Pardon me for a moment as I re-introduce myself.
I once was just like the majority of you, tuning in week in and week out to see what was happening on RAW and SmackDown Live. Now, I catch up on WWE news and happenings via the Twitter machine or the interwebs.
So, imagine my “surprise” when I see that Triple H has once again reared his now bald head to join Team RAW at Survivor Series.
Time and time again, the current Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative finds time to don the trunks and grab a water bottle on his way to the ring. To perform.
Sure, a lot of guys have trouble letting go, but for Paul Levesque, it’s something much, much more personal.
See, right now, the WWE is still Vince McMahon’s baby. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons why I stopped watching WWE programming. I was burnt out on watching part-timers and “legends” from my childhood stepping into the ring, especially in the main event.
Watching New Japan, ROH, and even IMPACT Wrestling gave me a steady dose of what I fell in love with about professional wrestling. The bad news is it still got stale.
So, once again, McMahon doesn’t trust his younger talent to sell one of his “Big Three” (former) PPVs. The WWE Network has its loyal fans and many will tune in to see Survivor Series regardless of who’s in the main event.
This is no disrespect to Jason Jordan, either, but we did see Triple H Pedigree the young man to emphatically replace him on Team RAW. That’s a lasting image to WWE fans. To be fair, it wasn’t like his move to Monday nights was working out too well for him either, though he did pin Bray Wyatt this week.
The traditional Survivor Series match now has Triple H, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon, John Cena, and Randy Orton in it. Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, and Braun Strowman will certainly get air time, but it’s safe to say they’ll be the ones eliminated before the aforementioned part-timers, won’t they?
Will this serve as the reported build for Shane to wrestle Triple H at next year’s WrestleMania? Probably. And that’s sad.
Triple H is often considered the founding father of NXT, a brand that embraces wrestlers from around the world, from independents to flat-out “stealing” talent from ROH, TNA, and NJPW. He’s been lauded as a man who understands where the business is moving toward and has fully embraced it.
So why does he let his father-in-law dictate when and where he gets in the ring? Why does he still have to be on the card?
Seriously, I’m asking.
Anyone more in the know tell me. Until then, I’ll just go back to lurking on the message boards and the Twitter machine.
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