On the morning of July 22, Triple H was named EVP, Talent Relations of WWE. By the afternoon, Vince McMahon announced his decision to retire from WWE, stepping down as CEO.
On Monday, it was announced that Triple H would assume all creative duties that were previously occupied by McMahon. Triple H had led NXT as executive producer since 2010, but stepped away at the end of 2021 due to health issues.
During a media scrum in Nashville as part of WWE SummerSlam week, Triple H was asked by Nick Hausman of Wrestling INC how his vision will change from that of Vince's.
"You gotta watch the show. You gotta watch the show," he said with a laugh.
He continued, providing a little more color on the situation by saying, "This is the longest-running stuff on TV, we say it all the time. Raw, SmackDown, SummerSlam, everything we're doing. There are a massive pair of shoes to fill that I'm trying in some way to step into, but I do not dream, for one second, that I can fill those shoes by myself. It's going to take a lot of us. It's going to take a team. It's going to take everybody here to fill those shoes and continue on, but we will. The intent is to continue the legacy of what has been going on, that made me fall in love with this business that he created and to take it to new levels. To take it to beyond where it is now. The only way we're going to do that is as a team. That's with Steph, Nick Khan, myself, Kevin Dunn, everybody that is here. All this talent. The great, hardest working talent in the world. I have no doubt in my mind that with this team, we can do it. Not an inkling of doubt. It's just a lot of hard work and we're all going to grind. We have the greatest fans in the world and we're going to make sure they get everything they want out of this product and then some."
With Vince retiring, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan were named Co-CEOs of the company.
Later during the scrum, Triple H was asked by Jon Alba of AdFreeShows about Paul Heyman, who is helping scout talent during the WWE tryouts, possibly being involved in creative and development aspects going forward
"I want ideas from everybody. I want thoughts from everybody. To me, this inclusive. That goes for the talent. When I say this is going to take all of us, it's going to take all of us. I want that. Paul is one of the best promos in the history of this business. Who better? When I asked him to be part of this, he was thrilled. We both joke about the fountain of youth at these things. Who better to come here to talk about that skill? Paul has the gift of gab, always has. Who better to come here and motivate these kids?" said Triple H, before also mentioning Big E and Bianca Belair as people who have helped out with the tryouts.
Fightful Select reported on July 25 that Triple H led the meeting and promised the talent transparency that some of them don't feel has existed under the previous regime.
The first show under Triple H's regime was Monday's WWE Raw. Fans can find results from the show by clicking here.
Fans can learn more about Big E's involved in the WWE tryouts by clicking here.
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