Since Triple H became Head of WWE Creative the landscape of the promotion’s main roster has begun to change. While opportunities have been given to those who perhaps may not have gotten them before, stables and factions have also seemingly becoming more important.
One of the real beneficiaries of this shift has been the Brawling Brutes. The group made up of Sheamus, Butch and Ridge Holland have found themselves in increasingly more prominent roles as they battle against Imperium and The Usos of The Bloodline.
Butch in particular has seen his character begin to evolve, returning to something more closely resembling his time as Pete Dunne in NXT UK and NXT. Of course, both brands were overseen by Triple H who is now in control of the main roster.
Butch Praises Triple H As A “Great Boss To Work For”
During an appearance on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin, Butch opened up about his relationship with WWE’s Chief Content Officer. The British star explained that much of their time working together has been about trust.
“It’s great, he’s a great boss to work for, no bad things at all to say. I love the time with him in NXT, NXT UK was a blast. He’s always been great to me, super approachable. I was really happy to see him back in any capacity when he came back from his troubles. It was great to have him around, see him in some capacity and back to work.
Now, being head of creative, it’s even better because he’s there every week and he’s so approachable. I can go to him with any small thing. A lot of times, I can leave him to it, I have full trust in him.
That whole UK tournament, the trust he put in me to do that. To that point, he probably saw me have one try-out match. He probably had watched footage separately, but I hadn’t met him until the press conference, which was a few weeks before the UK tournament and never worked with him until the UK tournament and he had full trust in me to have three or four matches that weekend, to be the ongoing story that weekend, and build the UK Title around Myself, Tyler (Bate), Trent (Seven), Mark Andrews, others.
The trust he put into me there, ever since then, my full trust is in him. I try not to bother him too much, but I know he’s there and approachable and I know I’m always going to enjoy the creative and I’m going to do the best I possibly can with it,”
Butch made it all of the way to the finals of the tournament where he lost out to Tyler Bate in a match acclaimed by fans and critics alike. Reflecting on his early WWE experience, Butch recalled receiving advice from Triple H, William Regal and Chris Jericho following his try-out match.
“I definitely met him briefly, me and Tyler did a dark match to test the cameras in Glasgow where we had our tryout. Regal picked us two to wrestle. He was on his phone or whatever, and we were in there and taking it as a job interview. We were out there putting on the best match we possibly could. Halfway through, he puts his phone down and starts watching. I remember him watching the whole thing.
After, me and Tyler hung around, he was talking to Chris Jericho and we stood by the rail really awkwardly, we thought, ‘We have to get five minutes with him if we can.’ Eventually, Jericho turned around and asked us if we were okay or what we needed. We said, ‘we just wanted to make sure everything you saw was okay and if there was anything we could do differently, improve, get your thoughts.’ Triple H basically just said, ‘No, it was great’ and Jericho said, ‘Give me five minutes, I’ll come talk to you.’
We had a good chat with him and he had kind words to say. That was the only brief encounter I had with Triple H. Between that and Regal, I’m sure, was a big part of it and that’s what led to the UK tournament and that was where I built more of a relationship with him. Even now, he was so busy and it was so brief, I was UK Champion by the time that we actually sat down together and had a more casual conversation. That was quite a long time after. Like I said, the trust he put in me, I will always have trust in him,”
Butch will be back in action at WWE Crown Jewel when he teams with Ridge Holland to take on The Usos in a huge Undisputed WWE Tag Team Title Match.
H/t to Fightful