WWE Opinion: Here's Why You're Probably Wrong About Triple H
Paul "Triple H" Levesque is a power-hungry politician with scores of self-serving tricks up his sleeve. A Goliath. A corporation unto himself.
He seeks to destroy everything that is good in professional wrestling and suck the WWE dry of all its precious, underappreciated fruit.
Many Internet wrestling circles fear the imminent rule of Triple H the same way ants flee at the sound of human footsteps.
He'll starve the company of hard-working, Internet-friendly Indy products like CM Punk in favor of brawny gym rats like Ryback.
Not-as-well-written versions of these very sentiments can easily be found on the average pro wrestling message board. Maybe that's why it's best to stay away from them.
As reality may have it, the Triple H administration—which seems to gain more power with every passing day—has quietly moved to restore historic values and institutions in the WWE.
How would you assess Triple H's tenure as VP of talent and live events?
Triple H has somehow developed a reputation for favoring muscular talents. In 2009, It was infamously reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the musclebound Sheamus was workout partners with Triple H. Tall, chiseled Scotsman Drew McIntyre was also one of Triple H's rumored projects early in his career.
CM Punk touched upon this supposed preferential treatment during a worked shoot promo. He declared that Triple H had a "weird bodybuilder fetish" and, like Vince McMahon, felt that a "guy who looks like [CM Punk] didn't belong in a ring with a guy who looks like [Triple H]."
Yes, Triple H's seemingly unmistakable corporate similarities to Vince McMahon became so pronounced they were infused in a storyline.
It wasn't too long after Punk's promo that CM Punk would become a WWE champion.
In fact, since Triple H became executive vice president of talent and live events in 2011, longer title reigns are just one of the many positive changes. Team Hell No has held the tag team championships since September of 2012. Antonio Cesaro has reigned as a fighting United States champion for nearly six months.
WWE has played hot potato with the Intercontinental Championship as of late, but the vintage championship was reintroduced on October 2 by Cody Rhodes—who held the title for seven months.
And if Triple H truly has any disdain for Indy talent, the man aught to take up a career in poker. Dean Ambrose (Dragon Gate), Seth Rollins (ROH) and Antonio Cesaro (ROH) have all made successful debuts under his watch.
Chris Hero (ROH) and Generico (ROH) have been singed by the WWE, and Daniel Bryan—a one-time king of the independent wrestling scene—has enjoyed his biggest career surge during the almost-Triple H era.
Then there's Bruno.
For decades former lifelong (or so it seemed) WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino was at odds with the McMahon family and the WWE death machine. As a result, he has had little to no relation, business or personal, with the WWE since leaving the company in 1988. His exclusion from the WWE Hall of Fame rendered the institution a magician without its prized bunny rabbit.
It was Triple H and his noted, yet unheralded, old-school values that began a once unthinkable campaign to bring Bruno back to where it all started.
ESPN's Jon Robinson gave much credit to The Game in the WWE's successful efforts to formally induct Sammartino. The promotion's masterpiece in training is now one step closer to a finished work of art.
Triple H may be more of a friend to the impossible-to-satisfy Internet than an enemy. But despite conclusive evidence supporting this claim, this will never be part of his legacy.
It's all in a day's work for an alleged power-abusing politician. One who once spent four consecutive WrestleManias on his back, launching and preserving careers in the ring and in front of the desk. Just as he has done behind it.
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