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Triple H Named New Head of WWE Talent Development

Triple H named new head of WWE talent developmentWWE 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.

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but the WWE has grown stale over the last several years. Arguably the biggest reason for this is the inability to develop or sign quality new talent. Sure there have been some exceptions, but for every Daniel Bryan you have four Mason Ryans. The direction isn’t working and finally the WWE has acknowledged this.

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.

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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.

I would imagine that the hard working pro wrestlers of the independent world have to be excited about the news. For the last few years very few wrestlers from the indys were signed to WWE deals. Even fewer made it out of developmental. Triple H’s recent recruits and a new start are likely to inspire a whole class of independent pro wrestlers trying to do the right thing and ascend to the WWE the old fashioned way. With the exception of Daniel Bryan, there are just way too many great workers struggling out there on the independents who have the talent to succeed in the WWE to be ignored.

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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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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