Triple H Corrects Vince McMahon’s WWE Creative Wrongs

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Triple H immediately put his stamp on WWE by righting a number of perceived wrongs by Vince McMahon – primarily with his former NXT stars.

The biggest of these so far was Karrion Kross’ surprise return to “Friday Night SmackDown” last week. Kross was flanked by his wife Scarlett and was immediately thrust into the main event image. If there was a multiverse of WWE like in Marvel, it would be the Earth 1218 version where McMahon, now retired, didn’t make his solo debut with Kross, had him work with Jeff Hardy, l ‘disguised as an S&M gladiator and finally set him free. McMahon had become notorious for miscasting and underutilizing a number of Triple H’s former NXT stars on the main roster.

Under Triple H’s direction as Chief Creative Officer, Kross – a former NXT Champion – knocked out No. 1 contender Drew McIntyre and Scarlett placed the hourglass in the ring to warn the undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. It’s Kross as it should be, as Triple H presented him in NXT – quickly undoing the damage done by McMahon. The return of Kross and Dexter Lumis (which came out in April) appearing on “Monday Night Raw” this week also adds that element of anticipation of who will return next. Preferably Bray Wyatt and Johnny Gargano, if WWE really wants to make a splash.

Triple H also lost little time in organizing the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament after months of silence under McMahon following the suspension of Sasha Banks and Naomi. Obviously, bringing back the former champions would be a big moment for Triple H. He could right another one of McMahon’s wrongs by doing that and having more talent and meaningful storylines dedicated to the division. There’s no reason Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jane can’t be called up soon – with Mandy Rose too. Teaming up with Iyo Sky with Dakota Kai and Alexa Bliss with Asuka will add star power and immediate storyline to the women’s tag team scene.

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The Women’s Division as a whole seems to be getting some extra attention from Triple H. The majority of the SmackDown women’s roster was in a gauntlet match to decide the next challenger to champion Liv Morgan. The game itself was well booked. Sonya Deville scored her first TV pin since May 2020 and Raquel Rodriguez knocked out three haters before finally getting pinned by Shayna Baszler.

It’s also time for Baszler – a former NXT Women’s Champion – to be touted as a badass and get a one-on-one title match. Her only was against fanless Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 36. She’ll likely team up with her real-life friend Ronda Rousey to complete the former UFC champion’s heel turn as an intimidating duo.

On Raw, Ciampa finally has time to shine. The former NXT Champion (we’re seeing a trend here) boasts some impressive promotions and had a quality pay-per-view match with Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship on Monday. WWE even incorporated Ciampa’s real-life connection to the legendary Harley Race – America’s first-ever champion – to add deeper meaning to the contest. This should give fans hope for some long overdue pushes for a Finn Balor or what looks like a reinvigorated Kevin Owens.

There have also been more subtle improvements. These include committing to longer matches, reconnecting with wrestling history, storylines that unfold over an entire show, a few cliffhangers, and putting your best wrestlers in the ring on TV (see Mustafa Ali and Ricochet) instead of leaving them in the restoration or having short matches. Talent is now allowed to say things like “wrestler” instead of “sports artist” and “hospital” instead of “local medical facility”, which has always made WWE feel like it’s operating in its own universe.

Vince McMahon addressed the crowd at WrestleMania 38

Also imagine having something booked or looked forward to on Raw and SmackDown more than a few hours before the show. This Monday, we knew that the women’s tag team title tournament was starting and Ciampa was going to face Lashley. Later this week, SmackDown fans know they’ll hear from Riddle, have another Women’s Tournament match, and see the Intercontinental title defended. It’s important to promote the shows and create greater storyline continuity that was missing at the end of McMahon’s run.

There’s definitely more for Triple H to do. He needs to bring in more teams and restore prestige to the men’s tag team division, restore meaning to Survivor Series, give wrestlers their first names back, and maybe sign a big agent. free when the time comes.

But the King of Kings wasted no time trying to show people that it’s not business as usual in WWE anymore by relying more on his former NXT stars and righting some of the wrongs. of McMahon in the process.

Positive steps

Hopefully last Wednesday was the first step towards progress in the AEW Women’s Division. The day began with the company announcing that it had added veteran Madison Rayne as a coach and included a women’s match before its usual 9:30 p.m. timeslot on “Dynamite.” The tag team match between the teams of Britt Baker-Jamie Hayter and Toni Storm-Thunder Rosa really gave time and the foursome delivered and drew the crowd. It also furthered Rosa’s story by defending the AEW Women’s Championship in a hard-hitting match against Hayter at Battle of the Belts III.

