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NXT TakeOver Portland media call: Lesnar-Riddle, AEW, Simone Johnson

WWE COO Paul "HHH" Levesque spoke with the media for nearly an hour Wednesday for his customary pre-TakeOver conference call, the audio of which you can listen to by clicking the red button below.

Topics on the call included:

  • Why NXT isn't beating AEW in the key demos on Wednesday nights and why that is
  • What he knows about the recent Brock Lesnar/Matt Riddle rumors
  • The decision making behind dropping "women's" from the NXT women's title
  • Whether Rhea Ripley and the Charlotte Flair angle takes away from the specialness of her on TakeOver
  • The Simone Johnson signing and the immense spotlight on her as she begins her journey
  • Why there wasn't a Halftime Heat show this year
  • Whether Shayna Baszler is a full-time member of Raw or not
  • The recent signings of Killer Kross and Timothy Thatcher
  • An upcoming announcement of a schedule change due to a Full Sail commitment

NXT TakeOver is this Sunday in Portland, OR, for what he called a WrestleMania weekend-esque show.

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