With the NXT brand getting ready to have its TakeOver show at WrestleMania weekend for the second year in a row, Triple H said TakeOver: Orlando is NXT's Wrestlemania.
At the pre-WrestleMania 33 media call, Triple H fielded questions when he was asked if he agreed with the idea that NXT, WWE's developmental brand, is treating this TakeOver show as the brand's WrestleMania.
"I agree. It's funny to hear people say that this is NXT Takeover's WrestleMania," Triple H said. "This is the second one at WrestleMania. The year before it was just a live event that we did last minute in San Jose. The growth has been extremely quick and impressive. This year in Orlando is taking a whole other step. There's a lot of anticipation for the event and it's great.
Triple H said that TakeOver: Orlando's top match the NXT Championship match between Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura, has the potential to be the best match of WrestleMania weekend, adding that the WWE Network has given the company a valuable resource and a great way for the NXT roster to shine for potentially millions of viewers.
"When I look at the upper-end of that card, it has the potential to steal the weekend or the week," Triple H said. "[Shinsuke] Nakamura and Bobby Roode, I can't say enough of how special they are as talents. When you talk about it being the WrestleMania of NXT, it absolutely is. I know the talent sees it that way. The whole world will be watching. More people now than ever before, by far, watch WrestleMania and all the surrounding activities around it. It's the fifth biggest sports franchise on Forbes. That's following the Super Bowl, Soccer, The Olympics. It's amazing. When you talk about the WWE Network and the amount of people that will watch on the WWE Network, it's just an unbelievably amazing opportunity for these talents to make a name for themselves to the world. Not just to NXT, to WWE, to the world. It doesn't get any bigger than that."
As a reminder, Fightful has complete coverage of WrestleMania weekend, including a live podcast after both TakeOver: Orlando and WrestleMania 33.
The video above from Spanish language website Planeta Wrestling features Triple H's comments.