Triple H, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox opened the show in the ring with the entire WWE roster up on the stage, save for The Shield who were at ringside standing guard.
Trips talked about firing Cody Rhodes and how the locker room has felt about it. He said he wants an open forum where anyone can express their feelings about anything.
Damien Sandow complimented Triple H for firing Rhodes, and Trips responded by saying he didn't want this to turn into a situation where people just kiss his butt.
Kofi says that making the locker room fear for their jobs isn't good for business, but before Triple H could answer, Heath Slater stepped in and insulted Big Show before telling Triple H he was doing a good job. Trips insulted Slater, which almost got a pop from the crowd.
After a few other Superstars made some comments, Triple H pointed out how Daniel Bryan was not on the ramp with anyone else. He said Bryan's ego has gotten out of hand and he thinks he is better than everyone else.
Before the segment was over Triple H made RVD vs. Randy Orton, Kofi vs. Curtis Axel and Daniel Bryan vs. any member of The Shield that he chooses.
This segment might not be popular with many fans, but for me it actually struck a chord. I have been in a corporate environment for many years, and Triple H's way of running this meeting caused me to have several flashbacks to meetings I have been in where people claimed they wanted an open forum, only to punish those who spoke up against the corporation.
Despite the lack of anything interesting really happening, I thought this segment worked. Why Vickie and Maddox needed to be there is a little bit of a mystery since they said nothing, but everything else clicked on some level.
Some notes from the segment:
- Triple H's line "Cody Rhodes fired Cody Rhodes" was clearly meant to remind us of the famous "Bret Screwed Bret" line from Vince McMahon.
- Triple H is a great heel, but sometimes his heel comments get him babyface reactions. His humor is what will end up making it hard to hate him.
- Was anyone else a little confused when Triple H said "Non-title Intercontinental Championship match?" Why wouldn't he just say "Non-title match?"