All Elite Wrestling has numerous previous WWE stars on its roster, a lot of whom had runs in NXT and trained at WWE Performance Center as part of their developmental system. That includes 6 of the 20 males who have held the NXT Championship, consisting of Adam Cole (who still holds the record for longest NXT Championship reign) and Samoa Joe (the only man to win the title 3 times). Triple H gave an interview with The Athletic and was asked about those wrestlers who have actually made that dive to the young promotion that was once competing head-to-head with NXT on Wednesday nights.
" I like all those guys," he said. "They helped us get where we needed to get, and I'm grateful for it. The fact is there was a period of time where we were attempting to construct NXT. We developed NXT. Then we were trying to build a brand name that could get a tv show and sustain it. All those names assisted us get there. Whether any person believed or not they fit on 'Raw' or 'SmackDown,' those aren't necessarily my decisions entirely, and they're Vince's (McMahon) decisions and fans' choices; and then, can we continue to do business with them?
" If they have excellent gigs, I'm happy for them. I stay in touch with almost all of them. I like to believe they got us here, we taught them a lot, got them to (a higher level) where they found out how to do tv, how to be specialists and all that to be effective there," he added. "At some point, they might return with us, or they might never ever due to the fact that they do not fit our brand name also, however that's okay. They got us to certain places, and I'm appreciative for that, and they're glad for that, and they're off to different things. However that doesn't stop the train. People leave football teams, transfer to different teams all the time, and it's fantastic.".
He likewise spoke about AEW as competitors for the WWE and how that benefits the wrestling world as a whole-- "As far as the competitors aspect goes, it's excellent. It makes everybody sharper. You get lazy if you're all there is and everybody tackles their company. The end of the day, it'll make us much better, and we'll all be much better for it. All those things have forced us to be in a better place today. Not that we would not have arrived anyhow, but we had to do it quicker in some manner. That's an important piece of it, right?".
He continued, "As long as there aren't things hurting business overall, I think any of that things is good. If you're a 6-year-old kid, you turn on the television, fumbling is on and you like it. Now you're caught up in it. Then you begin tasting all of it. You get to where you're a huge fan. That's the cash. There's space for everyone to do it. It's like stating the USFL or XFL is starting up and the NFL is panicking about market share. It's just going to increase people's love for football. If you love football that much, you'll see all of the football, and it's excellent. However the NFL is not sweating that.".