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Conflicting Reports On If Triple H Declined Executive Director Role for Smackdown Live

June 27, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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UPDATE: Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful tweeted tonight that he has not heard the same thing as Brad Shepard, tweeting the following: “I have not heard anything even remotely confirming that Triple H turned down an Executive Director position”

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet also reports that he has not heard that, saying: “I’ve also heard from multiple sources now who say the rumor of Triple H being offered/turning down one of the Executive Director positions is false.”

ORIGINAL: As previously reported, WWE dropped an atomic bombshell on the wrestling world today with the announcement of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff being named as the new Executive Directors and creative heads of Raw and Smackdown Live. A later report from Fightful claimed there was some surprise backstage from at least one longtime WWE Superstar on why Triple H wasn’t picked for the either role. According to a rumor reported by Brad Shepard on Twitter, Triple H actually was offered Bischoff’s new Executive Director role for Smackdown Live, but he apparently turned it down.

According to the rumor, he declined the role to oversee Smackdown because it meant he’d have to juggle both that and NXT. Shepard wrote, “The same source also told me Triple H was offered Eric Bischoff’s Executive Director role on #SDLive under the condition that he juggle NXT as well, and he declined.” You can check out the tweet on the subject below.

With WWE, Triple H already serves in an official role listed as Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. Regarding Heyman and Bischoff’s new positions, per WWE on today’s announcement, “In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business.”