Chances are, as the WWE continues to slowly transition power from Vince McMahon to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, we’ll continue to read more and more about how The Chairman and The Game don’t see eye-to-eye on a certain angle or WWE superstar. Vince will have final say until his final days running the company, but Triple H’s influence has already reverberated throughout the locker room.
The succession plan has been in place for some time now, but the return of Shane McMahon apparently has Stephanie and Triple H questioning Vince’s intentions. There has been backstage friction between Vince’s heirs lately, and Mr. McMahon is eating it up, hoping he can bring some of that real-life heat to WWE television.
In the meantime, one of Triple H’s major responsibilities has been to recommend to Vince who he believes is ready for a main-roster promotion from NXT. Earlier this year, the reaction to some of the rookies was not all that positive, as Vince had quickly soured on the likes of Apollo Crews, The Vaudevillains, Tyler Breeze, and even Enzo & Cass to some extent. And at one point, Sasha Banks was viewed as a reckless worker, destined for unnecessary injuries, and thus in Vince’s mind, unreliable.
Clearly, a lot of things have changed since those initial impressions. Crews has an Intercontinental Championship match against The Miz at SummerSlam. Breeze and his new tag team partner, Fandango, may be in line for a more serious repackaging to be followed by a push. Enzo & Big Cass might be the most popular team in the whole company as they prepare for a big match against Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. And Sasha has already captured the WWE Women’s Championship, set to defend it next week on the pay-per-view stage against Charlotte.
It would seem that Vince and Triple H are back on the same page in regards to those talents. We had reported back at the end of May that Triple H had an overall blueprint for NXT call-ups that required the WWE writing team to plot out six months worth of creative before they even made their main-roster debut. He didn’t want call-ups to be wasted and in turn, potentially devalue the NXT brand, and fortunately, Crews and Breeze are getting second chances.
However, there is another recent call-up that has Vince McMahon and Triple H on opposite sides of the fence again. According to Daily Wrestling News, Vince is questioning the call-up of Dana Brooke and has wondered aloud to Triple H why she is on the main roster. This has been magnified during recent one-on-one matches with Sasha Banks where several routine spots have been botched, marring the matches.
Vince questioned Triple H why she is on the main roster if she can’t adequately complete one five-minute match. However, many WWE officials have praised her work ethic, her look and her desire to become better. It remains to be seen if those qualities help her stay in the big leagues. It had been reported that at the time of her alignment with Charlotte, expectations were it would eventually lead to a feud between the two once the program with Sasha reached its conclusion. That appears to be in jeopardy now.
Brooke, whose loss to Sasha this past week on RAW bans her from ringside for the WWE Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam, actually responded to a fan on Twitter when they brought up the fact that Vince may have been souring on her, saying “I love rumors! make me laugh so hard! People are always gunna talk.” In her case, she better hope that Triple H is still in her corner because they can only cover up her mistakes in the ring before long. Though it looks like the leash may be a little longer on Smackdown where the majority of the women’s division is inexperienced. Perhaps a move to Tuesday nights would provide a little more wiggle room.
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