As reported by Wrestlezone.com:
“As far as Sheamus and Drew McIntyre are concerned, they are getting their respective pushes right now because Sheamus is the workout partner of Triple H...”
So…the truth comes out.
Ever since Sheamus won the Breakthrough Battle Royal, there has been massive speculation (here on B/R and elsewhere) as to how he managed to get the call-up to the main event scene faster than many other big, scary hoss types who have dominated the WWE in recent years.
The answer, it would seem, was obvious: he’s buddies with Triple H.
Now, does this mean that Stephen Farrelly is not worthy of the push he’s getting?
Not at all.
He does have a unique look, decent in-ring ability and adequate promo chops. If they were going to give a new guy a shot, he’s one of the better guys to gamble on.
But his rise was awfully fast, and the fact that he’s gotten in with the boss’s son-in-law obviously can’t hurt. Of course, this strategy is nothing new.
Triple H himself is/was (in)famous for getting in Vince’s ear, getting snuggly with Vince’s daughter, and using his political power to work his way up the ladder. His best friend, Shawn Michaels, did the same thing.
John Cena is often said to be buddies with Vince backstage. Now, Sheamus is apparently going the same route. Really, using stroke to get what you want is nothing new in pro wrestling.
What I think people seem to be missing, though, is that this is not necessarily a bad thing.
Now, I’m not advocating that everyone takes a page out of Machiavelli’s playbook and play the political game in lieu of working hard and playing fair.
Plenty of people in wrestling, and in life, get their due this way, and it’s definitely not impossible to just be so good in the ring and on the mic that management has to give you more face time (see: Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, etc.).
But if the opportunity presents itself to use your connections to help your cause (remember the saying, “it’s not what you know, but who you know”) then why wouldn’t you take it?
It would be foolish to say no to a great opportunity if it presents itself...unless, of course, the way you achieve your goals is by illegal means.
Whether Farrelly sought out Triple H to be his workout partner or it was entirely by chance (or somewhere in between), the fact is that under any circumstance it would have been preposterous had Triple H run a main event spot by Farrelly and he said, “No thanks, I’m good being Generic Hoss Monster No. 12,304.”
Any other rising star in the company, if given the same opportunity from someone of Triple H’s position, would have done the same thing.
Speaking of Triple H, I’d like to also address his aforementioned power within the WWE.
Since we know the Artist Formerly Known as Paul Michael Levesque will ultimately be calling the shots one day, it is worthwhile to note that some of his booking decisions have not been bad at all.
He brought Randy Orton and Batista to the main event in Evolution, and he was apparently the driving force behind the initial main event pushes of both Jeff Hardy and CM Punk.
Let’s look at those choices for a minute.
Like them or not, there’s no denying that Batista and Orton have been big draws (particularly Batista, who was always over with the crowd as a face).
Orton, while perhaps overbooked and lacking in interesting promo skills, physically plays the part of the sociopathic viper quite well.
Punk did OK as an underdog babyface but has now become one of the most engaging heels the company has seen in a long time, and Hardy (while never that polished) was always massively over.
And also, let’s face it: Triple H has taken himself out of the World Title picture (though not always the main event) more often than people give him credit for, especially in recent years.
Since he jobbed to Batista at Wrestlemania XXI, he’s hasn't dominated the title scene as much as he did before.
He headlined against Cena the next year, but in–between those two shows, he mostly stayed away from the World Title.
He also stayed away from the World Title scene during the initial reformation of DX–and even helped solidify Orton and Edge as main event players.
Recently, it’s true that he’s gotten back into the title hunt but it’s possible to believe (and I do, actually) that this is due more to the fact that the WWE title picture is shaky at best right now.
If guys like Sheamus and Kofi Kingston manage to get over with the crowd as legit contenders, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Triple H disappear from the title scene once more.