When NXT started expanding into the UK, there was some worry of the independent scene over there dying out and Triple H addresses the ripple effects of that expansion.
Triple H appeared on the "After The Bell" podcast and spoke about NXT the brand branching out and having some of its wrestlers compete for a number of other promotions such as EVOLVE and Progress. He would go on to say that there will be some promotions that will go out of business but it will be the ones that either don't take care of talent or don't have proper medical care on hand. The companies that WWE has worked for as of late are the ones Triple H said are cultivating talent.
“I think all of that is important in that this feeder system of what the business is. People that have misunderstood, like when we went to the UK, what we were trying to accomplish there because of small thinking or short sightedness. Yes, some of these indies are going to go away. The ones that are going to go away, the ones that were paying you $25 when they promised you $75, the ones that have a ring that wouldn’t hold up and didn’t have medical care, the ones that didn’t care about you. [They] cared about booking you because they were hoping to sell some extra tickets because you had a little bit of a buzz. We wanted to work with the ones that were cultured, that were cultivating talent, the ones that were encouraging them to get better with promos or giving them guidance, right or wrong, on their matches and had equipment that was functioning and medical care in case you got injured while you were there that at least you weren’t lying there for 45 minutes while trying to figure out if they could get an ambulance in here or call an Uber. All those things were important to us and those were the people we partnered with and let people work for. From what I’ve been told, the system has changed a lot and there’s a lot more of them policing it and the talent being able to police it. There are reasons some [promotions] thrive and some don’t,” Triple H said.
NXT UK airs every Thursday on the WWE Network and already has two TakeOver events with another one taking place on January 12, 2020 in Blackpool, England. Fightful will have live coverage of the event. The full podcast can be heard at this link.
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