WWE sent out a press release this week about their brand change which had some good and bad news. The bad news is the confirmation of the WWE’s new direction to distance themselves from “wrestling.” The good news is that Triple H is now in charge of WWE talent development.
The press release reads, “The new department will put a greater emphasis on worldwide recruitment, training and character development to identify future WWE Superstars and Divas. The first recruit acquired under Levesque’s new department was the signing last month of future WWE Superstar, Sin Cara™, formerly known worldwide as Mistico.”
For some, this was also bad news. Triple H has a lot of haters on the Internet and off for that matter. There are many, quite a few in the business who resent his spot in the company. Even after a great match at WrestleMania 27 I have received emails from people complaining that he tapped instead of pass out. Yes that is how bad some of the vitriol is for The Game. But if there was ever an area in the WWE that could use his influence it is the talent development of the WWE.
The press release credits the signing of Mistico (Sin Cara) to Triple H. If true, that is really impressive. I say if because I find it hard to believe that Triple H is an avid lucha libre fan. Maybe he didn’t find him but if he made the final decision I am impressed. This also explains the signing of Jon Moxley. I think Moxley has enormous potential but he isn’t the kind of wrestler that the WWE has signed in recent years. It all makes sense now.
While Hunter may currently be a part of the McMahon family, he came up the hard way. He trained at Killer Kowalski’s school, worked the independent wrestling scene, and made his way up through WCW to the WWE. Say what you will about him but the guy was obviously a big wrestling fan as a kid and understands the quality of a good wrestling product. To be fair, he was also a big bodybuilding fan growing up so this could go either way.
Now it is impossible to know how this will play out in two years. It is very possible that Hunter’s vision of new talent won’t be much different than the last few years of recruits which saw more of an emphasis on physique than talent. However, if Hunter really did recruit Mistico and had a hand in Moxley, well then I am ecstatic about the future of the WWE.
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