Triple H has revealed the beneficial advice given to him by ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes.
Triple H worked closely with Dusty Rhodes when he was reinventing the WWE developmental system and launching NXT. Rhodes sadly passed away in 2015 but WWE Chief Content Officer, Paul Levesque (Triple H) always remembers the guidance and wisdom that Rhodes provided.
Speaking to The Ringer, Triple H disclosed one of the most valuable lessons that Rhodes taught him:
“When you’re first starting something, the successes stick with you, but the things that go wrong stick with you even more so, you’ll have something in mind, and in your mind, it’s gonna be great.
And then you watch it come to life and you’re like ‘that was terrible,’ and you beat yourself up. And Dusty would always walk by me and he’d tap me on the shoulder. He’d say. ‘Kid, remember what I said, if you get 70 per cent of what you see in your head to come out on TV, that’s a grand slam.’ I keep that thought in my head all the time. It’s been a valuable lesson.”
‘The Game’ believes Rhodes’s legacy lives on in many aspects of the business today and the WWE Hall of Famer continues to be an inspiration:
“When I was creating NXT and that system, he was my partner in a lot of ways. I’m a big fan of his work, his booking, his philosophy, you know, I often say I’m one of the luckiest people because for almost 30 years, I got to sit under the Vince McMahon learning tree. And while I was almost doing a startup company, so to speak, with a very limited budget and everything else, I got to do that with Dusty.
When we lost him, it was tragic, because he contributed so much to the business, and his ideas and his concepts and his business ideas are still floating around today. That should tell you something because there’s very few people in this industry with that [influence].”
With Triple H’s promotion to Chief Content Officer, it has been announced that Dan Ventrelle has been appointed as WWE’s EVP of Talent. Ventrelle was most recently with NFL franchise the Las Vegas Raiders where he served as President.