Just what are the WWE's plans for the current Triple H concussion angle?
As anyone who watched it will know, Monday's Raw ended rather unusually, even by WWE standards.
Triple H seemingly suffered a concussion during his bout with newcomer Curtis Axel, collapsed at ringside and couldn't get back up. He was attended to by medics as the show went off the air.
It's an intriguing angle, and a topical one, especially in light of the extensive research into concussions done by former WWE wrestler Chris Nowinski and Sports Legacy Institute in recent years.
Notably, USA Today reported last week that the company had donated $1.2 million to the Sports Legacy Institute to help fund its continued research. Whatever else you think of Vince McMahon, this is a nice classy gesture and shows that the WWE is very conscious of the issue.
But why write such a matter into storylines?
Well, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports:
Regarding the HHH angle, apparently the working idea is to lead to Stephanie, Vince (and perhaps even the kids) going on television and begging HHH to stop wrestling for fear of the damage it has already caused him. As of right now, one story we were told is that several family members will be on television when it comes time for his return. However, another source said there are several different ideas and nothing is certain on where the angle is going.
This is interesting.
The idea of a broken-down wrestler being pressured by his loved ones to step away from the ring for the sake of his health has been done before. Most notably in TNA in early 2010, when Hulk Hogan's daughter Brooke pleaded with her ailing father not to wrestle again (he didn't listen to her, of course).
Are you interested in the Triple H/concussion storyline?
It didn't have terribly much success there, but the WWE, a far more competent company, could potentially make it work.
However, one drawback is: Where is this storyline supposed to go? How will it lead to a match?
And, really, do we need to see the McMahon family plastered all over WWE television again?