NXT Takeover XXX Conference Call With HHH

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HHH opens the call talking about how companies are trying to put out as much quality content as they currently can. 

He then discusses NXT's episode for tonight with the North American Tournament qualifiers and that Pat McAfee will be in the house. He has also confirmed that NXT will be happening in Full Sail. 

HHH talks about Pat McAfee being on the program and talks about wrestling purists hesitation in bringing in the former punter on NXT. He says that McAfee is not here for a one off and will show purists why HHH allowed him to wrestle and put over Cole.

HHH puts over the upcoming Takeover card with Kross and Lee as well as the North American Championship ladder match.

Time for questions:

Brian Fritz: He asked about why NXT is staying at Full Sail and not moved to Amway:

HHH: He said that with moving Raw, Smackdown and Summerslam to Amway and the undertaking of that, he's happy keeping his programming at Full Sail at the moment. He puts over his partnership with Full Sail and says that you can never say never.

Jason Folwer: Asking about the Velveteen Dream situation:

HHH: Obviously we take all allegations of misconduct very seriously. He reiterates his answer from CBS.

Mike Johnson: Asked about what research has been done for moving forward and touring again and advanced technology to help with Covid-19.

HHH: He says they are constantly looking into things, including having fans, virtual fans and live events. He says he will address it once more information comes out about how to get gatherings together safely. HHH states they are looking into every avenue and that includes technology. 

Conor with Comicbook.com: Asked about Renee Young and what she meant to the company.

HHH: He says he won't comment on her status and will let Renee comment on it. He says she is a fantastic person and that her time there was awesome.

Tony with the WRAP: He asked about Summerslam on a boat and if that was realistic.

HHH: He says every option was looked into and that option had as much chance as any other option. He states that once we the fans see how everything comes together you'll see why they went this route. 

Nick Huffman: Asked about Lars Sullivan and any update on his status. Asked about Randy Orton moving to NXT.

HHH: HHH says the first he heard about Lars working out and his recent social media videos was in that question. Regarding Orton he says there is always conversations about shifting people around. He says Randy is a little more public about these things and that he fields calls about talent wanting to do things in NXT and NXT talents wanting to do things on Raw or Smackdown.

Dave Meltzer: Asks about producing shows and if there will be a new NXT head writer.

HHH: As far a the writing of NXT goes, it gets shifted around and says that he HBK and Roaddogg have a heavy hand in the product. He says there is a dramatic difference between live and taped television. He says that the pandemic has really affected plans and how the shifting of Superstars makes things tremendously difficult. HHH is very excited to get back to training for his staff.

SRS: How has things changed with NXT talents wanting or not wanting to go to the "main roster" with NXT being on Prime Time television.

HHH: The mindset has changed and that protocol and procedures have changed. HHH also says the draft is happening later in the year. Seems like NXT may be a big part of the WWE Draft this year whenever it happens. 

Miami Herald: Asks about Karrion Kross and what he brings to the table and asks about the thought process of when to have these big matches like Lee and Kross.

HHH: Says Karrion is a phenomenal talent and that he has followed him for a long time. He says that his presence and charisma is amazing. Says that Kross has the "x" factor, he says Kross is a sponge for the business and asks lots of questions and that he has improved quite a bit. HHH says the same for Lee and talks about different paths you can take in wrestling. He speaks to not rushing talents or moments and that when talents are ready to handle certain things is when you give them the opportunity to succeed. 

Justin Labar: Asked about viewership and ratings and which is the most important?

HHH: He says that he is focused most on NXT and that he's excited that people are so passionate about the conversations about the business. He says it's about his product and his fans and that's what he cares most about. Says he wants the fans back and that he wants to hear what they like and don't like. 

HHH was asked about Raw Underground and he says it is a unique opportunity to showcase their specific talents they have. 

Raul Indian Express: Asked about how talents and even officials are affected by not having crowds:

HHH: He says it's difficult and that there is no bigger adrenaline rush and the reason you are in professional wrestling is due to the crowd reaction. He says that they just want to provide a quality produce and it's all about the fans.

Metro UK: He asked about Pat McAfee and if this match could lead to something more permanent  

HHH: "We'll see" HHH states he's an amazing athlete and he's played numerous sports and made tons of money doing it. Says he grew up a WWE fan and wanted to wrestle as a small child. He puts over how athletic Pat is and that he believes he has the ability to wrestle. Puts over Adam Cole as one of the most gifted guys on the entire roster.

Asked about Bronson Reed being in the North American Title Match

HHH:  He says that he loves Reed's look and doesn't look for everyone to have the same look. He wants Reed to succeed and get all the tools needed to get to that next level and says that Reed is there and ready.

HHH then wanted to talk about the Indy promotions that have been added to the WWE Network. Says he's very excited about this and to see the different styles and talent on the network from other promotions. He's hoping to have the WWE Network to be a hub for this and more announcements and opportunities. 

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