As we head into the weekend when WWE will be putting on two major events, SummerSlam and NXT: Takeover Brooklyn III, one of WWE’s major players will be front an center.
NXT head and WWE COO Triple H made an appearance on CBS Sports’ In This Corner Podcast and talked about a number of things, including NXT, WWE and a number of other topics.
“When you say, ‘What’s the No. 2 promotion?’, WWE doesn’t have a promotion knocking on its door and pushing them. RAW and SmackDown do” Triple H said when discussing competition within the company.
“RAW and SmackDown have a promotion right on their tail pushing them to do more. That promotion is going to run a show on Saturday night at the Barclays Center and it’s called NXT.
“It’s [NXT] going to set a bar and the main roster is going to have to step up to that bar.
Trust me, those are all people that are coming from NXT, and now the kids here are pushing them to do the same thing that they pushed the people in front of them to do.”
With wrestling fans immersed in the massive universe of WWE, it can be hard for fans to find alternatives to WWE programming.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) is one option that has become a bigger blip on fans’ radar in recent years as more and more well-known American performers have spent time in the ring with NJPW.
But as NJPW continues to gain more and more success, Triple H talked about how that factors in with WWE.
“I don’t think anyone forces anyone to make adjustments, I think it’s just that the world changes” Triple H discussed.
“What people will accept changes? What people will like changes?
“People’s styles that I bring in, I’m not trying to change these performers. I’m trying to give them a platform and then take them on that platform and make the biggest, global star you can make” Triple H explained.
“Whether that goes on to NXT and then on to SmackDown or RAW, whatever that is. A lot of these kids, I want them to be headlining WrestleMania.”