At Sunday night’s No Way Out pay-per-view, what everyone thought would happen was all but confirmed: Triple H is going to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
This will mark Triple H’s first match since WrestleMania XXVIII, when he and The Undertaker delivered a match for the ages inside the ominous Hell in a Cell structure.
Of course, Triple H vs. Lesnar will also continue the recent tradition of The Game performing only as a part-timer, competing almost exclusively on big PPVs or “when needed.”
That “when needed” phrase is the tricky part, though.
One could argue that with the WWE indeed needs Triple H as a full-time performer now more than ever.
The company has been hit extremely hard lately, as a number of top guys have been suspended (Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton), one’s away filming a movie (The Miz), several others are injured (Mark Henry, Wade Barrett) and a handful of wrestlers, including Triple H himself, are only part-timers at the moment.
Thus, a logical solution to help solve the WWE’s very obvious roster problem is to bring Triple H back full-time to give the company some added star power.
I can see why many fans would be calling for Triple H to remain a regular TV character and in-ring performer. But I also don’t think that the WWE “needs” him back and that it can survive without him.
Here are four reasons why:
4. The WWE Needs Better Storylines, Not Another Veteran Main-Eventer
Even with all of the WWE’s injuries and suspensions, it still has a pretty talented roster—maybe not an incredibly deep one, but a talented one nonetheless.
The issue here isn’t necessarily the roster. It’s the booking of storylines.
Regardless of whether the WWE is currently missing a ton of stars or not, the company could weather that storm if the creative team came up with more intriguing angles.
Instead of booking John Cena vs. Big Show in a match that no one wants to see and has a number of rehashed stipulations, how about putting on entertaining angles with the talent that’s available at the moment?
You take a Dolph Ziggler or a CM Punk, and you book him in a must-see angle that makes everyone forget that a dozen or so WWE stars are currently missing.
You don’t bring back Triple H as another veteran main-eventer, who—like Big Show and Cena—would be sure to hog a ridiculous amount of TV time each and every week.
Rather, you focus on what is at the core of all of the WWE’s problems: bad booking.
You can have all the talent in the world. But if your booking isn’t good, your show won’t be either.
3. The Roster Depth Issues Should Be Fixed Shortly
The WWE definitely has a serious roster depth issue at the moment, but some fans are acting like it’s going to last forever.
Guess what? It’s not.
Jericho’s suspension is almost up, Orton and Mysterio’s will be soon as well, Lesnar is coming back within the next month or two, Barrett should be back by the end of the summer and Mark Henry’s return likely isn’t that far off either.
Although I will agree that the lack of star power is hurting the WWE right now and it needs some talent back ASAP, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
And that light doesn’t involve Triple H.
Bringing back even just two or three of the names I mentioned above will instantly provide a huge boost to the WWE’s main roster in the short-term and just as big a boost in the long-term.
If the WWE brings back Triple H full-time only to have Mysterio and Orton (or something along those lines) immediately follow him, we’ll suddenly complain that too many veterans are hogging the spotlight.
Just keep Triple H as a part-timer like he currently is, and in due time, we’ll see that the WWE made the right decision.
2. Making Triple H a Full-Time Wrestler Would Hurt His Performance in Other Areas
Triple H has more responsibilities than any wrestler in the WWE.
He recently took over John Laurinaitis’ role as the executive vice president of talent relations, he plays a big role in the day-to-day operations of the WWE, he has a number of backstage duties at TV tapings and PPVs and he’s a part-time wrestler.
Should Triple H return as a full-time performer?
That’s a boatload of responsibilities for one man to have, and along with those responsibilities comes a ridiculous amount of pressure.
Triple H is expected to work in a handful of different roles in the WWE, and not only that, but he’s expected to perform incredibly well in each of those roles as well.
He’s got to scout and help develop new talent, come up with storylines and angles and train to stay in shape for when he steps into the ring, among a plethora of other duties.
Triple H is attempting to do what seems nearly impossible: be a creative writer, a talent developer and a part-time wrestler all rolled into one.
As you might imagine, he’s got enough things to do already. So, what happens if you make him perform as a full-time wrestler, too?
I’ll tell you what happens—it would be workload overload for Triple H, and he’d have a hard time managing all of those responsibilities.
In fact, I wouldn’t doubt that making Triple H a full-time wrestler would really hurt his performance in those others areas I’ve mentioned.
1. Now Is the Time to Give Young Stars a Chance to Become Bona Fide Superstars
The WWE’s issues with its roster and a lack of star power might actually be a blessing in disguise.
One of the biggest complaints I read about on the Internet is that the WWE relies far too much on its veterans, and thus, has a really difficult time trying to develop new main-event caliber superstars.
How is bringing Triple H back going to help? Oh yeah, it’s not—it’s only going to make things worse.
Rather than plugging in Triple H as a temporary solution, the WWE should use this opportunity to give young stars a chance to shine and develop into bona fide superstars.
We don’t need more of Cena, Big Show or Triple H.
What we need is more of the guys who are going to carry the company when those guys retire: Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and so on and so forth.
There are plenty of extremely talented, young WWE stars who often get pushed to the back-burner when the roster is fully intact.
That obviously isn’t the case right now, though, so why not focus on the Zigglers of the WWE when you can.
Who knows? You might just so happen to create a new megastar if you do.