The SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon recently appeared on the Steve Austin Show and opened up about lots of things. When asked about Triple H’s work with NXT, the SmackDown Live superstar praised the work of WWE CEO:
“Paul [Levesque], Triple H, has done a phenomenal job with a whole cast of guys of really building that territory. Dusty [Rhodes] prior to him and Paul [has] taken it to a-whole-nother level. Prior to that, that’s originally what we wanted ECW to be when we first purchased it. I wrote the business plan for ECW just to be that AAA system because we needed guys. Whether you’re coming up or coming down, you have certain guys that are going to peak. You can’t stay at the peak forever, so as they come down, well, start [sharing] that knowledge.”
Shane also commented on SmackDown Live’s current state and said that the Blue Brand’s programmes are freer than Raw:
“SmackDown, I don’t know if [Austin] would agree with this, has a lot more spontaneity than RAW and I also think it’s because it’s not as regulated as much as RAW. RAW was number one. I think, and kudos to Brian James and the creative group there. Everybody’s trying very hard to create more of that spontaneity and to give guys and girls opportunities they would never have had if it’s all under one brand, so going back to our theme of our entire podcast here, is having the right opportunity, but telling the right stories.”
Apart from this, the SmackDown Live official said that he is enjoying his current role in WWE and talked about how things are different now compared to the old territory days.
Transcript via Wrestlinginc.