Swerve Strickland Says Triple H Missed Opportunities In NXT Because Of His Focus On “Core Guys”


AEW star Shane “Swerve” Strickland talked about his time in WWE including his work in NXT 2.0 while doing an interview with the Getting Over: Wrestling Podcast

Strickland held the North American Title and found success while part of Hit Row. During the podcast, he was asked about his relationship with Triple H and how he thinks Triple H focused on his core talent more than other wrestlers in NXT. 


“I feel like he liked me and he respects my talent and my ability. But I don’t feel like he ever truly bought in and invested until I made him have to with Hit Row,” Strickland said. “He’s one of those guys like, he has those talents on the show that he knows and he’s well-acquainted with and it’s hard for him to deviate from those guys. When he’s set on someone, he’s set on them. Anybody who says that he doesn’t, like, I wouldn’t call it picking favorites, but if somebody says he doesn’t have his core guys, you’re one of the core guys. You know what I mean?

“They’re like ‘what do you mean, he’s great’. I’m like ‘no sh-t.’ But there’s a lot of like, to this day I feel like he missed out on Matt Riddle being a world champion because he was focused on core guys. I feel like there was times he missed out on a Bianca Belair because he was focused on his core girls. You know, there’s a lot of missed opportunities with certain areas because he was so focused on certain people and you kind of have to because he’s running a product that, on a weekly product, you kind of want to go to your go-getters. You know, your guaranteed guys.”

H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription

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