When Vince McMahon eventually steps down as the head of the WWE, it's all but guaranteed that Triple H will take the reigns as lead booker.
Yes, Triple H has learned everything about the behind the scenes aspect of the wrestling industry from his father in law. But the two have opinions on opposite ends of the spectrum.
When looking at McMahon's ideal wrestler, he wants someone with a great physique and mic skills — wrestling ability comes second, as long as you can sell yourself and look the part in the eyes of the media.
Triple H, meanwhile, knows that the industry is heading in a more realistic direction — body types and look aren't as important as what you can do inside of the ring. While promo skills are still a huge part of the equation, it seems as though talent is the number one aspect of a star.
The power struggle in WWE is apparent, when you see the constant sea-saw affair in Triple H bringing up new stars from NXT, only to see many of them completely squandered once they're on the main roster.
There will be wrestlers who will benefit from McMahon leaving, while others will suffer. But who will it be? Let's take a look.
15 Benefit — Sheamus
14 Suffer — Big Show
13 Benefit — Sasha Banks
12 Suffer — Charlotte Flair
Speaking of Charlotte Flair, it's quite obvious that she is the number one women's wrestler on the roster — RAW, SmackDown Live, and NXT all included. While many have questioned her title reigns, the daughter of Ric Flair is a five-time Women's Champion and never lost in a one-on-one pay-per-view match until February 2017 at Fastlane, where she was unsuccessful in regaining her belt from Bayley. Either way, Flair is portrayed as a cut above the rest and that's because Vince McMahon has fully invested in her character. Her lineage, athleticism, improving promos, and in-ring ability all work in her favor and McMahon has had zero problems in making her a star.
11 Benefit — Big Cass
When Big Cass and Enzo Amore finally received the promotion from NXT to the WWE, their popularity was primed to catch fire on the main stage. The duo is still doing well for themselves — in fact, many believe they'll leave WrestleMania 33 with the RAW Tag Team Championships. But if one thing is for sure, it's that Big Cass will have a much brighter future than Enzo. Whether it's in backstage promos or receiving hot tags, Big Cass is always the one winning matches while Enzo is on the losing end.
10 Suffer — Apollo Crews
9 Benefit — The Cruiserweights
8 Suffer — Nikki Bella
7 Benefit — Finn Balor
From the time Finn Balor was brought over from Japan to NXT up until he had to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship due to injury, he's been positioned as one of the brightest new stars in the company. Why, you ask? Triple H — who orchestrated the acquisition — sees money in The Demon and believes he can be one of the top faces of the entire company. It's hard to say he's wrong — Balor was NXT's flag-bearer as it transitioned to its most popular period and was met with tremendous fanfare in his brief stint on Monday Night RAW.
6 Suffer — Randy Orton
From the time Randy Orton debuted in the WWE in 2002 up until when he won the Royal Rumble in 2017 and was granted a WWE World Championship match at WrestleMania 33, he was always destined for greatness. Someone with a great look, in-ring ability, and heritage was bound to catch the eye of Vince McMahon, who immediately decided that Orton would be one of the top stars of his brand. Triple H, too, found interest in Orton, as he was put in the Evolution stable to help learn from two greats in the wrestling industry.
5 Benefit — Kevin Owens
When Triple H brought Finn Balor into NXT, he wasn't the only talented superstar that was signed. During that spree of bringing in top independent stars, Kevin Owens was a part of the list and ran roughshod in his six-month stint in the developmental territory. His debut on the main roster couldn't have gone any better as he challenged and eventually beat down John Cena, en route to an Intercontinental Championship reign. His main roster stint was capped off when he captured the WWE Universal Championship — with the help of Triple H. While that was a storyline aspect of wrestling, there's no doubt that Triple H believes Owens could be a top-level heel.
4 Suffer — John Cena
3 Benefit — Sami Zayn
2 Suffer — Part-Timers
Vince McMahon has had a hard time building stars ever since the John Cena/Batista/Randy Orton era. Because of this, he's relied heavily on part-time stars to carry the load, oftentimes burying current talents just to keep the older generation strong. With Goldberg and Brock Lesnar set to main event WrestleMania, many fans have reached their breaking point of part-time stars. While Triple H is guilty of this as well — after all, he still wrestles at each 'Mania — he's someone who has kept the youth in the front of his mind.
1 Benefit — Cesaro
In the now infamous Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network, Steve Austin specifically asked Vince McMahon why someone like Cesaro isn't being pushed, which prompted McMahon to say that the young wrestlers on the roster fail to reach for the "brass ring." When asking members of the WWE Universe, Cesaro is critically acclaimed as a beloved figure of the roster, one that has the wrestling ability to carry the WWE for years to come. While McMahon isn't fond of Cesaro due to his accent and poor mic skills, Triple H is someone who has had Cesaro's back and believes he could be a top player for the next decade. As it stands, Cesaro will be relegated to the mid card and tag team divisions.
If Triple H does indeed take the reigns as the head of the WWE, don't be surprised if Cesaro benefits the most.
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