Call it political influence or writer’s job security, but somehow or another the WWE has turned into the world of Triple H. Even as a fan of trips, the un-creative love for the game has gotten completely out of hand.
[adinserter block=”2″]Let me say this before I start to dissect the current state of the WWE or what may as well be called the glorious love affair for Triple H. I am a fan. He has probably been the most consistent promo guy the WWE has had in its last ten years. His work is second to none and rarely has anything less than a great match, even at his age and part-time status. Professionally you can’t do anything but give him a ton of credit for the development of NXT as a brand. He’s the first guy in the VKM regime to successfully create another brand under the umbrella. He obviously cares a lot about the brand and the talent and for that, you have to admire him.
But enough is enough already!
The Sting promo was the tipping point for me. I watched one of the better promo guys the company has deliver a scripted tribute to the legacy of a guy who isn’t even wrestling on the active roster. I listened to a guy build an entire program around a guy who just beat him a few months back at the biggest show in recent memory. It didn’t end there!
The entire program was sprinkled with numerous references to the greatness of the Game. You would have thought that Triple H was on the level of…oh I don’t know….any of the great legends of WWE past. I hate to say it because again I am a fan, but he’s not. You can tell me how great his legacy is for three hours and as good as it is and it’s pretty good, it’s not legendary. I know it, you know it, and anyone who has paid attention to the company for more than a year knows it. So why is the axis of the WWE Universe spinning around this guy?
Making matters even worse is the line between Triple H savior to NXT and hero to the fans to Triple H head of the Authority and dastardly C.O.O. Notice how I never used the word “blurred” because there is nothing blurred between those worlds. The line is solid and Triple H is currently the God of the WWE Universe. Not Vince McMahon, not John Cena, not Seth Rollins…Triple H!
Why are we even here in 2015? This is a company that tells us they are building towards the future. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, Rusev, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose are all stars of today and the future. The buzz for months has been about the transitioning of veterans like John Cena and the Big Show to help give this new class of stars some credibility. Yet everything, including Cena’s program revolves around Triple H. What gives?
[adinserter block=”1″]It’s easy to chalk it up to Triple H’s political power and his influence over his own booking. Don’t misunderstand me. I am sure that’s part of it. My other guess is that there is a ton of pressure of WWE creative team members to get on the C.O.O.’s good side. It’s no secret that he will wield a lot of power for years to come in the company. What better way to get on the good side of the boss than to script an entire storyline around his inflated legacy? Do you want to be the writer that stands up in the meeting telling everyone in the room what an utterly ridiculous premise that is? I didn’t think so.
Look, there is always a place for Triple H on television. I think you need the establishment to secure the foundation as the new faces establish themselves as stars. Unfortunately the priority in September 2015 is to promote Triple H’s legacy and tell the story of the smartest wrestler, promoter, and businessman in WWE history at the expense of laying the foundation for the future.
And that completely boggles my mind!