Triple H Reveals Plans For WWE Women’s Tournament
After the success of the Cruiserweight Classic and the United Kingdom Championship tournament, it makes all the sense in the world for WWE to continue holding special tournaments on the WWE Network. Naturally, the company is already planning its next big tournament: a women’s tournament.
Triple H opened up in an interview with Dale Rutledge for the FOX Sports Wrestling Compadres Slamcast this week. As Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative in WWE, Triple H would presumably be the one in charge of a women’s tournament. But the 14-time world champion made a point of noting that doing a women’s tournament is not only a responsibility on his part, it’s one of his passions. Check out excerpts from the interview below, and listen to the podcast here:
DALE RUTLEDGE: Last time on the show, [Stephanie McMahon] mentioned an idea for the women’s talent that you were working on. Has there been any further development on that?
TRIPLE H: So, that’s another one of my big, big kind of passions, is to go do that, a women’s tournament. And we’re down the road a bit of — the harder thing now, in a changing landscape, I feel like sometimes in WWE, like, you know, Tuesday, I’m like, “Okay, so this is where we’re going, right? No changing it? Yes!” On Wednesday morning, you have to call, it’s like, “We’re not doing that anymore.”
So you look at the landscape and how much it’s changed in the last year. NXT Takeovers now are attached to our “Big Four” pay-per-views. Raw and SmackDown have split brands and have pay-per-views of their own, but there’s more pay-per-views. When you look at the big calendar of where do you stick an event, that’s changed. And you have to look for the space where you go like, “Do it here! … no, that’s not good, you have a holiday.” Right?
So it’s really just been a process with the women of us finding the right time and space. This one worked out great with the little gap before Rumble here, to fit this tournament in and doing it in a shorter time frame, doing it live.
The women, we’re probably going to do this summer, is what I’m hoping, and a lot of women performers just [reacted] when I said that, but that’s the plan anyway. And you know, again, much like cruisers, it’s to go scour the globe and maybe find the girls that are out there doing this that no one’s heard of, that no one has seen, that are like these diamonds waiting, and bring them up. And let’s see what they can do, and entertain people with the tournament, and let them be exposed to this new talent. And at the same time, just massively increase the opportunity and the talent pool for us, and for everyone, really.
While it could be a risk to overdo the tournaments, especially if WWE chooses to do another Cruiserweight Classic this summer as well, I think the tournaments will continue to get over as long as the matches are good and the storytelling is on-point. Yeah, big revelation there, I know. But it’s easier said than done. Hell, the Dusty Classic this past year was an absolute mess, with hardly any real stories being told in the tournament, and a bunch of random teams being thrown together without rhyme, reason or build-up. The Network-exclusive tournaments mostly work because everyone gets a video package introducing who they are, what their experience level is, and what winning this tournament would mean to them. It got to the point where even the blander superstars in each tournament were compelling. It had a real sports feel with a dash of narrative storytelling, a literal representation of “sports entertainment”. Here’s hoping that a prospective women’s tournament will be less like the Dusty Classic and more like the UK Tournament. That said, I suppose a lot of it depends on the type of talent they get. But if they mix in some familiar legends with some top indie and international talent, and then sprinkle in a few newcomers looking to make a name, I see no reason why this shouldn’t be awesome.
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