Posts Tagged ‘Triple H’

Source: Indepedent

Triple H spoke with the Independent on a number of topics including the future of WWE’s UK Division. He talked about how it takes time to put together a division and hoped things would have come together a bit quicker.

“Pete [Dunne] and all of those UK guys are very talented,” Triple H said. “Putting together a product of a television show and live events in the UK and doing what we do takes time. I would love for this to have happened quicker and sooner, but we are where we are.”

Triple H continued that he expects something more consistent to come together for the division in the near future with many of the talent training in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center.

“We’re still in that process but we’re using those guys here and there and they are still doing their other bookings as well as working with us,” Triple H said. “As we move forward, I’m hoping something more definitive for them will be coming soon and we’ll certainly be letting everyone know. They are all very talent kids and a bunch of them are at the Performance Center now, training and constantly working with us as we try to improve them so that, when the opportunity comes, we are ready to go.”

Back in January of this year, WWE held a WWE UK Tournament in Blackpool, England that crowned Tyler Bate as the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Since then, Bate dropped the title to Pete Dunne and the division has been used sparingly, making appearances on NXT, and more recently, on Raw and 205 Live when WWE visited the UK, earlier this month.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Bleacher Report

Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss spoke with Bleacher Report before her upcoming title match against Mickie James at WWE TLC. Here are some of the highlights:

Improving in the ring:

“I’m still working on my in-ring ability. I know I’m not the best in [the] ring. I try to get better with every match. I go to the [WWE Performance Center] and try to refresh my skills and learn new ones and bring that into my matches.”

Getting drafted to the main roster:

“Opportunities, you have to make the most of them. You have to run with it. And I know I was one of the most underwhelming draft picks because I hadn’t done much on NXT. I hadn’t had a TakeOver match. I hadn’t won the title. I had valeted the majority of my career. And I knew I just had to just kick down the door.”

Appearing (along with Sasha Banks and Charlotte) at WrestleMania 30 as part of Triple H’s entrance:

“That was one of the best moments ever. I remember walking out and just hearing 80,000 people, and Triple H turned to all of us and told us, ‘This is just the beginning for you guys.’ Eighty-thousand people are here to see this match, to watch this show. To have that moment, it was definitely very motivating. I want that moment. I want to work my way up and have a match where that many people are cheering for me. It was really eye-opening.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: The CCW Podcast

Recently, WWE Hall Of Famer Razor Ramon, also known as Scott Hall, was a guest on The CCW Podcast. Among many other things, Hall talked about Road Dogg’s success behind-the-scenes with WWE, so-called ‘panicked’ booking by WWE, what makes NXT the hottest pro wrestling show, whether Triple H is the right person to succeed Vince McMahon as WWE Chairman, and whether any promotion can challenge WWE like WCW did during the Monday Night Wars.

According to Hall, Road Dogg is Triple H’s righthand man and doing very well for someone who has battled his own share of so-called personal demons.

“Road Dogg [has] done great and he [has] been down too. He [has] turned his life around in a big way. He’s like Triple H’s righthand guy because those Armstrong guys, his brother Scotty works there too, they tell it like it is. They grew up in wrestling, so they’re not B.S.ers. They tell it like it is.”

In Hall’s view, WWE’s booking is “panicky” at times and “change stuff at the last minute.” With that said, Hall described NXT as “the hottest show” right now, largely because of its one-hour runtime. ‘The Bad Guy’ professed that WWE Monday Night RAW is too long at three hours per episode.

“Well, he runs NXT completely, Triple H. And to me, it’s the hottest show out there and I think a big factor is… it is… I think a big factor is because it’s one hour and SmackDown [Live] gets better ratings because it’s two hours. I mean, three hours of RAW is hard to watch and I love pro wrestling.” Hall continued, “when business is red-hot and stuff, that’s great, but you’re giving away a pay-per-view every week and coming up with three hours of good TV starts to get hard. And, like, now the position that WWE is in is that because it’s a publicly traded company and it’s not a family business and they sell commercial time even if the show’s not that good, you’re still generating revenue off of those commercials, so they can’t [go back to a two-hour RAW]. I think if it was up to Paul [Levesque], he would go back to one-hour TV because it leaves you wanting more. But, I mean, things are what they are.”?

While Hall believes that Triple H is the right person to take over WWE, Hall quickly pointed out that ‘The Game’ used to be The Kliq’s lackey, carrying bags and acting as the collective’s designated driver.

