are emotionally connected to your character, then people will want to see you. It’s true in Hollywood and movies. You don’t have to be the best actor, just be a presence.”

Triple H, The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin created on-screen personas “fans loved, hated or loved to hate” on Raw in the late ’90s. Levesque feels they were the first stars of reality television.

“Every guy we have, whether it’s me, whether it’s the Undertaker, whether it’s John Cena playing the character John Cena, is a performer,” said Levesque. “What we did is very much the beginning of reality television. ‘Jersey Shore,’ whether people want to believe it or not, is a scripted kind-of show. They don’t give them every single word, but they give them premises and they set things up. It’s not a documentary where you follow them around brushing their teeth. And that’s what we are — we blur that line and that’s what people find intriguing.”

Levesque also offers insight on The Rock and Kane’s on-stage personalities, WWE’s decision to make their shows “PG” television, critics denouncing wrestling as “fake,” and more. Read more here.

  • Tyler(:

    I don’t really care if you like him or not, I explained my reasons perfectly, but any page I comment on you or him are butthurt.

    Not everyone thinks Punk’s perfect, Triple H married his way too the top and ROH’s great.

  • SYM

    @Tyler(: I don’t like Poko at all. For one hes a sick Freak who said he’d Bone his sister, and 2 He thinks hes perfect when he really is a Dickhead.

  • Tyler(:

    And as for your point, I disagree with his point because it’s just typical, yes Punk and Bryan/”Danielson” are far superior too alot of the superstars WWE has, but all I ever see is praise and the constant ignoring of their faults.

    The “IWC fanboys” I call is people who, would moan at anyone else holding the title for this long but constantly praise Punk for holding it. Like I’ve always said the only reason I think CM Punk is overrated is because nearly all of this website apart from a few, praise him too hell and back, when in reality he bitched and moaned and threatened to quit until he was made WWE Champion, and the writers are probably too scared to let him drop it incase he does the same again.

  • Tyler(:

    One, poko, I never said I wasn’t apart of the IWC, I am, but there’s a huge difference between IWC Fanboy and IWC.

    Two, you and SYM have been butthurt for ages and have commented about me on pages I haven’t even been on, so if someone else posted that comment I’d be hurt more, but it’s you so I think i’ll pass on replying.

    and no SYM, as he never said it too my face, he visually raped me, sunshine.

  • JWaller91

    Think about this. Superstars is a MAIN ROSTER show that fans DO NOT watch. Because it’s not called Raw or Smackdown, or because of who is on it? If the fans REALLY wanted to see Tyson Kidd, or A-Ry, or Ryder, or whoever, there is a MAIN ROSTER show they are being built up on that people WON’T watch.

  • chronoxiong

    My name is Triple H. And I am the real Executive Vice President of Talent Relations. He should say that whenever he’s holding a mic now.

  • False Idol

    Is it me, or does anyone else feel that WWE are starting to head down the same path as WCW did when it started getting beaten by WWE? Only this time, there’s no serious competition for WWE..on TV I mean!

  • SYM

    @Poko Did u just verbally Rape Tyler(:

  • poko


    Do you know what an ad hominem attack is? It’s where you disagree with someone, but rather than explain why you disagree, or why the other person is wrong, you instead offer up insults or generalizations about that person. In short, it’s a nonsensical method of argument usually reserved for politicians and children.

    If you disagree with what he said then bloody tell us what you disagree with, not some brainless and meaningless “IWC fanboy” crap. Honestly, it just makes you look ignorant.

    By the way, you’re talking about wrestling online, which means you’re part of the “IWC”.

  • KingAlbert

    HHH – GOAT. Randy is a fkn Champion

  • john

    you will never replace the likes of austin, undertaker, kane and the Rock etc!! there’s just no way of doing that!

  • Pete

    Hard to find talent? seriously? If they bring back the cruiserweight division, there would be loads of talents available.

  • Tyler(:

    Seriously, Devil_Rising you’re a classic IWC fanboy, let me guess anyone from ROH of Japan is sooooo, sooooo talented?

  • Devil_Rising

    He just doesn’t want to publicly admit that two of “his guys” that he hand-picked to be top stars (when others were far more deserving), in Orton and Batista, are both in their own way fuck-ups and wastes of space.

    Don’t get me wrong, I respect Orton’s in ring ability, he’s certainly a hell of a lot more talented than Batista or Cena or Sheamus, or Wade Barret, etc. But as a human being, from everything I’ve heard, he kind of strikes me as at least a BIT of a piece of trash. And honestly, he should be fired already. Not just brought back, hunky dory, because “oh, it’s so hard to make stars.”.

    I’m sorry, but motherfuckers, you’ve GOT stars you could make if you’d give them the spotlight. Punk and Danielson clawed their way up. You shit the bed with Kaval/Low Ki. But there are others, like Tyson Kidd for instance, who could really shine if you’d LET them. Not on Superstars, but on Raw or SD, and really give them match time, give them mic time, let them get over. Half the reason a lot of guys never “got to the top” in WWE, is because WWE often never gave them the chance. And that spans all the way back to the 80s.

  • angel z

    cakes is right wwe used to do that before in the past.

  • xXx

    so, orton going back to being the legend killer? is that a hint?

  • Rocky sucks

    Cakes shut the hell up you arrogant son of a bitch

  • cakes

    It’s not hard to find talent, the WWE has just completely abandoned the idea of working on multiple feuds at a time. The WWE only tends to focus on a WWE title and WHC feud and that’s it. Sure we get the occasional upper-mid card when guys like Cena, Orton, Show, and Jericho aren’t in the title picture, but other than that, that’s it. Guys like SCSA, The Rock, and HHH all got over by creating classic feuds outside of the title picture. They all worked their way up through a slow mid card build and when they finally won their first major championship, it was the culmination of something special. The WWE hasn’t had that since Cena, Bastita, and Orton won their first titles. The WWE needs to focus on the mid card first rather than shooting random new comers to the top of the card, i.e Sheamus, Del Rio, and Barrett.

  • Wife Beater 3:16


    I would like to add that people getting themselves over (Zack Ryder) usually get misused and forgotten; What type of message does that give to the rest of the locker room?

  • SYM

    I feel that there are only Few Guys with Attitude, Charisma, & the Ability to Stand out. What the Attitude Era had that WWE now Fails to deliver is diversity. Back then Everyone looked Different & added stank to their moves. U had Scotty 2 Hotty in dance clothes, Bossman in a Cop Suit, and you had The Hardy’s with the tight Shirts & baggy pants. Everyone now does Basic Moves and they all either where Singles, Trunks, or Tights. Its Boring and very dry. Thats why people has a hardtime remembering Justin Gabriel, or Tyson Kidd. Everyone looks and wrestles the same.

  • Nick Kidd

    3 years…and a new talent is coming..the count down is on for kidd rock!