Triple H on NXT Takeover: Dallas, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn, Initial Concern over Asuka

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Triple H spoke with CBS Sports promoting NXT Takeover: Dallas. Some highlights are below:

On having a mix of experienced talents with newcomers: “To have that mix of experienced guys and inexperienced guys has always been one of the things that has worked best in this business. When I started in the business and I came to WWE, one of the things I was most fortunate to have was there were all these amazing veterans in the locker room, you know. Bret Hart, the Undertaker, Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. Just all these guys that I worked with on a daily basis and was able to learn from and hone my craft from. It’s the same in this. I guarantee all of them walking in the door — and that’s from Kevin Owens, who had 15, 16 years of experience, to Sami Zayn to Finn Balor to even [Samoa] Joe — I guarantee you they learn something walking in the door. Because WWE, it’s a different level of television production than anybody else in the industry.”

On being concerned with Asuka at first: “I was a little concerned because she seemed very, very tentative. She’s very demure when you talk to her. She’s very quiet and soft-spoken. Culturally, that is the way she is. So before the very first time I got to see her work [in NXT], I went to her and I said, ‘Look’ — there was a translator there but she understood most of what I was saying — I said, ‘Look, I brought you here for a reason and it’s not to hold back. Do what you do and everything will be great. Just don’t hold back. Let loose and do what you do.’ She went out there and she just went nuts. It was just this intensity and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ Then she came back right after and went right back from like this in-ring demon to walking back and being like (in a soft voice), ‘Uh, was that OK?’ You know, like very tentative and timid again. I was like, ‘Yeah, no, that was more than OK. That was great.’”

On Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn and NXT pushing the main roster: “I think the whole world wants to see that match. I know I want to see it. I can’t wait. Nakamura’s an incredible performer. Sami Zayn, one of the best. It’s gonna be amazing. I want those guys to strive to push the card at WrestleMania to want to perform better. I also am a part of the card of WrestleMania that is gonna be watching [NXT TakeOver] Dallas going ‘Oh man,’ and has to perform better. So it’s great. It pushes everybody on every level. But that’s one of the matches I think everybody will be watching to see just how hard they’re gonna have to push.”

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