Triple H has provided some insight into the reason behind NXT’s Survivor Series absence last month, summarising that “it just didn’t seem like the right thing to do in a lot of ways.”
Speaking on the NXT TakeOver WarGames pre-show media call, Triple H was asked by Connor Casey of ComicBook.com about what went into the decision to not integrate NXT into this year’s Survivor Series – despite their prominent role in the 2019 edition of the pay-per-view event.
The WWE Executive Vice President responded that he wasn’t entirely sure about the creative reason for the brand’s omission, but did say that the COVID-19 pandemic was a contributing factor:
“To be honest, I’m not sure on every aspect of the creative decisions but I also believe the creative teams were trying to build individual talents and not combine things too much. I also believe that COVID and the pandemic situation took a big stance in that.”
He went on to elaborate that WWE’s strategy for countering the virus, one aspect of which is the separation between the brands, was also a factor in NXT’s Survivor Series exclusion. This made the typical cross-brand build to the show much more challenging – especially now that black and gold brand emanates from a separate venue to its red and blue counterparts:
“We’ve tried to keep things somewhat seperated between brands just to limit that exposure, which is still taking place right now. There’s been a lot of time that has gone by but the situation is still the same and that was a big factor in that as well.
You don’t want to just do that out of the blue so you need to build to it – you need to have a lot of criss-crossing and promotional time together. It just didn’t seem like the right thing to do in a lot of ways.”
Triple H also discussed the potential of WWE working in partnership with other promotions, the original plans for Rhea Ripley after her WrestleMania loss, if Danny Burch has flown under the radar, Pat McAfee’s natural wrestling ability and more during the call!
The fourth annual NXT TakeOver: WarGames will take place this Sunday, December 6th live on the WWE Network. We’ll have live coverage of everything that goes down on the show right here at Inside The Ropes.