WWE Superstar and Company COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque recently spoke at length with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” about the various elements of the WWE Performance Center used as WWE’s development system for aspiring and new talent. recruited.
During the interview, “The Game” was asked about criticism of the style used at the WWE Performance Center, which is seen as robotic and lacking the individuality needed to succeed in the wrestling business.
“The misconception is always the same, and it’s absolutely wrong,” Triple H said. the same way. Yet they don’t train in the same way. We bring people together to work on building certain skills. The core of what we do is the same – yes, you need to learn the same skills , techniques and basics when you start. Then we connect you with people to develop your characters. We want the talent to develop their character, and our job is to help exploit the character. We want them, each of them, are unique and have their own atmosphere.
Levesque continued, “Yeah, we all wear the same WWE gear. It’s because when you’re here, we’re all the same. No one is above the others, and we are all here to learn. We are a team and a family. What we do in WWE is a partnership – it’s a partnership with the guy in front of you, and a partnership with everyone here. One of the parts of the Performance Center that I’m so proud of is that when someone succeeds here, the whole place goes crazy for them. They are all there to help each other succeed. When you can create that kind of climate, it shows that our culture within that place is right for thriving and cultivating the best talent possible.
HHH was also asked to talk about what he thinks is a successful trainer at the WWE Performance Center.
The current WWE Developmental System coaching staff consists of Matt Bloom (the Head Coach), Steve Corino, Norman Smiley, Terry Taylor, Robbie Brookside, Adam Pearce, Scott Taylor (Scotty 2 Hotty) and Sara Amato.
“What makes a coach successful? The coaching process is very difficult,” said Triple H. “Just because you’re good at it doesn’t mean you’ll be good at teaching it. Great players don’t always make great coaches, and great coaches weren’t always great players. We worked to find a very diverse group, focusing on who connects best with people and who delivers the right message, and then connects a coach with the message they’re best at delivering.
Triple H continued, using Norman Smiley as an example of one of the best trainers on the current WWE Performance Center staff.
“For example, Norman Smiley is one of our best rookie coaches,” said “The Game.” “Norman is one of our most trusted and valued coaches. His work is extremely important in formulating the building blocks for creating success in the ring, so building a strong foundation is essential. Norman’s wheelhouse – areas like movement, body roll and how to protect yourself at all times So you find the right people who have that right connection to talent, you focus on the area where they are exceptionally talented in coaching , and then you make them work in that facet.
Check out Triple H’s full interview on SI.com.