As those who have read my other articles might know, I am not the biggest Triple H fan in the world. Or more accurately put, I do not like him at all. I know thousands do, but for me, he simply represents everything I hate about sports entertainment.
And so now that he is seemingly in a position of power, at least on our television screens, some wrestling commentators, including this one, look on in fear. What exactly can we expect from the man who would be king?
The first signs of change began with the return of J.R. and Zack Ryder. In these two, you have two fan favourites who instantly command crowd appeal. Ryder is by no means as popular as J.R., but there is an instant reaction upon seeing both.
This move was of course sanctioned by Vince McMahon, but it was designed to give Triple H's reign a sense of change. In an instant, the fans are being listened to, and so we look to the new boss for more positive rule.
However, if over time Triple H does acquire legitimate control over the wrestling empire in the north, will he be able to continue what two generations of Vincent McMahons started?
The simple answer for me is no. I do not rate The Game as any skilled creative mind. Case in point is his two supposed proteges—Sheamus and Drew McIntyre. The men supposedly created in his own image, neither Sheamus nor McIntyre have exactly set the wrestling world on fire.
Sheamus was booked to win the championship in a matter of months. Sound familiar? Well, not only that, but he was to win another championship after that. Given that the likes of Piper, Hennig and Vader failed to win even one in their WWE careers, speaks volumes of what has happened to the illustrious gold belt.
And yet for Sheamus, he has gone from World Champion to bit player in a matter of a year.
Where is the consistency?
Drew McIntyre, the sinister Scotsman, has however seemingly disappeared. Supposedly Vince McMahon's chosen one, McIntyre has instead been booked as a moody, grumpy and spoiled character. Sound familiar?
Anyway, the point with McIntyre and Sheamus is that neither have done anything in the last year. Sheamus ought to have been The Game's opponent at WrestleMania XXVII given that he put him out of action for a year. And yet on his return, Sheamus got a hiding and the feud was over. Drew has simply disappeared.
If this is the role of a mentor, then I would not like to be a young superstar.
Triple H has always courted controversy. His role in Montreal, DX and his own backstage politics, creates an image of someone who toes the line in terms of corporate yes-dom. Can he really offer something that is not in his own best interests?
His match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII was indicative of how Triple H, in my opinion, does not respect the business. His desire to face the streak, after being out for over a year, with no reason to challenge the Undertaker, left many fans disappointed. There are countless others who should have been given this illustrious match.
It will take time for Triple H to find his own brand of wrestling. However, given his track record in his career and his role as a mentor, I fear that wrestling will continue to lack the creative spark that it once had.
The lack of competition has made wrestling lazy and predictable. The inability to stop this rot is The Game's first major challenge, something that has existed now for some time.
In the last three WrestleManias, supposedly the greatest wrestling night of the year, only Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker have been able to save the show.
I, for one, would much rather the likes of Roddy Piper, Bret Hart and Jimmy Snuka were more involved, but sometimes you need to play the politics to get ahead.
The cracks in wrestling's great edifice are showing. Is Triple H really the man to bring the required changes to prevent it from collapsing?
Time will tell.
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