Former WWE Superstar Mike Bennett has heaped praise on Triple H, saying that he has his “finger on the pulse” regarding modern wrestling.
Over the course of his career, Mike Bennett has wrestled for some of the biggest wrestling companies in the world including the likes of New Japan Pro Wrestling and WWE.
While Bennett made his in-ring debut as far back as 2002, he didn’t arrive in WWE until 2017 where he debuted alongside his wife Maria Kanellis at Money In The Bank. However, the pair never really gained any momentum during their time with the company, before ultimately being released in April 2020.
Appearing on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast, Mike Bennett reflected on his time with WWE, reserving praise for Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development, Triple H.
“I loved working for Triple H. I think he understands wrestling. I think he has his finger on the pulse of what’s popular in wrestling. I think he understands where it’s going more than anyone else in WWE. I think I would personally have loved learning under him and, you know, have him teach me, and because all the guys that end up leaving, they’re like Cole and Gargano and Tommaso who talk about it there. They say the best part was learning from Triple H, learning from Shawn, having him guide the ship. I think I would love that and I think it would have been great.”
Up until the recent re-launch of NXT as NXT 2.0 it had become normal to see WWE’s new signings first cut their teeth on the black and gold brand before moving to the main roster. Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and more recently Karrion Kross all had stints on WWE’s third brand before moving to Raw or SmackDown.
Despite this, after signing with the company Bennett moved straight to SmackDown. A decision he said was totally out of his hands.
“There wasn’t a ton of us, and a lot of guys who are just as talented as me, if not more talented than me, were going to NXT so, like, it’s a fair question to ask. But, again, it’s one of those things where it was entirely out of my hands.”
After Bennett and Kanellis were released by WWE, the pair eventually returned to Ring Of Honor. Since leaving WWE, Maria has been critical of the company saying that the pair were “dead in the water” just two weeks after their debut.
She later called WWE’s all-female pay-per-view Evolution a “PR stunt.”
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.