WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque remains happy after the departure of Adam “Edge” Copeland from the company, and excited about the arrival of free agent Jade Cargill.
The past couple of weeks have seen big shifts in the professional wrestling scene, with former AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill joining WWE after refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal at Tony Khan’s company, which celebrated it’s four-year-old birthday this year.
However, the surprises didn’t stop at Cargill jumping ship to AEW’s main competitor. Adam Copeland, formerly known as Edge, departed WWE last week as a seven-time world champion, to make his AEW debut at the WrestleDream pay-per-view.
Speaking at yesterday’s Fastlane press conference, Paul Levesque said the time was right for Copeland to move onto new pastures.
“It was just the time, the time was right for him, the time was right for us,” he said.
“I think he had an amazing career and an amazing send-off here, and I think he felt like he had done what there was to do.”
“I wish him the best, he (Copeland) said there’s no animosity here, there’s no hard feelings, he’s doing what’s right for him, his family and I’m happy for him.
“I’m happy for him, very, very happy for him. I sent him that in a message, I’m happy for you and I’m happy, I’m proud of him and happy for him.”
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The departure of Copeland has left a huge hole that needs to be filled and thankfully for WWE, the company’s NXT developmental system and range of younger talent on the main roster has set the future up for success.
Levesque said the outgoing of Copeland will see everybody on the WWE roster increase their intensity.
“When they see him (Copeland) walk away and go somewhere else, people will think ‘damn, I’m taking that spot,” he said.
“That creates opportunity. Everybody will step up their game to fill that role, there’s a line of people way more than capable of taking it to the next level, just like he was when he came in here.”
Making her first WWE appearance in the Fastlane pre-show, much was talked about Jade Cargill who signed in late-September. With fans of the professional wrestling landscape truly believing she will main event multiple WrestleMania’s in her career, it’s no surprise big plans are in place for the former AEW TBS Champion.
Levesque is incredibly excited by the recent addition to the WWE roster, but said he is “patient”, after being asked when fans could get a look at Cargill on television.
“When she’s ready to blow the roof off of everything we do, there’s one thing that I am is patient for stuff like this,” he said.
“Her ability and her rise has been incredibly quick, but this is a different system, a different level of everything.
“What doesn’t exist elsewhere, exists here and that’s the opportunity for her (Cargill) to learn at a different level, to get to a different place and that’s just the way it is.”
“It’s exciting to see, but the thing you don’t want to do is put someone in a position that they’re sort of ready for, you want to make damn sure they’re ready for.”
“So no matter what happens, she’s going to knock it out the park, so when is that? I’m not sure, where’s she going to go? I’m not sure.
“There’s a lot of people here internally, in charge of each brand, everyone wants her, everyone’s chomping at the bit to work with her”.
Despite only just joining WWE, Cargill has already impressed the higher-ups within the company and made it clear she is a talent who is ready for whatever her career throws at her.
“One thing that I have learned about her in the short period of time that I’ve known her is that she’s ready for it all. She’s ready to dig in, she’s ready to work her ass off, she wants to be the best, she’s ready to be on this team and rive everybody,” Levesque said.