COMMENTARY | Triple H wants your help booking shows.
That’s the news reported originally by WrestleZone on September 29. According to insiders with the company who were not named, Triple H is looking at ways he can incorporate suggestions from the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) into the WWE product.
This is essentially an anti-Vince McMahon approach, and it’s exactly what the company needs at this time.
“Apparently that’s where the ‘Dolphins1925’ user originated, and it looks like the site has a new insider on there — a former employee of the WWE who has been telling loads of stories about Vince, Kevin Dunn, and other backstage on-goings and entities,” Paglino wrote.
Triple H also plans to launch an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the main site in the near future.
This makes a lot of sense from both a creative and business perspective. One of the ways that the WWE product has gotten off track is that it’s brought in a lot of writers and people who know very little about the business.
Even worse, a lot of the new talent is forced to take their cues entirely from lengthy scripts and the suffocating control of Vince McMahon.
It’s difficult to find the next breakout star because a breakout star, by definition, “breaks out” from expectations and owns his character. WWE is too busy these days trying to “make stars,” and that’s next to impossible when your audience knows all of your “inside baseball” tricks.
Back in the days of the territories, guys were forced to elevate their game. That’s what gave us “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Sting and Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
Many times, wrestlers only knew the endings of their matches before they actually stepped in the ring. It was up to them to tell the story, choreograph the bumps, and, if necessary, change their game plans depending on how fans were reacting that night.
Essentially, they got a chance every night (at house shows) to work on their material the way comedians would, so they could bring something fresh and original to the scene when they were placed on the grand stage.
By taking more cues from the IWC, Triple H is acknowledging the hardcore fans, who are knowledgeable about the product and who have some really great ideas even if they’re not sure how to format a wrestling script.
They’re also not the Yes Men that reportedly surround Vince McMahon. They don’t have to answer to “the Boss,” so it’s really one of the best places to get constructive criticism (even if it is, at times, profanity-laced).
Creatively, it could be a boost to the product, and business-wise, it could mean getting rid of a lot of the dead weight on the much-maligned creative team while rallying an enthusiastic fan base.
The Game has proven himself a winner with NXT. Only time will tell if he gets the opportunity to do so with WWE.
The most refreshing thing: Triple H actually thinks he needs the fans. As a fan and subscriber to the WWE Network, I know we need him now more than ever.