7 Performers Who Need to Play a Role in the Triple H Regime Storyline
Ever since that memorable turn of events at SummerSlam, Triple H has been running WWE programming and the WWE roster ragged—particularly the babyfaces.
With his partner in crime, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H has delighted in cutting the legs out from under popular stars like Daniel Bryan, The Big Show, Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler. He has not once but twice stripped Bryan of the WWE Championship. He has given free reign to Orton and The Shield to stick their noses anywhere they want to because they epitomize his mantra: “What’s Best for Business.”
He and Stephanie have stripped Big Show’s character of any spine he had—and did so with big smiles on their faces.
Any star who speaks their mind about the direction of WWE under Triple H usually faces some rough consequences. More often than not, those consequences involve facing The Shield in some way, shape or form. All of those consequences wind up in a beatdown.
There is no sign of this plot letting up anytime soon. If that is the case, there are several WWE performers who will be playing some kind of significant role in the plot before it goes away.
Obviously, Bryan, Show, RVD and Ziggler will be able to avenge the treatment they have received from the Triple H regime. But there are others whose involvement has been nil or somewhat limited, and they should all have their moments in this plot.
Let’s take a look at who needs to weigh in.
The “Best in the World” did not get to the point where he is in his career by passing up a good fight. Right now, though, he has to dispatch of Ryback, Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman before he can even think about jumping into the fire with this—and that could take a while.
But once he gets to put in his two cents, watch out.
Punk and Triple H have had run-ins before, most recently during all the mess with Kevin Nash and “what’s good for business” early last year. That issue was settled when the two finally faced off in the ring. After that, each went his own way.
Now, we have a similar theme going. It is now “What’s Best for Business.”
What's best for this business is to get the best talker in WWE fully engaged in the brouhaha. The pipe bombs would be pure gems...not to mention the physical altercations between Punk and Triple H's "posse."
Cody Rhodes and Goldust
OK, let me propose a scenario that on the surface seems very far-fetched. But we all know that there is no such thing in WWE as far-fetched.
Both Rhodes and his older brother have had recent one-off appearances as sideshows in the Triple H tyranny. But that was before Dusty Rhodes showed up for his ill-fated appearance last week.
They opened the door for a possible return Monday night in Chicago when they attacked Shield members coming out for the 11-on-3 handicap match. Although they were "escorted" out of the arena by security, the foundation has been laid.
So here is the scenario: Cody gets reinstated and he is able to get Goldust a WWE contract. Together they avenge what happened to their dad last week. They team up to face Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins for the World Tag Team Championship titles—and WIN!
Since Reigns and Rollins are considered part of the palace guard of the Triple H regime, their defeat could be the signal of the beginning of the end for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. So don’t look for this to happen until around, say, the time of the Royal Rumble.
Far-fetched? Absolutely. Too far-fetched for WWE? Absolutely not.
While it would be great to have Punk, Rhodes and Goldust get involved in the program, there are four performers who absolutely must get involved.
Number one is Shawn Michaels. I have gone on record as saying the Heartbreak Kid is needed in this program, if for nothing else the fact that he is Triple H’s best friend in and out of the ring.
Michaels reportedly is set to appear on Raw sometime in the near future. If he does, he would be the latest in a laundry list of WWE legends to come out and weigh in on the Triple H era.
But while Edge and Dusty Rhodes failed earlier, Michaels will succeed because he and Triple H are so closely connected. He could come out and talk about how his best friend is doing a great job running things, or—and this is the direction I hope he takes—he could come out and be very hypercritical of what is going on.
The latter would be an ideal subchapter for the Triple H storyline. Triple H and Michaels have been in the ring before as partners and as adversaries. Many WWE fans would drool over the idea of seeing these two go at it one more time at some place like WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.
Yes, I know that Michaels is happily retired. But with the exception of Edge, who was shelved because of issues with his neck, have you ever really known a WWE performer to retire and actually stay that way?
If the WWE fans want to see it, I cannot believe Michaels would deny them.
The second star whose participation is required is…
Obviously, McMahon is keeping a low profile in order to let his daughter and son-in-law shine in the white-hot spotlight. Otherwise, the evil WWE chairman character would have been all over the place since this whole plot was launched at SummerSlam.
But it never has been within McMahon to completely stay out of the spotlight. He will make an appearance in this program, but his presence really will signal that the end of the plot is coming.
Look for him to come out looking quite exasperated and talk about how he watched WWE thrive under Triple H and Stephanie over the past few months. However, he could say, he has noticed that the two of them have let the power and the glory go to their heads much like it had gone to his over the years. The business, he would say, is suffering as a result of those ego-driven decisions.
He could say that he does not want the next generation of WWE leaders to fall into the same trap that he did. Therefore, he could announce that the WWE Board of Directors has met in emergency session and is stripping Triple H and Stephanie of their control.
Sound familiar? It should. Triple H came out on Raw and did the same thing to Vince.
Judging by some of the reaction I received when I suggested that Stephanie finally has escaped Vince’s shadow, I would go so far as to suggest that Shane McMahon come back to the fold and “help” Vince get WWE back on track.
Undertaker is the third star, given his recent history with Triple H and the fact that he carries so much clout with WWE fans old and new. Taker always has been one to come in when needed and push a program for WWE. So I have no doubt that he eventually will be called in.
I see his involvement surrounding the decision of who his next WrestleMania opponent will be. Triple H could be wavering over whom to put in the ring with the Deadman. Or maybe he could decide that Undertaker has had a great run, and now is the time for him to step aside.
Before you know it…GONG!! Undertaker appears in several segments to push his case for another shot on WWE’s grandest stage. Things get tense—very tense—before Triple H finally relents and acknowledges that having Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX would be best for business.
His opponent could be the fourth WWE star who, in my opinion, must take a stake in the Triple H regime. That star is…
One of the reasons why the Triple H regime plot has been so successful is because it is not operating under the shadow of the face of WWE. Cena’s arm rehab will come to an end in the next few months, probably by Royal Rumble 2014. He will be back, and so will his larger-than-life character.
But even in absentia, the effect of Cena on this program has to be debated.
Cena has a history of both rebelling against authority and being a good WWE company man. That is what makes predicting which side he will come down on not the slam-dunk many expect it to be.
Cena could have issues with Triple H proclaiming Randy Orton the new face of WWE and say he is back to reclaim that lofty position—not to mention a shot at a 12th WWE title reign.
On the other hand, Cena always has said that WWE is bigger than any one performer. If Triple H and Stephanie feel that they are doing what is best for business, then he has to go along with that. As a reward for support, Triple H would name Cena as Undertaker’s opponent at WrestleMania XXX, and fans get a match that they know must happen in order for Undertaker to hang up his gear for good.
So who, in your opinion, needs to sound off and stake a claim in the Triple H storyline? Is it someone on this list, or do you have someone else in mind? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.
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