ViRTUE's RAGE: A Letter to Triple H Submitted by Virtue on 08/06/2017 at 11:26 PM
August 6, 2017
Dear Paul Levesque,
One, two, is this on? Ha, yo Jimmy hit me with that Triple H. First and foremost, I would like to formerly introduce myself. I am Virtue of NoDQ.com, the self-proclaimed greatest columnist in NoDQ.com history. For the most part, I consistently put your product over. On average, I give your major WWE Network events (formerly known as PPVs) higher grades than the rest of the Internet critics do. Just this year alone, the average grade I have given your major WWE Network events is a B, and the average grade I have given your NXT TakeOver events is a B++. Just as an additional reference, I gave an average grade of an A to your 2016 NXT TakeOver events. This year, I have been a bit more critical because you have called so many talents up to the main roster since 2016, and I am just not yet fully acclimated to your current NXT roster. Nonetheless, I clearly see and understand your vision for the future of the WWE product; however, I don’t think your father-in-law, Vince McMahon, does.
For the record, unlike most (if not all) of the Internet wrestling critics and so-called “journalists”, I do NOT want employment by WWE. With all due respect, I would never want to partake in the drama and stress of the professional wrestling business. I am pretty sure my college education and background in business and statistics would more than qualify me for a position within your company, but I would rather remain just a fan, or as you like to refer to it, a mark.
As for the meat and potatoes of this letter to you, I just wanted to point out that I find it fascinating how over you can get your next generation talents in NXT, but those same talents lose a lot of steam once they are called upon to the main roster. Some of them even lose all their steam. I will give you credit for the fact that you have done what you set out to do from day one as a WWE executive. You have won over the Internet fans and Indy marks with your contributions and vision for the NXT product. Not only have you locked in the niche fan base to your WWE Network thanks to NXT, but you have become their martyr. Because of your NXT product, those same niche fans now sour towards Vince McMahon’s vision more so than ever. Unfortunately, despite your own success, you have caused a major rift within your product because of that very desire to win over said fans.
Sure, according to the books, the WWE may be seemingly doing well. However, let’s be honest, you have cut pyrotechnics, you have canceled some WWE Network programs, and I am sure you will soon have layoffs. I get that you are a publicly traded company, and like all corporations do, cutbacks are necessary. The problem I have with that is you have enough talent set in place there is no excuse for declining ratings, loss of house show attendance, and canceled WWE Network subscriptions. You may currently have an all-time high revenue, but if your bottom line is shrinking because of higher costs and expenditures, I am blaming the people in charge with contrasting visions. I am specifically referring to you and Vince McMahon.
In order to clarify exactly what I am referring to, let me bring up Enzo Amore. He is clearly a Paul Levesque product and not a Vince McMahon one. Who cares what the dirt sheets are saying regarding the backstage heat on Enzo? The fact that he could be in any hot water at all is just absurd. Based on reports, it is clear as day that many of the “boys” do not like him. It can be argued that the dislike is probably because of his attitude and arrogance behind the scenes. However, I think it is more jealously than anything else. The fact that Enzo has made IT because of his voice, his character, his entertainment value, and a chance taken by YOU, has clearly rubbed many the wrong way. It is now up to you, Paul, to make this all work out and not lose (or bury) a major asset to your company like Enzo Amore. Imagine that! For once, you finally have the opportunity to stand up to Vince McMahon. All you have to do is try and protect what is probably your greatest find and creation since you have been an executive with WWE. And you can’t teach that…
With sincere regards,
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