Over a decade ago, we knew that someday the power structure in the WWE would take on a very different identity.
In fact, we had a strong inkling about the WWE's fate when the McMahon-Helmsley alliance became as true in real life as it was in the storylines.
Undoubtedly, Triple H became a "McMahon" on the day he married Stephanie McMahon.
Backed by his "Billionaire Princess," "The Cerebral Assassin" has plowed through doubts, earning the trust, admiration and respect of the only man worth winning over—Vince McMahon.
With the legitimate heir to Vince's throne (Shane McMahon) out of the picture, the empire has slowly but surely become entrusted to the substitute son (in-law), Triple H.
According to WrestleZone.com, Triple H is indeed now regarded as the 'defacto' Vince McMahon:
WrestleZone has learned that the transition phase in WWE, with power being shifted to HHH and his wife Stephanie McMahon-LeVesque from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, continues at a decent pace, with many of the creative decisions Vince used to rule on now being handled by HHH. One writing team source called HHH 'The DeFacto Vince,' but added 'Vince is hands-on in control of WrestleMania, and he's not letting anyone else have a say in the matter.'
This is one of the reasons why so much of the WrestleMania lineup has not been finalized yet, because, according to another key WWE insider, 'Vince keeps changing his mind. He's just not sold on anything but the top matches.'One sign of the WWE's depth chart weakness is the John Laurinaitis vs Teddy Long feud. 'In any other era, would these two have so much air time during WrestleMania season?' our key insider asked.
While it's touching to know that WrestleMania 28 will likely be Vince's swan song as it relates to being fully hands-on, the inevitable is fast approaching.
Whether we like it or not, the WWE Universe will soon be a domain where "The King of Kings" will leave his mark and roam about as the undisputed head honcho.
The legacy Triple H leaves, though, we'll depend on a variety of factors.
If he carries on as a true student of the wrestling business, putting to use the best of what Vince has taught him, then the WWE will be in great hands.
However, if he plays favorites like he did in his "Kliq" days and continues to wrestle while making decisions behind the scenes, then his reign won't be fondly remembered.