The inclusion of Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame would not have been possible without the efforts of one man, Triple H.
These days, Triple H spends more time focusing on the business side of things out of WWE's Stamford, CT. office, but he still finds time to occasionally throw a few punches.
Ever since stepping away form the ring full-time, people have speculated as to what Triple H, real name Paul Levesque, has been able to accomplish behind the scenes.
How Levesque has handled the transition into corporate life and how he will continue to be a valuable asset to the company has been evidenced by him doing something many thought could not be done.
By getting Bruno Sammartino to agree to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Levesque has shown that he may be more approachable than Vince McMahon when it comes to these things.
McMahon is without a doubt, the lifeblood of WWE. He built the company into a global media conglomerate, and he did it by being both a crude businessman and an entertaining personality.
Unfortunately, sometimes the boss is not looked at with fond memories by his former employees, and that can lead to future efforts to work with certain people difficult.
Sammartino is someone who has been critical of WWE in the past, and has also turned the company down when offered a Hall of Fame spot many times.
The fact that it was Levesque who was able to get him to agree shows that he brought something to the table that nobody else has been able to. What exactly made Sammartino change his mind might not be known, but it was something Levesque did or said that made the difference.
This is a good sign of things to come. Eventually Vince McMahon will have to step away from his post, or be dragged away kicking and screaming. Levesque, with his wife Stephanie, will replace him at the helm.
Triple H has a reputation as a wrestler that some have feared would carry over to how he handles things on the other side of the camera, but clearly that is not the case.
In a recent interview, conducted after Sammartino agreed to go into the Hall of Fame, the man outlines his reasons for refusing before and why he changed his tune.
The interview is included here, and he credits Levesque and the changes WWE has made to the product as the main reasons he finally agreed to be included.
The fact that there is no physical location does not seem to be what mattered to Sammartino in the end, but hopefully someday that does come to fruition. Inducting Sammartino in Madison Square Garden is the only appropriate setting, given his history with the historic arena.
Levesque has been instrumental in WWE's developmental system overhaul, and his other contributions are now starting to be brought to people's attention.
Time will tell how Paul Levesque the executive stacks up against Triple H the wrestler, but so far things are looking pretty good for Mr. Levesque.
What do you think, is getting Bruno Sammartino a sign of Triple H's ability to do great things for WWE?
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