There is an obvious difference in philosophy and approach to the wrestling business between Vince McMahon and Triple H. McMahon is still the person running WWE and making the important decisions for the product we witness on television. Triple H seems to have new ideas as seen in his presentation of the product in NXT along with taking a chance on various incredible talents that would have never been signed years ago. Both men work together and have a seemingly good relationship, but they clearly have separate concepts of what the wrestling business should be today.
Recent years have seen quite a few disagreements between two sides ranging from who should be pushed to how certain wrestlers coming up from NXT should be used. The releases to go down in recent memory since Triple H started to gain power as an executive and the unofficial successor to McMahon have been interesting. A few people that Triple H believed in were released due to Vince not thinking they were working on the main roster nor did they have the potential to be stars. Other firings have been a mutual decision supported by both sides. We'll look at each with ten Vince McMahon firings that upset Triple H and five that they agreed on.
15 Disagreed: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre returned to WWE in April after a three year absence. The beginning of McIntyre’s career in WWE saw him get the nickname of the “Chosen One.” WWE loved the potential and look of McIntyre. The hope was that he would become a main event star. Vince McMahon even went out of his way to endorse McIntyre on SmackDown but he ended up flopping.
14 Disagreed: Jim Ross
Vince McMahon’s weird dislike for Jim Ross has seen the legendary broadcaster get fired numerous times from WWE. The most recent falling out between the two came when Ross was hosting a question and answer session for one of the WWE 2K games. Ric Flair had a few too many drinks and started going off the rails taking over the show. Ross was unable to contain Flair and McMahon fired him for it.
13 Agreed: Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan may have burned his final bridge with WWE when he became the center of controversy back in 2015. The leaking of an old adult tape saw him unleash a racist tirade that painted him in a horrible light. WWE hoped the run of that time would have seen Hogan work with them for the rest of his life as a spokesperson and ambassador.
12 Disagreed: Emma
The release of Emma back in 2014 is still among the most bizarre stories in recent WWE memory. WWE announced they were releasing Emma after she was arrested with the accusations of trying to shoplift an Ipad Mini case. Hours after the release, Emma would be reinstated after the company looked into the situation and apparently found out new information.
11 Disagreed: John Morrison
John Morrison and WWE came to terms of his time in the company ending when his contract expired. The WWE career of Morrison always saw him on the verge of breaking out into the main event picture but always falling just short. Vince McMahon was reportedly the main person that refused to buy Morrison as a top star and always felt he was best served in the mid-card picture.
10 Agreed: Alex Riley
Alex Riley is one of the few wrestlers to flop badly working for both Vince McMahon and Triple H. WWE gave Riley a huge push on the main roster turning on The Miz with the hopes of moving up the ladder to become a top face. Riley had horrible matches with embarrassing botches and just never felt like he was ready for the big stage leading to his demise.
9 Disagreed: Jack Swagger
The lack of personality doomed Jack Swagger’s chance of succeeding in WWE. Vince McMahon was actually his biggest supporter early on and the main reason why Swagger won the World Championship at a young age. Following his opportunities flopping, Swagger became an afterthought on the main roster for the final few years of his stint in WWE before getting his release granted.
8 Disagreed: Austin Aries
The release of Austin Aries was granted by WWE, but Triple H clearly couldn’t be happy about it. Triple H is the one that signed Aries to be a major player for NXT. Aries was called up to be a part of the Cruiserweight Division. 205 Live is reportedly Vince McMahon’s pet project and it is tanking horribly. Aries was not happy being pigeonholed in the division and making less money than expected given the inconsistent road schedule for the Cruiserweights.
7 Agreed: Evan Bourne
WWE viewed Evan Bourne aka Matt Sydal as their next big underdog star not too long ago. Bourne had a few standout spotlight moves in random matches before reaching success in a tag team with Kofi Kingston. Unfortunately, Bourne violated the WWE Wellness Policy for using artificial marijuana. The same drug would see Bourne get suspended a second time right after to give him a negative reputation.
6 Disagreed: Adam Rose
Adam Rose is one of the stories of a wrestler thriving in NXT and failing miserably on the main roster. The character of Rose showcased how different of an atmosphere NXT is to Raw and SmackDown. Fans gave the wacky gimmick a chance and ended up loving it. Rose evolved into one of the most beloved wrestlers in NXT leading to his call-up.
5 Disagreed: Gail Kim
The Women’s Revolution in WWE of treating the female athletes with credibility was something inspired by Triple H. Unlike Vince McMahon, Triple H apparently always saw the value in the better women’s wrestlers. Gail Kim shared a story about Triple H pulling her aside once and telling her how good she was and not to let the bad booking of WWE bring her down.
4 Agreed: Ryback
Ryback has turned into one of the biggest disasters in wrestling. WWE tried to give him everything by pushing him as an undefeated Superstar destroying the roster for many months. Ryback never could get over the hump to become a main eventer due to his below average in-ring skills and poor attitude. The downfall of Ryback saw him unleash about WWE treating the wrestlers poorly.
3 Disagreed: Billy Gunn
Billy Gunn and Triple H have had an on and off relationship through the years. Following their time in D-Generation X, Gunn would struggle before getting released by WWE the first time. Gunn trashed Triple H in interviews for years until making peace. Triple H got him a job in WWE as a trainer in the Performance Center helping improve the skills of the aspiring wrestlers.
2 Disagreed: Wade Barrett
Triple H was reportedly the biggest supporter of Wade Barrett during his run as the Bad News Barrett character. There were a handful of times when Triple H would go out of his way to drop the “bad news” line in various promos at the time. Barrett did not have much of a chance to stand out following the original flop as a member of Nexus.
1 Agreed: Alberto Del Rio
One wrestler that Vince McMahon and Triple H used to disagree about was Alberto Del Rio. The Mexican wrestling legend joined WWE with a massive push. McMahon absolutely loved him and supported Del Rio as a top star for many years. Triple H was always his biggest critic leading Alberto throwing shade at him through the years.
Things however ended poorly for Del Rio with both men last year. Alberto’s controversial relationship with Paige along and his violating of the Wellness Policy led to the company completely souring on him. Del Rio requested his release and WWE agreed to fire him. Triple H wanted Alberto out for a long time. McMahon finally agreed with him and now Del Rio is blacklisted from the company going forward.
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