— When Michelle Wilson and George Barrios were fired, there were internal whispers that something “almost as big” was being kept quiet but would eventually be revealed when the company filed paperwork. Their recent SEC filing might shed some light into that as Paul “HHH” Levesque’s role went from EVP of Talent, Live Events and Creative to EVP of Global Talent Strategy & Development. Essentially he is now in charge of the entire NXT brand and selling NXT TV rights overseas while strategically looking to expand the brand globally. He has been moved away from being in charge of talent and that role now falls to Brad Blum, Vince McMahon’s Chief of Staff who is officially the EVP, Operations and overseeing the division that Levesque handled. There are people both internally and externally who have called this change in role a “quiet demotion” for HHH, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Mark Carrano, who is a VP in Talent Relations, used to report directly to Levesque but now is reporting to Blum instead. On last night's Smackdown, Triple H appeared to make fun of the Observer's report of his "quiet demotion" by saying that despite that, he is busier than ever.
-- A report from pwinsider.com suggests that Triple H's claim of being busier is completely true as one of his main projects is to develop and open new WWE Performance Centers - both in North America and overseas - as a way for WWE to recruit and develop new talent for their brands. While he is still in charge of NXT, building up the entire company's future is now considered his main responsibility.
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-- For related news about Triple H shooting about online rumors of him being demoted by WWE live on the air last night while serving as guest commentator alongside Michael Cole for the empty arena WWE PC-hosted Friday Night SmackDown broadcast, click here.
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