This article I just finished reading outlines Triple H’s vision for the WWE once he’s in control of the company.
To summarize the article in one sentance, he would bring the WWE back to its pre-Hogan Era roots. As a recap, here are the four big changes he outlined in his Podcast with Stone Cold a few weeks ago:
- Make Raw two hours again.
- Give the Divas more time in the ring.
- Develop stories more slowly and over a longer period of time.
- Allow promos to be less scripted.
The last three will be welcome changes by superstars and fans alike. USA Network requested RAW be three hours long after RAW’s 1000th episode was a 3-hour special. If they want to cut it back to two, Trips will have to take it up with USA Network.
I think the 3-hour block can be made to work with some tweaking here and there. Trips did say he would like multiple storylines for the Divas division going on at the same time so they could use the extra hour to make this work.
One thing those who only know Trips in Kayfabe need to be mindful of is while yes he is the Heir to the WWE, he has over 20 years in-ring experience. He has firsthand experience of what it takes to be successful in the WWE. Even better: He’s thinking of the future.
The same can be said for Vince McMahon. The Principle Owner of the WWE led the company through the Monday Night Wars, steroid scandals and lawsuits that probably would’ve sent the Koch Brothers packing. To say Vince knows the ins and outs of the business side of the WWE would be a fucking understatement.
That said, it’s no secret fans and superstars alike are ready for a drastic change. Vince stepping out of the spotlight a few years ago and Triple H stepping into the spotlight in a suit isn’t a ploy. Vince is giving his son-in-law space to establish himself as the new face of power in the WWE.
In short: The Authority. Stephanie McMahon (she didn’t change her last name when she got married) has played a heel in most of her on-screen appearances and Trips has lots of experience as both a face and a heel.
Right now it’s just a matter of waiting for Vince to step away from the WWE entirely though if Triple H suddenly being so open about his vision for the company is an indicator, that day might not be too far off. Fans and superstars alike have nothing but respect for all Vince has done for Sports Entertainment over the last 25 years. That said, Triple H has already given fans a taste of what’s to come with NXT. Imagine that but with the main roster.
I’m hoping that with the new leadership, Triple H will reach out to fan-favorite former superstars and personalities. A few names that come to mind include:
- Jim Ross
- Alberto Del Rio*
- Ricardo Rodriguez
- CM Punk
- Kurt Angle*
- Shelton Benjamin
- Matt Hardy*
- Justin Gabriel*
- Ezekiel Jackson*
- John Laurenatis
- Theodore Long
- Vickie Guerreo
* Denotes they are with TNA now
Jim Ross is an obvious choice. He was the voice of WWE during the Attitude Era and much of the early 2000s. After all he did for the company–and he was a company guy–he was forced out by Vince. He now does commentary for NJW. This is speculation on my part but I think if Triple H offered him his old job back, he’d take it.
The TNA guys…I think they’d bring some folks with them. It would be like what happened during the Monday Night Wars only you’d have TNA guys going to the WWE. The only former WWE superstar I can see who might might need some convincing to “come back” is Kurt Angle and that’s assuming he’s still got it.
Laurenatis, Teddy Long and Vickie should be brought back as personalities but less gimmicky. Vince loved goofy gimmicks and just overdid it with Vickie especially. That remind me: Lauranatis was the one who made the catchphrase “What’s best for business” mainstream. He, along with Teddie Long sold unification of the RAW and Smackdown Rosters well (after being split for almost 10 years) and they didn’t get enough credit for that.
Ricardo actually still works for WWE as a Spanish Commentator at PPV events. I’d like to see him working with ADR again. It looked like he was getting a nice push before ADR was fired. Triple H hinted he would welcome CM Punk back so…yeah. It’s just a matter of when.
It also works to WWE’s advantage Punk’s fiance AJ Lee decided to stay with the company after he left. This despite what can be viewed as a knee-jerk reaction to Punk’s departure whan Paige randomly took the title from her the RAW after Wrestlemania last year.
Kharma might be the hardest one to track down. She left WWE while on Maternity Leave at the beginnig of a planned feud with The Bella Twins. She was also the last Diva to compete in the Royal Rumble at her peak. She was a monster heel during her tenure and showed in the 2012 Royal Rumble, she could hold her own against her male superstar counterparts. The same can also be said about Tamina Snuka (daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka). She’s lost alot of weight but has been keeping herself in shape. Some time in NXT could help with the ring rust.
…Anywho yeah if you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited for what Triple H has in store for the WWE when he takes over. For those who’ve been wanting change, just be patient!