Triple H Discusses Randy Orton’s Suspension, Creating Future Stars In The Industry, More

STLToday.com has a new article up with quotes from Triple H. In the article, Triple H discusses how WWE pioneered reality television, the PG initiative, how he feels about professional wrestling being called “fake,” and more. In the following excerpt, he gives his thoughts on suspended talent Randy Orton, as well as his philosophy on grooming new talent:

Not on the bill? St. Louis wrestling superstar Randy Orton. WWE scratched Orton after he committed his second violation of the WWE’s wellness policy. Levesque won’t say what Orton did wrong, only that the man they call “the legend killer” will be back after completing his 60-day suspension.

“It is important to remember that all of our wrestlers are human but they also have to be accountable,” Levesque said.

These days, Levesque spends more time in gray suits than spandex briefs. His job is to find the next generation of big names. He admits it’s a struggle.

“We’re trying to teach them to be the Stone Colds and the Undertakers of tomorrow, but the one thing we can’t teach is charisma,” said Levesque. “You can teach people to do moves and create story lines and the psychology of what we do, but you can’t teach someone to be the Rock. It’s an innate ability to walk into a room and have everyone pay attention. Put aside the athleticism and what happens in the ring, what our business is really about is connecting with people emotionally. If you are emotionally connected to your character, then people will want to see you. It’s true in Hollywood and movies. You don’t have to be the best actor, just be a presence.”

Click here to read the full interview.

Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker for sending this in.

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  • Ken

    “We’re trying to teach them to be the Stone Colds and the Undertakers of tomorrow, but the one thing we can’t teach is charisma,” said Levesque. “You can teach people to do moves and create story lines and the psychology of what we do, but you can’t teach someone to be the Rock. It’s an innate ability to walk into a room and have everyone pay attention. Put aside the athleticism and what happens in the ring, what our business is really about is connecting with people emotionally. If you are emotionally connected to your character, then people will want to see you. It’s true in Hollywood and movies. You don’t have to be the best actor, just be a presence.” ===== Give your talent opportunity to display their charisma instead of insisting on scripted interviews all the time, and they might just surprise you. Hypocrite.

    • Callum

      He’s trying to find new wrestlers for when Cena, punk, Bryan and sheamus etc are gone in 10-15 years some young talents in the WWE could be main eventers but not stone cold or HBK good.

    • Wwe4L76

      AGREE!!!! AMEN!!!

  • Patrick Peralta

    From the article: "Is the WWE fake? Of course. Aren't all of your favorite shows?

    He has a point there.

    when non fans complain about Wrestling being fake. well so are your favorite TV shows and movies. bottom line wrestling entertains the fans as does watching TV or movies.

  • proud

    So Orton is referred to as the legend killer… Age of Orton awaits as he will be coming back as a heel, you heard it from (the) Hunter’s mouth

    • John Sierra

      YES YES We All LOVE him when he takes on. We all love it so be it, I never trhough him as a "KILLER" Who do they think theyare? We the dfans love to see him.

      • Mr Snaps

        I have no idea what you are trying to say.

  • Angelica

    Totally agree with you Patrick. I always say the same to my non wrestling fan friends!

  • bettysteve

    the skill of a great wrestler is making it LOOK real. l often point out to the wife where the person "getting thrown" is actually throwing himself and making the other person look good. Just like the Santino haters, he makes the "winner" look good.

  • Bruce

    Hey from Minneapolis, Minnesota! I'm Bruce, 57, and a 46 year fan of the Industry…I've had the Honor and Pleasure of Being part of the Ring Crew with Steel Domain Wrestling in the Twin Cities, and countless matches and meetings with the Superstars of the Past and Present…The one big storyline that truly hit me and went way past suspension of disbelief was when CM Punk was the creepy bastard with the daughter of Rey Mysterio…It was her Birthday and the performances of everyone involved were stellar…I was experiencing anger that I don't think I ever felt. I was truly bothered and wanted to kick the crap out of Mr. Brooks…when I get the chance, I want to shake his hand and say how great that angle was…geez, I love the business!!!

    • Bishop

      I attended that Smackdown event in Seattle and Punk had the crowd in the palm of his hand. He was extremely creepy and had the crowd mostly in silence due to shock. The close-up of his eyes while singing (on the tron) was great camera work and showed the psychology that so many lack today. Punk is an amazing talent and possesses the qualities every “sports entertainer” should strive for. In ring work, work ethic, mic skills and charisma