You knew it had to happen. You knew Triple H would get involved.
As soon as Daniel Bryan started to catch fire, it was too good to continue sitting on the sidelines. The boss wanted back in the game. Badly.
Just like the time he took the hand-off from his good buddy Shawn Michaels, Hunter worked himself into two huge WrestleMania matches with Undertaker.
Just like the summer of Punk, he again took off the suit, slapped on the trunks and for reasons never quite explained, beat the new star.
Just like when Brock Lesnar returned, he got the second, and third and fourth matches against him.
Now, things are where they should be. Randy Orton is back to the heel role that he plays so well. Daniel Bryan has emerged as the next big star. But they're afterthoughts. They're co-stars in the HHH show.
Not buying it? Between Hunter and his wife, the two took part in eight segments on the most recent Raw. Eight.
It should be all about Bryan and Orton. Two young stars at the top of their game. But Bryan is made to look like a fool, and Orton is resigned to background duty.
Incredibly, six episodes of Raw and SmackDown in a row, Bryan has ended up face first on the mat looking like a fool. The man standing tall, and looking like the smartest guy in the room is the virtually retired wrestler.
Instead of hot new wrestler vs. hot new heel, it's corporate guy vs. bearded dwarf. At least that's what WWE keeps telling us.
You might compare the current angle to Vince McMahon vs. Steve Austin for justification of today's current mess. After all, it was one of the most successful angles of all time. There's some big differences though.
First, the idea of an authority figure vs. a wrestler was novel at the time. To say that it's a bit played out at this point would be a huge understatement.
Second, other stars benefited from that story. Besides Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley and even HHH became bigger stars. No one is more over because of this one though. Even worse, a lot of people are damaged.
The biggest mouth in the WWE, The Miz? He's staying silent. Dolph Ziggler only hangs his head in shame. And where can you even begin with The Big Show?
Oh, and don't forget every single other babyface on the roster is too afraid to stand up for what is right. They'd rather keep their jobs, and they're far too intimidated by The Almighty Hunter. WWE has been telling us that every wrestler is a coward whose sole talent in life is wrestling or "entertaining." If they didn't work in WWE they'd work in gas stations.
Can you imagine Bud Selig, David Stern, Roger Goodell or Dana White telling the athletes of their respective sports how talentless they are, how they should be thankful to have a job at all and then having every single one of them just sit there and take it?
There would be a revolt. A strike. The inmates would take over the asylum. But not in WWE. The talent is composed of nothing more than a bunch of corporate stooges.
Who wants to pay to watch that?
For those still looking forward to a HHH-run WWE someday, they're getting a special sneak peek these past few weeks. The biggest stars in the company are the ones that don't wrestle, don't go to house shows and don't sell merchandise.
First and foremost, the WWE is the McMahon family show.
There's no time for story line progression for the Wyatts, no time building a tag division or finding Dolph Ziggler something interesting to do. They need eight segments revolving around HHH.
The longer this story goes on, the more damage is done to the company. Sure, HHH will probably eventually get his, but is that worth sacrificing the moral compass of every wrestler for?
One by one, HHH has effectively given the entire roster a giant Pedigree, and no one yet has been able to stand up.