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Triple H is training again, keeping an eye on AEW and has no update on Lars Sullivan

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It’s a TakeOver week, and that means a Wednesday afternoon media conference call with Triple H in his Paul Levesque, Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE gimmick.

Some highlights, courtesy of Fightful’s stream of the entire call:

  • Regarding talent’s use of social media in general, Hunter said it’s a constant battle to see where the line is. His concerns are they not give things away - “You can follow the magician, he doesn’t have to show you the tricks.” He also said fans are as interested in the performer behind the character as the character itself, and smart enough to tell them apart.

  • Asked about All Elite Wrestling, “It’s clearly something that we’ll keep an eye on, and clearly something that they’re out there doing their business, but we’ll do what is right for our business... we’ll continue to monitor everything and we say it all the time, but it’s not just a competitor like that - we compete against everything... when you’re a content provider, you compete against everything, including sleep and everything else.”

  • The new United Kingdom Performance Center has a smaller staff than the U.S. one, because they have fewer needs (such as language training). The basics of training, health, and wellness are all set-up. He expects it to change over time, but it’s headed in the right direction.

  • On Lars Sullivan being heavily promoted then not debuting with other NXT call-ups amidst rumors of mental health issues: “There’s a lot of speculation and stories about everybody at all times and it’s a funny thing, if there’s any kind of a glitch in a movement for a moment it leads to everything being speculated about. There’s a lot of talk but Lars is in a good place and nothing has really changed. We’re moving forward, and you’ll know when you see it, but nothing has changed.”

  • Matt Riddle and Bianca Belair were put over, along with Shayna Baszler & War Raiders. Punishment Martinez was mentioned as one of the talents ready to come up behind the current crop of on-screen stars.

  • Haitch said his rehab from surgery to repair a torn pec suffered at Crown Jewel is complete. He just got cleared last week to train again and mentioned being sore from working out. He’s excited.

  • Future UK TakeOvers are planned, but determining the right number of TakeOver events a year is a work in progress, and he doesn’t expect the new brand to be on the same schedule as the original NXT right away.

  • He expects to open a few additional international Performance Centers in the next couple years, but other countries will be more difficult than the UK was. India sounds like a priority, and they’re going through discussions of where to locate a PC there. They have big distribution deals there to consider.

  • Andrade was discussed, and Hunter says it took him time to get comfortable with the language, but expects we’ll see more and more from him at the next level. He’s made the most of every opportunity he’s been given in the company.

  • The Rock’s daughter Simone training on and off at the Performance Center was brought up, and Trips says she’s caught the “wrestling bug” and has the business in her blood. Her father is big on bringing her along “the right way”, but it sounds like she’ll continue to pursue training.

  • In response to questions about post-WrestleMania call-ups, he repeated familiar lines about not being able to predict the future, moving talent around between all brands based on need. “It comes down to what’s best for all levels of the product.”

  • Asked about NXT being on television at some point, he said right now they’re focused on moving SmackDown to Fox.

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