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UPDATED: Vince McMahon’s Reasoning for Recent NXT Call-Ups, Details On Triple H and Vince McMahon’s Communication Issues Over NXT Call-Ups, Including Ricochet’s Original RAW Opponent

February 20, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Finn Balor Ricochet Raw 2-18-19 Image Via WWE/Twitter

UPDATE: To add to the earlier story, there’s some additional quotes from Meltzer from The Wrestling Observer Radio (via Ringside News) with a bit more context as to why Vince McMahon called up the top NXT Superstars to appear on the main roster shows this week. Meltzer stated the following on Vince McMahon:

“He felt that the reason the ratings are down is because the product is stale. You know the stars are stale, and it’s like, ‘We don’t have any Superstars, and these guys that we have aren’t gonna be Superstars. So we need to make new superstars, so we gotta get guys that we haven’t ruined.’”

ORIGINAL: According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (via Ringside News), there were some communication issues between Triple H and Vince McMahon this week over the NXT call-ups of Ricochet, Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Not only did Triple H not know about the call-ups in advance, but Ricochet originally had a different opponent in Finn Balor.

Meltzer said: “Vince is reacting to the ratings, I think there’s a reaction to AEW and basically he wanted to get wrestlers on RAW now and so you know he’s not that up on NXT, but it was essentially, ‘Who are the four best guys?’ These are the four best guys, I guess. Triple H didn’t know. There was a communication thing there. So he just wanted those four guys. I’m not sure whether he picked them or whether he was told that these are the guys.

Aleister Black has been discussed before, but the other three were said to be total surprises. The decision was made late last week.

Triple H also had to talk Vince down from his initial plan, which was to have Ricochet debut against Finn Balor. Triple H didn’t like it because he didn’t think Ricochet should lose his debut and Balor shouldn’t lose immediately after winning the Intercontinental title. He also didn’t like the idea of a babyface vs. babyface match for Ricochet’s debut. So they were teamed up instead and defeated the team of Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush.