Triple H spoke with reporters last week to discuss NXT’s latest PPV, NXT Takeover: New Orleans. To say the Game was ecstatic when it comes to the event would be a bit of an understatement. Triple H has seen his product, his baby grow. From the early days of Seth Rollins and Bo Dallas to Aleister Black and Adam Cole, NXT has constantly risen above expectations, and Takeover: New Orleans was no different.
Here are some highlights, courtesy of ESPN.
NXT’s growth and turnover rate:
That level of growth in that short period of time, is awesome. It’s one of my favorite things about NXT. I think there was a lot of people who thought it was a weakness when we first started, that ‘Oh my God, you get somebody over and then the roster takes them and then you’re doomed, right?’ Might take us a little bit… but we’ll get there.
It’s about new talent. I think it’s the strength. I can look at almost every card…when we go to Brooklyn, almost every year, I can look at that card and there’s nobody on it from the year before. I can look at this card tonight, I’m not really sure who’s on it from last year’s card. It’s very small, and when you look at the main roster [at WrestleMania], I think there’s two matches on that card that don’t have somebody from NXT.
On Gargano vs Ciampa main eventing Takeover:
It’s just a classic story, you know, you don’t even have to say wrestling. Classics never get old, it’s authentic and it’s real. It was done with passion and emotion and feel. There’s a ring of truth to all of it, right? We put Gargano and Ciampa together and they weren’t the best of friends, but they became it. He was in his wedding and all that is legit.
And to go forward from there, the injuries and just the story…part of it was the plan, and then part of it was just working around the nuances of life to get there. But it almost made it better in some way, right? TO me this is one of those things that I love because it is the classic bad guy-good guy…to me, that’s the art of what we do, and I do consider this an art form, in every sense of it. Sometimes you hit magic.
The UK division:
I see a link to NXT, I see these all, in some way, linked to NXT. Hard for me to place exactly. If the individual, regional territory is the feeder system for a large global presence of NXT, where the NXT Champion can be, sort of, on a traveling basis of appearing in different places and different promotions for, whether that Australia, whether that’s the U.K., wherever it is. I think there’s huge opportunities there.