Triple H: Why the COO Must Stay Out of Main Event on TV and PPV

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Triple H: Why the COO Must Stay Out of Main Event on TV and PPV
Triple H was in the main event once again on the May 20 edition of Raw (photo courtesy of wwe.com)

Triple H is doing such a great job behind the scenes of WWE that he needs to spend less time in the ring. Especially at the conclusion of Monday Night Raw and pay-per-view events.

WWE’s Chief Operating Officer came to prominence during the Attitude Era and is now a 13 time world champion. However, for the last few years Triple H has been focusing more on his backstage role. With this change, there are a number of reasons why the main events of Raw and pay-per-view shows should not include Triple H.

There is much less meaning in the feuds involving Triple H. This is a criticism I have for someone like Brock Lesnar and other part-time wrestlers too. It is difficult to become as interested when you have two part-time wrestlers feuding with one another.

At least in the case of CM Punk and Undertaker, one was always there to discuss the feud. In fact, it was CM Punk who built up his WrestleMania match almost entirely on his own through promos.

Triple H’s feud with Brock Lesnar was the focus at the conclusion of multiple editions of Raw and was the main event of Extreme Rules. The pay-per-view would have ended in more of a cliffhanger and intrigue if the WWE title match was the main event. John Cena versus Ryback was a less predictable match that ended with controversy. That is the best way for a WWE pay-per-view to end.

Should Triple H and Brock Lesnar's match have main evented Extreme Rules over the WWE title match? (photo courtesy of wwe.com)

Although the Shield has stood in the middle of the ring with the tag team titles in hand on Raw prior to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, the show didn’t end there. The Shield has been pushed to the limits in WWE. Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are all expected to be big parts of the company’s future. Instead, Triple H had to have a confrontation with Brock Lesnar to end the show.

Why couldn’t that confrontation happen earlier in the broadcast?

Triple H’s involvement in main events on Raw and pay-per-views also take away from the younger Superstars. The WWE COO is well-known for burying talent and it can be argued that he did just that recently with Curtis Axel.

On the May 20 edition of Raw, Triple H squared off against the re-debuting of Curtis Axel in a match that was meant to showcase Joe Hennig’s new gimmick. Instead, the conclusion of the match focused on Triple H exclusively. It is understandable that Axel didn’t pin the former WWE and World Heavyweight champion. An alternative situation to have Axel look strong is to have the new Paul Heyman guy give Triple H a beating so that the COO could not continue the match.

The end of Raw was all about Triple H, not Curtis Axel (photo courtesy of wwe.com)

Triple H has been making changes to WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, that have improved the product. He is taking a more old school approach to superstars’ delivering promos in that he is trying to eliminate scripts. Triple H should continue to focus on the future of WWE, which has him in an office as opposed to the squared circle.

Do you prefer to see Triple H in or out of the main events of Raw and pay-per-views? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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