“Don’t get me wrong, I respect Paul, I respect Triple H, and he [has] done some things. He’s the right guy for the job. He doesn’t sleep. He’s just like Vince. He’s a cyborg. But when I first met him, he used to carry my bag. He was kind of nobody and I was kind of a big deal. And I used to mess with him, like, do you know how you can walk behind somebody and walk right in their footsteps? Like, he would come in to TV and I was just doing it to him and he’s turning around like, ‘whoa.’ So I said, ‘I guess you’ve heard all the rumors about all the gay stuff here, right?’ And he went, ‘yeah.’ I said, ‘it’s all true!’ And the coolest thing about having him around was he was skilled. And I’m looking at him going, ‘well, here’s this rich boy from the country club and Razor’s gimmick is from the streets.’ I’m thinking, ‘oh, and he can go? Man, I’d love to work with him.’ And because he never drank or did a drug, still doesn’t, sometimes we’d pressure him to ‘drink it!’ and he would drink, like, one shot of Jack Daniels. But it was perfect for guys like me, and Shawn [Michaels], and [1-2-3] Kid, and Kev [Nash] because we were drinking and taking prescription drugs only. I can prove it, doctor. But we’re partying and going hard and we’d just get in the van and go, ‘drive, monkey!’ And we’d sit in the back and drink beer and he was totally straight, didn’t do a drug.”

When asked whether the wrestleverse will ever see another Monday Night Wars, Hall indicated that he does not see any real competition for WWE these days.

“I just think it would be great if there was somebody for them to compete with because it makes everybody better, but I don’t see anybody [capable of challenging WWE]. TNA ain’t going to be a threat. I think Ring Of Honor, Ring Of Honor may be the closest thing, but it’s still kind of bush. Their TV is kind of bush. New Japan’s TV is slicker, but I don’t think American audiences will really get behind Japanese guys at this point, so I don’t see any Monday Night Wars coming up.”

Source: The Post and Courier

Drew McIntyre spoke with The Post and Courier on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

One of the differences when he returned to WWE:

“The last time I had an opportunity to be in NXT was in its infant stages. I had been a part of Raw and Smackdown for a few years, so I really didn’t know anybody. This time around, after having been gone for around three years, it was a surprise at NXT Takeover: Orlando. Once I headed back to the locker room afterwards, I knew legitimately 80 percent of the locker room, as well as knowing everybody who works backstage with the camera crew, the producers, etc. I saw so many familiar faces … it felt like I had never been gone.”

Lessons learned away from WWE:

“When you’re by yourself and not with WWE, you are your own business. And I was very successful in that business because of all the lessons I learned. I truly learned how to be a top brand myself and be what I needed to be. When the time was right and I wasn’t under contract anywhere, I spoke to Triple H on the phone. It was the right time to come home, and I was the right guy. I got the opportunity, and now I’ve got the ball and I’m going to run with it as far as I can.”

NXT being the number one show:

“My job is to get NXT recognized as that third brand, not just as developmental. And since I’ve been back I’ve noticed the difference that people are starting to refer to it that way. It obviously doesn’t have the platform that Raw or Smackdowndoes, but I believe it’s the No. 1 show. We’re so competitive and passionate when it comes to our shows. I hope everyone’s keeping an eye on us. We are the No. 1 show for a reason. Everyone on the show has earned that spot. There are 150 people down at NXT. So if you’re on the show, wherever it may be, they’ve earned that spot and are giving a WrestleMania performance every time they’re in the ring.”

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WWE is going back to the ’90s next month.

Triple H announced Wednesday that “WarGames” will return to professional wrestling for the first time since 1998 as a part of WWE’s “NXT TakeOver” show in Houston on Nov. 18.

The gimmick match was created by Dusty Rhodes and made its debut at the NWA’s “Great American Bash” in 1987.

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RAW Women’s Champion was a guest on the latest episode of PodcastOne’s Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia. In the interview, Bliss discussed growing up as an athlete, her start in the WWE, the challenge of transitioning from cheerleader to WWE Superstar, her move to the main roster and more.

You can download the full episode from PodcastOne at this link, they sent us these highlights:

Her journey to WWE:

“My trainer, Mike at the time had told me that he had heard that WWE was having tryouts and so I went online on WWE.com and there was actually a link and it was like, ‘Do you want to be a WWE Superstar?’ I was like ‘Yes I do!’ So I clicked on it and it had all these instructions, it was like, ‘Make a video, do this, do that, send in the video.’ I made a video trying to cut a promo, you know just trying be as Diva as I could I guess. I sent it in and didn’t think anything would come of it and I got a call from Canyon saying, ‘Hey, we’re actually having a casting call in LA and we’re going to send you out there for a day and like, see how that goes.’

“Went to the casting call, I walked in and Triple H was in there and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re Triple H!’ Like I totally had that fangirl moment, cause you know watching it and then seeing somebody for the first time and you’re just like, ‘Oh my gosh that’s so cool!’ So I just started talking and talking and talking about like these just terrible wrestling ideas I had. I was like, ‘I want to be like The Great Kabuki, but with the Green Mist I want to blow glitter-I want to spit glitter out!’ Just like all these kinds of things and I’m sure he thought it was a terrible idea.”

“And then I was told I made the thirty day trial after that which was you get in the ring for thirty days and you know, just learn as much as you can and they pick you from there. I got a call on the flight home saying I made it to the thirty day trial. I was super stoked and then I got a call a week later saying that I wasn’t going to the thirty day trial and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ Canyon was like, ‘We’re going to sign you. You’re going to move to Florida if you pass medical. Let’s just hope you’re as athletic as you look.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, no pressure.’ So it was basically WWE just kind of taking a chance on me, you know what I mean? Just giving me a chance and I knew I had to run with it as much as I could.”

