WWE SmackDown Superstar Butch has admitted he is “excited for the future” with Triple H now in charge of creative in the company.
For those that may have somehow missed the news, Vince McMahon announced his retirement as Chairman and CEO of WWE on July 22nd.
Butch was preparing to perform on that night’s edition of SmackDown when the shocking news broke and he recently spoke with Stephanie Chase of Digital Spy about the immediate reaction backstage:
“To be honest, up till now, it all feels strangely normal. Even the day when we were at SmackDown and we got notified that Vince had retired, obviously there’s that second of people looking around like, ‘Did you see that? Can you believe this has happened?’ But then after that, everyone’s so focused on the job that’s at hand it kind of feels strangely normal but exciting at the same time”
As a result of Vince McMahon’s retirement, Triple H was promoted to Head of Creative in WWE. ‘The Game’ was widely praised for his work as head of NXT, where he worked closely with the likes of Butch, then working under the ring name Pete Dunne.
In fact, the ‘Bruiserweight’ credits HHH for getting him to where he is today:
“I credit him for getting me to where I am, to be honest. I think people forget that, when that UK tournament happened, [the participants] hadn’t really had much exposure. That UK tournament was really just, taking a bunch of talent and just trusting in us to go out there and have three, four matches in one weekend on the [WWE] Network. They just put full trust in us and it spring-boarded us to where we are now”
The former NXT United Kingdom Champion elaborated on why he feels so optimistic about where the product is heading under Triple H’s leadership, adding:
“One thing everyone will say about [Levesque] is, he is extremely approachable and he’s excited to put out the best content we possibly can and that’s what NXT was always about. Going into it we would be saying, if we were paired with Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, or a Royal Rumble, we wanted to make sure that this was the best show of the weekend. He had that same vision, the same as us who were out there competing.
So I’m sure he’s going to transition over just fine and from what we’ve seen already just off the back of the shows last night [Raw] and on Saturday [SummerSlam], I think there’s already an excitement around it. Just watching those shows, they feel slightly different and as a fan I’m excited to see what the future holds and obviously, as a performer it’s the same.”
Butch made his official main roster debut on March 11th, aligning himself with Sheamus and Ridge Holland as part of ‘The Brawling Brutes’.