WWE has announced that Triple H is returning to the role of Head of Talent Relations.
In a press release on July 22nd, WWE confirmed that Triple H – real name Paul Levesque – has returned to his former role as EVP, Talent Relations.
“I look forward to returning to my prior position as head of Talent Relations. I’m healthy, fired up, and ready to take charge,”
Before being placed on “administrative leave” in June, John Laurinaitis had held the position now being taken up by Triple H. The leave was the result of allegations of serious misconduct. Laurinaitis had been replaced on an interim basis by Bruce Prichard.
The departure of ‘Johnny Ace’ came following allegations that Vince McMahon paid $3 million to a former employee with whom he had an affair.
Further reports noted that Laurinaitis was also being investigated by WWE’s Board of Directors in regard to a $1.5 million nondisclosure agreement with an employee dating back to 2012. He originally stepped down from his role as Head of Talent Relations around the same time that the deal with the employee was reached. It is alleged that Laurinaitis demoted the woman after she ended their affair.
There have been further allegations that Vince McMahon paid more than $12 million to four different women over the course of 16 years in “hush payments.”
Proud and honored to work with the best talent in the world. https://t.co/polNi8n87C
— Triple H (@TripleH) July 22, 2022
Triple H previously served as Head of Talent Relations after Laurinaitis left the role in 2012.
On June 22nd, it was reported that Triple H had attended the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and told staff that he was “back”. At the time it was unclear as to what he actually meant by that statement. However, since then it has been confirmed that Triple H hasn’t been involved with NXT.