The challenge of being accepted as a wrestler:

“I didn’t wrestle before coming here. There’s a respect thing here, you know what I mean? This whole business is based on respect and because I wasn’t wrestling in the indies beforehand, it was very hard to be accepted. It was very very hard because it’s a whole culture here, you know what I mean? You have to learn and it wasn’t the fact that anyone was telling me what to do, it was I had to learn by messing up. And so because I didn’t know these girls, I didn’t know these ways, you know it was very hard to adapt, it was very difficult and I was very lonely for a really long time.

“Coming into NXT, Charlotte took me under her wing immediately and saw you know, how I wasn’t being accepted because of my background, they just saw me as another fitness model coming in and I had never done fitness modeling and it irked me so bad anytime anyone would call me a fitness model, you know what I mean? These girls were so good and they already knew, you know the fundamentals, they knew the psychology, they knew everything that I had just come into this, you know what I mean? And one of the people that helped me a lot through that too was Shaul Guerrero. I became really close with Shaul in NXT and she always had my back for everything and she would help me as much as she could, Charlotte helped me as much as she could and they became my really good friends from that. It was super helpful because you know I had been in a locker room with girls my entire life, but when you go somewhere that you’re not used to, it’s kind of like a little bit of a culture shock.”

Learning how to cut promos:

“My mom helped me a lot. We’d have promo classes in NXT once a week and me and my mom would make it our thing to come up with a promo and it would be fun. So I was always doing these promos in front of my mom and she’d be like, ‘Hmm, that didn’t sound very convincing.’ She would just be like honest, you know what I mean? It was just like in cheer when I would have a routine, she would be like, ‘Stop, start over again, stop, start over again.’ So it’s kind of like the same kind of thing with promos and then we had Dusty (Rhodes) as a promo coach who was amazing. He was brilliant at everything he did. I started getting comfortable in promos when I was partnered with Scott Dawson in NXT. It never debuted on TV, but I was playing his girlfriend in promo classes for like a few months and that’s what really kind of got me comfortable with promos because I was out of the box, I was reenacting, I was reacting off of people, you know?

“When I joined Blake and Murphy, that’s when i was able to really hone in my character as to who Alexa Bliss is because I didn’t have to be in the ring and try to portray a character at the same time and worry about a match and this that and the other. But the fact that I was able to be a valet and to establish a character, work on characters, work on promos, and it helped so much, especially since we were all three really close-me, Blake, and Murphy. I was dating Murphy at the time and it was just like hanging out with friends and being able to do promos and work with people who are just your friends makes it so much easier and I think that’s kind of evolved into what I think about now in promos is like what we said, ‘You don’t just say things, you feel them.’ I’m that psycho person backstage, every promo I still have, even if it’s just two sentences or three pages, I’m backstage, I’m talking to myself, I’m pacing and just saying each thing, dissecting it, being like, ‘Okay now how would I really feel if I just said that?’ And then I say it to myself a couple of times, ‘No that doesn’t sound right.’ And I say it and I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s what clicks. Thats what how I feel.'”

Her friendship with Nia Jax:

“She’s very loud, I’m very quiet. We balance each other out like crazy. We’ll call each other out on crap all the time, we’ll joke around nonstop. I’ve always been friends with people like Nia, I’ve always been. I love Nia, she is amazing. She’s outgoing, she’s funny, we joke around all the time, we quote Bridesmaids like its going out of style, it’s the best! We’re always making each other laugh. Like when one of us is stressed, we always try to bring the other one up, you know? We sing songs on the top of our lungs on car rides. I’m pretty sure we’re the first like real best friends that have ever been on it (Total Divas) so I think that will be very interesting.

“When NXT has tryouts, they have some of the talent to come and help and like work the tryout, tell people where to roll, where to do this, basically boss everyone around. I worked Nia’s tryout and so I remember I was doing cardio while they were having a lunch break and she comes up and she starts talking to me like she knew me forever, like she’s never met a stranger in her life! And I was like, ‘Oh, hello!’ And then we’ve just become really close after that and became best friends shortly after.”

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Source: USA Today

Recent WWE signing Kacy Catanzaro most likely won’t face any speed bumps as she learns the physical side of wrestling. A former competitor on American Ninja Warrior, she has a fearlessness that should suit her well in the ring. But the real question is what will Catanzaro’s character be when she’s ready to make her debut.

Triple H, who’s had a hand in developing countless young superstars, told USA Today he thinks Catanzaro might find success as a cocky heel.

“I like to think of myself as a nice guy, (but) I made 90 percent of my career being the worst guy in the business,” he said. “She might end up being the bad guy that thinks she’s better than everybody else, because she was the hero on American Ninja Warrior.”

He continued: “She has a little twinkle in her eye. She might be the kind of person that embraces the evil side.”

As noted, Catanzaro has a different opinion and said she hopes for her character to spread positivity, the same way she does in real life.

“I’m not gonna be a bad guy,” she said. “I’m definitely gonna be a babyface (and) keep the same (positive) brand that I am in Ninja, which is honestly who I am in general.”