This past Monday on RAW it was announced that Triple H will finally have a face-to-face confrontation with “The Vigilante” Sting at the Fast Lane pay-per-view, but Sting may not be the only familiar face that Triple H will be confronted by.
Last year leading up to WrestleMania 30, WWE had planned to do a “power struggle” angle between Triple H and Vince McMahon, which would lead to Triple H getting in the ring with McMahon’s hand-picked wrestler — which was going to be “Stone Cold” Steve Austin — with the winner gaining full control of WWE. However, Austin wasn’t interested in returning to the ring, so WWE scrapped the idea, and according to F4WOnline, WWE could be looking to do the exact same storyline going into this year’s WrestleMania 31, with Sting being Vince McMahon’s hand-picked guy.
At this past Sunday’s Royal Rumble event, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had a backstage segment where they were both confused as to how Sting has been able to sneak into two WWE events unnoticed, and it’s expected that Vince McMahon is the man who has been letting Sting into the venues.
It’s expected that WWE will make the WWE Network free for the month of February, hoping to gain a substantial amount of subscribers heading into WrestleMania in March. The last time WWE did a free month, Vince McMahon was heavily involved in the main storyline, and appeared on the free Survivor Series pay-per-view. He very well could do the same at WWE Fast Lane.
McMahon has kept himself off of television due to the fact that he doesn’t like any of his weekly performers to be “old guys,” and at this point there wouldn’t be much of a payoff to McMahon being heavily involved in any WWE storyline due to the fact that he likely cannot wrestle. So, it only makes sense that he would be bringing Sting in to take on Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
When WWE made November free, they wanted to give new subscribers the impression that absolutely anything could happen during one of their pay-per-views, and absolutely anyone could show up. Randy Orton was originally slated to return at Survivor Series in November, but WWE decided to bring Sting in after the made the announcement that the WWE Network would be free in November, thinking that Sting would have more shock-value than Orton. Well, they were right.
It’s likely that Sting will defeat Triple H at WrestleMania, giving Vince McMahon full control of the company, and taking The Authority out of power for the second time in five months. It’s unclear where WWE will go from there in terms of who will be the on-screen authority figure, and it could very well end up being Sting.
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