Triple H More Hands Off With WWE Commentators In 'Refreshing' Move

Triple H taking ‘refreshing’ hands off approach with WWE commentators

During his time in charge of WWE, Vince McMahon was known to be extremely hands on with his commentary team, with McMahon known to constantly bark instructions and direction at his announcers via headsets from his place in Gorilla position.

Since McMahon’s exit and with triple H taking over as Chief Content Officer of WWE, that approach to commentary has seemingly changed, with WWE SmackDown announcer Corey Graves noting on the Short and to the Point podcast that Triple H is more ‘hands off’ and it is ‘refreshing’:

“Triple H is another guy that I owe a great deal, if not everything in my career, to. He was the one that took a chance on me as a wrestler in NXT. And I know that we've had a few conversations since - that him having to shut me down broke his heart as much as it broke mine. He's always been sort of silently supportive. If I need something, I’ve never hesitated to go to him and ask. He also is really cool and sort of refreshing in a sense that he gives us [announcers] space.

“When he's in Gorilla [position] right where the old boss sat, instead of being told and prompted, 'Hey, you've got to say this, you have to do it this way, you have to use this verbiage,' He, I think, understands that we’re all fans and we all love this in different ways. And as the business grows and evolves, you kind of have to let go of the reins a little bit. I still have my guide rails, I just feel like they’re a little bit wider on each side now where rather than trying to stay on a particular path and walk in a certain rhythm and do things a certain way, I have a little bit more leeway to be me and develop my own style. As long as all the boxes that need checked continue to be checked, I don't have to do them the same way that the six guys before me have done or that Michael Cole does or etcetera,” said Graves.

Graves continued, noting how Triple H’s commentary management style is different to McMahon’s:

“I’ve been on TV for, I think, seven years on Raw and SmackDown. And in the last few months, I think my headsets have been as quiet and lucid as they have been ever. I only hear from him if I’m doing something terribly wrong, which knock on wood doesn't happen too frequently, or the other time I hear from him pretty regularly is if a joke lands. If I say something and it gets him, 'Oh, that was really good.' Or he’ll double down. He’ll follow up on my joke in my headset. And sometimes I'm like, 'Oh man I wish I could tell the people this but it just doesn't fit’,” said Graves.

Graves was promoted to lead announcer for SmackDown in January, with Wade Barrett joining him as colour analyst.

Share this post

John Cena Teases WWE WrestleMania 40 Appearance

QUIZ: WWE 2K Cover Stars

Written by Jack Atkins

Scripts, news, and features writer. Anything with words, basically.