“Sometimes Its Easier to Have a Blank Slate”- Triple H Explains Why WWE Changes Names of New Talents

Published 02/17/2021, 9:04 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque speaks at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was announced that WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will face heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


More often than not, wrestling companies prefer changing the names of pro-wrestlers when they transition from another company or the independent scene. Triple H explained why companies, especially WWE, prefer working with a blank slate.

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According to him, it’s possible that the WWE Universe is not aware of the previous story. In situations like these, it’s better to introduce a new character than trying to work with an already established one.

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“There are other times when you get people who come in and they’re a blank slate to it. Then you tell them some stuff and they’re like ‘ok great, that makes total sense’. And they got it, and they never miss a beat.”
“Sometimes it’s easier to have a blank slate than it is somebody that’s been doing it a certain way for ten years.Then you tell them something and they’re like ‘oh wow, that would be so much better.’Getting them to do it on live television is a different thing.”
Furthermore, the pro-wrestler might not be aware of what they can accomplish with television production. It’s much easier for the company to create a character and a story that will work in the long run.
“There are times when I’ve worked with talent that have come from other places, and I’ve seen them on TV for years.Then the first time you work with them on television, you begin to talk to them about television production, they’re like ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about. No one has ever told me any of that before, can you start over?’”
“And you realize oh my God wow, no one has ever taught them this. They’ve always ended up just being in the right place at the right time. Or they just got lucky with how it was presented, whatever that is.”

Triple H provides an insight into the talent signing process

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Triple H explained talent signing works in two ways. Either the talent moves to television or cannot. All of it depends on how the new talent works with the opportunities provided to them upon signing.
“What it comes down to is us giving them bits and pieces of opportunity.I say this to everybody when they walk in the door, for the most part, we’re going to give you bits and pieces of opportunity.Where that opportunity goes depends on how the opportunity is taken advantage of.”

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WWE is always in favour of pushing good talent forward. Considering the new talents go through NXT, which is overseen by HHH, it’s understandable why the pro-wrestlers are put under strict scrutiny.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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