Triple H has defended WWE’s decision to cut their roster back as well as cutting personnel behind the scenes saying all companies have difficult decisions to make coming out of the pandemic.
Triple H is currently WWE’s Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy Development as well as being Chief Operating Officer for the company. WWE has cut numbers on their roster on three separate occasions in 2021 as well as releasing a slew of talent on April 15th, 2020 as the world became gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 15th, 2021 the company released several stars including The IIconics, Mickie James, and Wesley Blake. Samoa Joe was originally reported to have left the company but has since revealed Triple H called to re-hire him only hours after John Laurinaitis had informed him he was to leave.
In May NXT felt the sting of cuts with several developmental stars released alongside former NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream. It was also in May that Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that a number of divisions within the company were being merged and will now be directly overseen by Executive Vice President, Television Production Kevin Dunn. The WWE Studios, WWE Network, production, and digital divisions within the company were said to be hardest hit by this new round of layoffs.
Johnson also reported that one of the reasons for so many departures is that over the last year was the company has determined there were too many redundancies across multiple departments in those areas. He cites the example of the company having two graphics departments, one for digital and one for WWE TV production.
Then on June 25th, another round of cuts hit the talent roster, this time primarily affecting stars competing on 205 Live. Among those announced as leaving the company was The Bollywood Boyz, Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari along with established stars Tyler Breeze and Fandango.
Speaking to the New York Post, Triple H discussed WWE’s cuts saying it’s not pleasant but needs must:
“Coming out of COVID and a pandemic and everything else, all companies are having to make difficult decisions and we were no different. It’s a part of what we do and it happens on a regular basis, all companies have to do it. It’s not the most pleasant part of what you do, but it is what it is.”
The WWE Performance Center that Triple H oversees recently welcomed three new international recruits through its doors, joining the rest of the PC talents hoping to make it big on the WWE stage.