While Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, may be gaining in influence and gearing up to take over WWE from father-in-law Vince McMahon one day, the passing of the torch has yet to officially happen.
McMahon is still “in charge,” as it were, even if you would assume his influence is decreasing as Triple H takes over. Per a recent report, this odd power-sharing situation is causing increasing confusion and frustration backstage.
As Dave Meltzer mentions in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, many in WWE aren't sure who is supposed to have the final word these days:
It’s been noted to us what an impossible position Paul Levesque has been put in when it comes to talent relations, because Vince McMahon is still the guy making all the final calls, and he changes his mind frequently. It’s become a big frustration of talent that they are told a certain direction by Levesque, and then Levesque is put in the position of having to get with the talent again and explain that what he told them before isn’t happening.
Something like this was probably inevitable: Workaholic Vince is never going to hand over 100 percent control to Triple H and Stephanie then waltz off to spend his retirement playing golf and watching Judge Judy reruns on his big, expensive couch. It's simply not in his nature.
Vince will probably be involved with the company until he physically can't be. This isn't necessarily a bad thing—he's still the most successful wrestling promoter of all time, after all—but it will likely stifle his son-in-law's attempt to smoothly take the reigns.
Triple H is in a difficult position: He's going to take over the company one day, and everyone knows it, but he's not quite there yet.
Alas, these backstage confusions and misunderstandings seem destined to continue, as long as Vince feels like sticking around.
WWE has always had one boss, but now, for all intents and purposes, it has two. It's hard to see this not turning into a significant problem in the future.