D-Von Dudley has spoken out against the major change in WWE’s creative leadership from Vince McMahon’s extended tenure to Paul “Triple H” Levesque. When McMahon stepped down as WWE’s Chairman and CEO, he was quickly replaced by Levesque, who took on the additional title of Chief Content Officer. The creative direction of “Raw” and “SmackDown” now falls under his purview.
Dudley, a backstage employee on the “NXT” brand, recently spoke on “The A2theK Wrestling Show” to talk about how well Levesque is settling into his new role. When asked who he thought would help the WWE, Dudley answered, “Triple H.”
“Vince used to always tell the wrestlers sometimes the vision is not there anymore, or sometimes you just need a new vision to help you out,” Dudley stated. “Triple H, in my opinion, was able to test the waters of everything on ‘NXT.’ To launch “NXT,” he turned unknown wrestlers into household names.89
That’s not an easy thing to do at all. Nobody can say anything bad about Triple H that I don’t already know. He practically synonymously branded “NXT” with professional wrestling. That experience was invaluable, and I couldn’t be happier that he is now running things in Vince’s absence. There is an awesome vibe in the changing room.”
Dudley likened Levesque replacing McMahon to a “title change” in WWE programming. In his opinion, the product’s success can be attributed to the fact that it offers consumers something novel.
That being said, according to Dudley, every promotion requires a McMahon-type figure to keep the talent in control. Please reference “The A2theK Wrestling Show” and provide a hat tip to Wrestling Inc. for the transcribing if you utilize any of the quotes found here.