Just why was Triple H added to the SummerSlam main event on Monday's Raw?
On the surface, his addition as special guest referee doesn't make a huge amount of sense.
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan is already a thrilling, red-hot program—the pair's verbal confrontation on Monday's Miz TV was fantastic television and one of the best segments in months—and really doesn't need a wild card like Triple H in the mix.
Indeed, inserting the star into the match—which virtually guarantees some sort of shenanigans and outside interference—only serves to dilute an otherwise intriguing WWE Championship feud.
So, what's going on? Is Triple H's ego running amok and he has decided he just has to be involved in what is shaping up to be the best feud of 2013? Do the McMahons lack faith in Bryan to carry the pay-per-view by himself?
Interestingly, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer explains the decision, writing:
This match is expected to end up as the kickoff of the WrestleMania angle with the McMahons. HHH being added as referee is not because they think Bryan doesn’t have enough star power and they need HHH there. Quite the opposite. HHH is there because this is a high profile title match, the biggest since WrestleMania, and the right spot for the angle to kick off the McMahon family.
OK, so we'll have to wait and see how things unfold on Sunday. Maybe WWE will surprise us and come up with a truly great summer angle at long last (neither the Nexus Invasion or The Summer of Punk truly lived up to the hype).
But really, is it worth taking away from Bryan/Cena just to ensure the latest McMahon family power feud (their 1,392nd one seemingly) starts off with a bang? Can't they do that somewhere else on the card?
More importantly: As the McMahons set the stage at the pay-per-view to feud, is Bryan at the risk of becoming an afterthought?