Needless to say, WWE programming has definitely been better the last few weeks. With the rise of CM Punk, and the increasingly rabid fan base following him, it has made for better television.
Over the last few weeks, I have actually been disappointed when I wasn't able to watch Monday Night Raw. When Triple H returned, you sensed a new conflict starting between him and Vince McMahon. However, something happened that first night that he fired Vince. All of a sudden, Triple H looked weak. The four words that did it were "I love you, Pop."
By saying that, WWE programming lost credibility in the eyes of many viewers. Once the toughest dude in WWE, all of a sudden we are supposed to see Triple H's soft side?
In years past, Triple H bucked all authority and did things his way, much to the delight of DX fans everywhere. However, by uttering those simple words, this is the Triple H we get, and we are supposed to buy in to what his new role is?
As I watched that Raw, I almost felt cheated, as this is a person that is one of the baddest people ever in the ring; to see him on the "verge" of tears was just a horrible way to end the program.
For years, Vince was the authority figure and everyone knew he meant business. Unless he was praising members of the Corporation or the Ministry, you never saw a soft side to him. He would step on wrestlers just to remind them that he was the boss. His battles with Austin, the Rock and Undertaker all leave great memories in our minds because of the role that he played. Never did he say "I love you, Austin" or become emotional with Undertaker when his position was challenged.
All of a sudden, weeks later, we are supposed to believe that Triple H has unlimited power and authority? If that is the case, stop with the humor in the promos.
R-Truth has developed into a nice character, but for Triple H to mock him is more resembling of his DX days than that of a Chief Operating Officer, the role he is supposed to be playing. Am I supposed to take him seriously when the goal is to try and get a laugh out of the live audience? Are you building a storyline or are you just exchanging jokes back and forth?
I am concerned that Triple H will be in the spotlight too much over the next few months. Vince knew when to be on camera and the timing of it. Triple H seemed to be littered throughout the entire show. Creative will probably say that it is so he can establish his "authority" over the entire show.
Is it that, or does he just love being on television so much that he wants to be in as many story lines as possible?
It is obvious that they are trying to recreate Austin-McMahon with Punk-Helmsley, but the problem with that is so many people still love Triple H. He still gets a massive pop when he walks out, and when you combine that with Punk's approval, you get two fan favorites in the ring. Is it possible to draw heat when the fans love both characters?
For him to be in this role, Triple H needs to channel his "inner Vince" and start affecting the wrestlers and their fans. This has the ability to be a great few months of programming, but Triple H must change his role in order for it to be successful.