There is reportedly “toxicity” backstage in WWE and NXT, fueled by those who are influential backstage that don’t want Triple H in charge.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer provided several notes about the recent NXT releases, how they came about, and the fallout from them.
Meltzer wrote that Triple H and Shawn Michaels, who lead the NXT division, didn’t even know about the cuts before John Laurinaitis had started calling talent about them. It was Vince McMahon, Nick Khan and Laurinaitis who made the cuts, with Triple H and Michaels having no say.
The idea is that Triple H’s detractors, who don’t want him to take over from McMahon, now have ammunition to convince McMahon that Triple H isn’t fit for the job, after NXT lost out to AEW on Wednesday nights.
Meltzer wrote that the “toxicity” is what led to NXT Champion Karrion Kross having lost twice out of his four matches on Raw since debuting, while on NXT he’s been a dominant beast heading towards a title defence against Samoa Joe, as well as why Dakota Kai, who challenges for NXT’s women’s title at TakeOver, lost to Aliyah on Main Event this past week.
As you probably know by now, WWE is planning to make NXT more like OVW was, in the sense that developmental will focus on bigger, younger guys who can become main event attractions, instead of indie darlings who lack the size Vince McMahon likes.