WWE EVP Triple H recently spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News to promote WWE Premiere Week. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On changes to WWE's shows during WWE Premiere Week: "Raw will have its own unique look, feel, setup. Everything about it should feel unique. It’s got its own dedicated writing team and crew and talent roster. And Smackdown on Fox will have the same. While new partners for us, we have our family of USA that we’ve been with and are comfortable with and continue to grow with. It’s almost like a relaunch there of everybody in that family doubling down on what Raw is. And then on Fox, you have this new relationship, this dynamic of broadcast television and a roster that will sit there and its own dedicated team, writing team, and everything else. It will be very separate. And in the middle, you have with our family partners, you have NXT."
On Full Sail University remaining NXT's Headquarters: "I think that’s fun and I think that’s fun for people watching. But I think even if you looked at it and said it’s a little smaller than I would have thought, five seconds later, once that match starts, you forget all about that. It doesn’t matter. I almost feel like that is part of the magic of it. It feels more intimate. It feels grittier. It feels more in-your-face. It feels a bit more exclusive to me and I love that difference. To me, I’m a fan from day one. That’s how I got into this and I look at it this way: If I’m a music fan, do I want to see Metallica in a stadium or does it really matter to me if they’re playing at the theater down the road? It’s the same. And that intensity … it’s almost crazier at the theater. I’d almost rather go to it there. It’s intimate and tight. I’d rather it be that."
On NXT airing weekly on USA Network and early ratings/viewership for the show: "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 … People have asked me right now, we had tremendous success last week (the Wednesday, September 18 edition) with the rating for NXT, over a million people watching. The rating was great. A 200 percent increase in the 18-34 demo. On every level. I’m happy with that, but to me, this is a marathon. It’s not a sprint."
On Kenny Omega's claim that most NXT Superstars would be in dark matches to his main event matches in AEW: "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."
Check out the complete Triple H interview at SportingNews.com.
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