We all know it. We all feel the same way. You can’t deny it. Ever since Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, became a legit front office person in the WWE, every wrestler fan has been wondering, not if, but when Hunter would take over the company. In my opinion, the time is now!
The King of Kings is a 14-time world champion. His name is known around the world. Sometimes, he has been at the center of major controversy in professional wrestling, notably the Montreal Screw Job involving the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and Bret The Hitman Hart or, more recently, his involvement in the departure of CM Punk. But there is something special about The Game, and it’s not just a cool slogan or catchphrase – he is The Game.
Hunter has been a student of professional wrestling for years, from learning from the greats like Killer Kowalski and Nature Boy Ric Flair to his in-ring accomplishments. But, it’s his behind the scenes work and his corporate role that has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years.
When Florida Championship Wrestling was rebranded as NXT, Hunter was given the brand as his pet project.
Since Hunter has been involved, NXT has flourished. He has developed some of the greatest in-ring talents WWE has to offer, guys like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Big E, Xavier Woods, Bray Wyatt, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Alexa Bless. He has also signed some of the greatest professional wrestlers on the independent scene, like Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and found them a home under the WWE umbrella.
The production of NXT is top notch. The NXT Takeover specials on the WWE Network are must see. I cannot think of a TakeOver that hasn’t been phenomenal. The talent on NXT sometimes put on better matches on their Takeover shows than the main roster does on their pay per views, and all of the credit goes to Triple H.
Vince McMahon has been the king of sports entertainment for many, many years. But sometimes when you are the king, you lose sight of what the fans really want. In today’s WWE, I believe Vince is still pushing his “characters’ first” agenda instead of letting the wrestlers get over on the in-ring talent. Look at Ring of Honor and New Japan Wrestling. Yes, they cut promos, but their work inside the squared circle is top notch. I dare say that some of the ROH and New Japan shows have been better than the main roster WWE shows. NXT is the one that has been able to compete with their rival promotions in terms of match quality.
Now, 205 Live has been given to Hunter to fix. The last few weeks of 205 Live have been good. It looks like Hunter is going back to the formula he used for the Cruiserweight Classic by letting the talent get over with the crowd based on their in-ring performance. If Hunter can succeed a second time with 205 Live, there may be calls from investors and shareholders to have Triple H take over the creative side of the WWE.
With Vince McMahon shifting his focus to relaunching the XFL, now would be the opportune time to transition creative control and decision making to Paul Levesque.
The Cerebral Assassin is ready to take over the WWE and the wrestling world. All he needs is to be given the crown to wear.
Vince, as a fan of professional wrestling since I was a kid, I want to thank you for everything you have done to make this business what it is today. But now, it’s time to step aside and allow Hunter to take over and bring the WWE further into the 21st Century.
Under Hunter’s leadership, I fully believe you will see a change in direction for the company. This change will be extremely positive and should make fans, as well as the talent and shareholders, very happy. And when the time comes, sit back and enjoy the ride. Or, better yet, sit back and enjoy THE GAME!