Earlier this week another successful NXT Takeover special took place on the WWE Network, and the critically acclaimed event titled ‘Rival’ saw two championships change hands.
Sasha Banks finally got her hands on the NXT Women’s Championship defeating Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley whilst Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship in the main event.
The standard of matches and the show as a whole was widely praised by WWE legends, personal and the NXT fans as the superstars and divas in developmental continue to impress.
A NEW CLIQUE
Reddit user MetsFan4Ever has made a name for himself in the Reddit community, claiming to be a former WWE employee and he has published a report coming out of Takeover. He’s taken a look at Triple H and the work he has done and continues to do down at NXT.
According to MetsFan4Ever, Triple H has formed his own ‘clique’ on NXT and it consists of four top superstars.
Hideo Itami, the number one contender to the NXT Championship; Finn Balor, former NXT Champion Sami Zayn and new NXT Champion Kevin Owens are the four superstars who are part of this supposed ‘clique’.
It’s being rumoured that the four superstars are receiving some special treatment from Triple H, in other words they are being treated as VIP’s and are allowed to get their way out of vigorous training drills which take place on a daily basis.
On the same report it says that Finn Balor is someone who openly criticises the training drills and backs away from taking part in them whereas NXT Champion Kevin Owens simply does not take part in them and pretty much does what he pleases.
Sami Zayn is somebody in the NXT locker room who has the respect of the others, and he’s respected enough not to take part in them whilst the up and comers train to reach those high levels.
It’s said about Hideo Itami that he takes part in those drills every other day, but keeps himself to himself as he continues to ease into the American lifestyle after his move from Japan.
TRIPLE H SUPPORT
The report highlights that if NXT head trainer Bill DeMott approaches any of the said four superstars and calls them out because they have skipped the training drills, they tell him that they don’t have to do it.
It doesn’t mean that DeMott always calls them out but obviously they can’t ignore the four superstars and let them do whatever they want as other young superstars would feel that now they are contracted to the WWE they too can have the same attitude, but when the trainers do approach them there are times when Triple H is called over and he tells the trainers to leave them be.
It’s not just in training, the four superstars also have the freedom to call their own spots in house shows, when producers reject their requests for a particular manoeuvre, Triple H sometimes gives them permission to perform big spots like we saw with Kevin Owens this week against Sami Zayn.
If MetsFan4Ever’s claims are true then this can be taken as both positive and negative, it’s not good to favour certain stars as the others might think they are being treated unfairly and will probably try to act in the same manner. But in all honesty Balor, Itami, Owens and Zayn definitely deserve it and they should be seen as examples of what younger stars can achieve to become if they put the hard work in, and hope to get to their level one day.