With the ‘Wednesday Night War’ about to ensue, WWE COO and NXT mogul Triple H spoke with Sporting News about what’s ahead, and obviously got a few shots in along the way.
One of the main topics circulated around NXT airing on the USA Network at the same time as TNT’s AEW: Dynamite and whether that constitutes a war:
“It’s a funny thing. I don’t hear anybody going the Tuesday night sitcom wars are off the chart. It’s just a genre of entertainment in a way and to say there’s this war, first of all, for me, it comes down to putting on the best show… the goal is the same. It doesn’t matter to me if there’s another show on that night. It doesn’t matter to me if there’s somebody else in the space. I’m not concerned with that, especially not yet given the fact that so far, they’ve held four, five shows. And they’ve been great. But they’re one-off shows.
Fifty-two weeks a year, two hours live every week is a different animal. Totally different animal. So, until that’s started happening and happened for a while, because an immediate splash … On every level. I’m happy with that [the ratings success of NXT’s USA premiere on Sept. 18], but to me, this is a marathon. It’s not a sprint.
There’s competition that we’ve dealt with for years. You can look back and say a brief period with WCW, but the competition we’ve dealt with for years is the NFL, is Major League Baseball. It’s large scale sporting events. It’s political debates. It’s everything that is out there and that’s what we deal with. So, my goal is to put on the best show possible every single week and we’ll see what the future brings because right now, it’s just a bunch of speculation over two-week programming that hasn’t even started yet and there’s no track record of success long-term of a two-hour, weekly live event in any way, shape, or form.”
He was also asked about Kenny Omega’s recent derogatory comments on NXT and whether that irritates him:
“It doesn’t matter to me. I’m not sure if you’re aware of social media and that landscape. It’s a fairly negative place (laughs). If you’re going to get thin-skinned and read into stuff and get angry about stuff that people say, it’s gonna be a rough life.
There’s a statement about opinions over the years I’ve heard. Everybody it entitled to their opinion. Everybody is entitled to put an executive tag on the front of their name and think that’s a cool thing. Whatever. It’s all good. Bring your best show. If that’s how you want to look at it, bring your best show. I’ll bring my best show. We’re all good and the winners are the fans and they’ll choose what they want to watch and how. It doesn’t matter to me. It really doesn’t and it’s not my interest and my interest is the best show possible.
I’m going to take the talent roster that we have, I’m going to take the in-ring product that NXT has that I would put up against anything in the world, bar none, and I’m going to put on the best show possible every single week for two hours. My competition is everything else out, but the truth is for our fans, I just want to deliver the best product that I can to them. That’s as far as it goes.“
He was also asked about AEW in terms of comparisons to WCW or even TNA:
“What is the level of what it is right now? I don’t know. I don’t know until we see, but I hope they bring the best product that they can for fans. I hope that they do and we’ll bring ours and then we’ll go from there. But until I see what the product is, it’s hard for me to even comment on it because there is no product right now, not on a two-hour live basis every week.”
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