This is where he dismissed the idea of dropping “Women’s” from the name. Of course, this dates back to WWE doing away with the gender-specific designation of the title. The idea was to refer to the title as the NXT Title instead of the NXT Women’s Title.
A graphic was shown at WWE Worlds Collide that billed Ripley Ripley as the NXT Champion. There was no other evidence that the change was actually being made.
According to Triple H, it was something that got blown out of proportion on the internet.
“There were conversation that were had,” Triple H admitted. “It was basically about not having to beat it into the ground when you say it, but it just got run with and once… when you have that many people working on a product, and something gets taken the wrong way, everybody in trying to do their job, just spreads it.
“There was never an edict, there was never anything. It really was what it was, of just trying not to… if you’re showing a graphic, you don’t have to say, the title belt that says ‘Women’s’, the graphic that says ‘Women’s’, the announcers saying ‘Women’s’, so everybody is… but you get it. There are pictures of women there, you get what it is. You don’t have to beat it into the ground. It was more of, it just got run with and speculated on.”
WWE holds the NXT TakeOver: Portland event on Sunday, February 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon at the Moda Center and will air on the WWE Network.
At this show, Ripley makes her next title defense as the NXT Women’s Champion against Bianca Belair.
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription