Triple H, who is married to Stephanie McMahon, has also achieved great success as an executive after gradually moving away from the ring. The 14-time world champion can be considered one of the main architects of the 'NXT miracle', having contributed to its foundation and growth in recent years.
From a mere development territory, the 'Black and Gold' brand has turned into a very valid alternative to Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. There are not a few fans and professionals who consider the NXT shows qualitatively superior to those of the main roster.
Earlier this month, Vince McMahon released 13 stars on the yellow roster. The Wrestle Votes portal also reported that there was great tension behind the scenes ahead of the NXT episode airing this week. In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo explained some interesting background on the relationship between McMahon and The Game.
Vince Russo on the tension between Triple H and Vince McMahon
"Triple H wants to demonstrate his qualities behind the desk through NXT, so he tries in every way to satisfy the desires of wrestling fans" - began Vince Russo.
“His relationship with Stephanie gives him a hand in a certain way, even if she risks being in the middle of two fires. Vince McMahon has never liked the confrontation between NXT and the main roster shows, which has been further accentuated in recent times.
The reality is that Vince would fire at least 80% of the guys who play at NXT" - he added. So many NXT superstars have failed to make it to the main roster, which may not be a coincidence. “Vince is allowing Triple H to devote all of his time to nurturing NXT's young talent.
Do you know why he does it? To then prove to him that they are not at the height of the main roster. There are several guys who had shone at NXT and who were humiliated when they made the jump to Raw or SmackDown." The apparent power struggle between Triple H and Vince McMahon has become a key talking point since Karrion Kross' debut on RAW last month.
The NXT Champion, who has been presented as an unstoppable force in NXT, lost his main-roster debut against Jeff Hardy in two minutes. In 2010, NXT debuted as a developmental brand that aimed to create the next generation of stars for Vince McMahon’s RAW and SmackDown shows.
Due to NXT's popularity, it was marketed as WWE's third brand – equal to RAW and SmackDown – from 2019 onward.