Triple H has made it clear that WWE Co-CEO Nick Khan wasn’t the person that decided WWE should release talent and staff over the last few years.
There have been a lot of cuts in WWE over the last few years going back to 2020 with the COVID-19 WWE to run shows out of the Performance Center and “Thunderdome” with no fans in attendance. There were more talent cuts going into 2021 as well as earlier this year. The peculiar thing about it to observers is that WWE has had record profits in the last three years due to the massive TV contract they have, the money they get from Saudi Arabia shows and other factors.
When WWE decided to cut so many jobs during a difficult time in pro wrestling when there weren’t shows with fans until the summer of 2021, a lot of the heat from fans went to Nick Khan.
Nick Khan was hired by WWE in August 2020 as the President and Chief Revenue Officer. This came after Khan was a sports and talent agent working for the Creative Artists Agency. Khan was a key figure in WWE getting new TV deals with USA Network retaining Raw and Smackdown acquiring Fox, which started in October 2019.
In July 2022 following the retirement of Vince McMahon as WWE Chairman/CEO, Khan was promoted to the role of WWE Co-CEO along with Stephanie McMahon, who is also the Chairwoman of WWE.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H (Paul Levesque) defended Khan from the criticism he received due to fans and others believing that Khan wanted WWE to release a lot of wrestlers as well as other staffers. Triple H said that it wasn’t Khan’s fault.
“There was a period of time… where the whole world was like, ‘That damn Nick Khan.’ It just makes me laugh. He had zero to do with those decisions that are happening, the poor guy. He’s just getting battered online for having zero to do with any of those stories.”
Triple H went on to praise Khan for the work he has done since he started with WWE.