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Also, Rosa props leaning into the “sandbagging” allegations against her which Baker brought into the feud by wearing a shirt that read “Sandbagging since 1994”. It all seemed like a deeper, more thoughtful presentation than what we’ve seen in the past. Rayne coming to work with an Impact women’s division that has been well booked in recent years will help. She will also face TBS Champion Jade Cargill this Wednesday on Dynamite. Having Cargill work with veterans like Rayne is always good for its development. Keep it all coming AEW.

More friends

We’ve all seen the Undisputed Elite breakup happen, mostly in subtle ways on AEW TV and “Being The Elite”, it still felt a bit sudden for Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly to come back and turn on immediately The Young Bucks. Maybe Cole was trying to jump through the process before Nick and Matt Jackson turned on him like they did in previous ventures and inevitably reconciled with “Hangman” Adam Page for the next title tournament. threesomes. Regardless of how we got there, it’s nice to have the Elite seemingly back together and a much-needed wide angle starting for AEW.

The count of 10

WWE better have a trick up their sleeve to bring the public back behind Liv Morgan after her SummerSlam victory over Ronda Rousey despite the tapping. The SmackDown crowd hinted at their Women’s Champion with boos last Friday and her response and sweet explanations didn’t help. If the crowd isn’t cooperating, does that now impact the necessary heel turn you’re attempting for Rousey? This should be a big concern.

At some point yet soon, Tony Khan needs bigger storylines for a chapter to play on Rampage, which has become more of a cool match show. Even if it’s your C and D level story. While Mance Warner vs. Jon Moxley this week was great, just a little building would have gone a long way.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Tournament Prediction: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai vs. Raquel Gonzalez & Aliyah. Sasha Banks and Naomi return to face the winners.

More than a few people, myself included, were hesitant about AEW adding the All-Atlantic Championship. But I have to admit that having PAC championing it in different countries – three matches in the UK in July – is a really good way to make it different and increase the reach of AEW.

Perhaps Sami Zayn’s deteriorating relationship with The Bloodline leads him and Kevin Owens to strip the Usos Tag Team Titles at some point. It’s either that or a 24/7 title storyline or him costing them the titles and now they can’t have gold together.

IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White, who is so far undefeated in the G1 Climax, has had many watching his post-match promotions.

If you were hoping to see Solo Sikoa called up to the main roster soon and join the Bloodline, his victory in a falls match against Von Wagner likely means he’s staying in NXT a bit longer. The same can be said for new Women’s Tag Team Champions Katana Chance and Kayden Carter.

Super intrigued by the official announcement of AEW’s video game, AEW: Fight Forever. The game features Casino Battle Royale, Explosive Barbed Wire Deathmatch and Unsanctioned Extinct matches along with your standard match types. It will also have minigames that look like something out of Mario Party. No release date has been given, but it really does feel like Kenny Omega is giving us a very different kind of wrestling game.

There’s a bit of a cool Chyna vibe to Rhea Ripley as she became Damian Priest and Finn Balor’s heater and enforcer in his relentless desire to beat Dominik Mysterio.

Pat McAfee with a telestrator and throwing footballs into the crowd seems like a no-brainer and so much fun.

Bonus: Congratulations to Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti on their wedding and to Shawn Spears and Cassie Lee on their pregnancy announcement.

wrestler of the week

Ciampa, WWE

Yes, he lost his United States Championship match to Bobby Lashley on Monday, but few people’s stock in WWE has grown more lately. The former NXT champion, who got to wear mentor Harley Race’s robe to the ring after a well-delivered and emotional promo, was allowed to push The All Mighty to his limits in what was arguably the best match of the night. . All of this continued to add to Ciampa’s credibility and made him feel like a threat to anyone.

Honorable mention: Konosuke Takeshita, AEW

John Moxley

Match to watch

Jon Moxley (c) vs. Chris Jericho, AEW Interim World Championship, AEW Dynamite (8 p.m., Wednesday, TBS)

This is the AEW World Championship rematch from the clash at Revolution in February 2020 when Moxley defeated Jericho for the belt just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Moxley requested “The Lionheart” Chris Jericho back in WCW days for this match, so it will be interesting to see how this story is told. And while that whole Dynamite card is stacked, this match, how it ends, and if anything happens after that should give us some idea of ​​CM Punk’s status for All Out. If Moxley wins outright, with no reason for Jericho to come back and ask for another match, then you’ll have to think Punk will be ready for Chicago – or Tony Khan has another surprise up his sleeve.

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