The Authority—Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and whomever else they can recruit to their cause—has dominated WWE programming over the past year.
Indeed, ever since Triple H screwed Daniel Bryan out of the WWE title and helped Randy Orton win the belt at the SummerSlam pay-per-view last year, the heel stable has garnered much of the spotlight and shows no signs of stepping out of it.
This is too bad, because it really is time for WWE to drop the act—or at the very least, marginalize it somewhat.
It nearly goes without saying that the angle has grown stale. There are only so many times fans can hear Triple H and McMahon complain about how Bryan isn’t an “A-plus player” or someone fit to be the face of the company.
There’s also the fact that no one is really getting over with this storyline, apart from Triple H and McMahon, that is.
While Bryan has remained popular with the fans, it’s hard to see how constantly reminding fans of his flaws has done him any favors.
He’s never truly gotten his revenge on Triple H and McMahon for making his life miserable, either. Contrast this with how many times Steve Austin gained the upper hand on evil boss Vince McMahon during their legendary rivalry in the late '90s.
Once a big-time main event heel, Randy Orton has been reduced to the role of mere henchman. Batista also came off like a supporting player when he realigned with Triple H too.
However, dull and counter-productive as the act was, it wasn’t too bad—until last Monday night’s Raw.
At that point, it took a disastrous turn for the worse.
In what was arguably one of the most horrendous, and disgusting, angles WWE’s flagship show has ever seen, some spiked coffee—courtesy of a mischievous Roman Reigns—led to Stephanie McMahon vomiting all over Vickie Guerrero backstage.
An enraged Guerrero ended the segment by screaming in frustration. Possibly she was meant to symbolize all the wrestling fans everywhere who were forced to sit through this nonsense, but that might be giving the creative team far too much credit.
And with this, The Authority angle reached the bottom of the barrel. It’s time to end it once and for all. It simply can’t contribute anything good to the quality of the show anymore.
Ideally, Triple H and McMahon would step aside and let a new up-and-coming heel act, like Seth Rollins or Rusev, bask in the spotlight.
No one is saying the married couple needs to take itself entirely off television—used in limited amounts the two can be assets—but it is time for the pair to accept that Raw needs to be more than simply The McMahon Show.