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
When Triple H was beginning to gain some serious input behind the scenes, one of the wrestlers he advocated for was Sheamus. Not only did the Irish superstar gain significant steam on the ECW brand but he also was Triple H's workout partner, something that obviously worked into his favor. The friendship between the two men was even further noticed when Triple H personally chose to take on Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVI. While he's had some success as a singles star — Sheamus is a four-time World Champion and Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank, and King of the Ring winner — he's been relegated to the mid card and tag team divisions in recent years. If Triple H ever takes over for Vince McMahon full-time, expect Sheamus to get a push to the top.
14 Suffer — Big Show
Big Show — along with Kane and Mark Henry — have been utilized as monstrous big men for the better part of 15 years. While the latter two have taken a step back in recent years, Big Show continues to work on a near-weekly basis — and with him cutting a ton of weight and looking the best he has in his career, it has added years to his career, not taking any away. But when looking at the current roster, names like Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, and Big Cass all have the size and potential to be the next crop of big men to dominate like Big Show, Kane, and Mark Henry. Vince McMahon is seen as someone who is largely loyal and Big Show is a part of that. But if Triple H were at the helm, he'd look to put youth at the forefront — case in point, NXT — which would send Big Show into retirement.
13 Benefit — Sasha Banks
Even with Vince McMahon in charge, Sasha Banks will continue to be a focal point of the women's division. The three-time RAW Women's Champion is largely considered the best female talent on the roster and her youth only furthers that narrative. Behind the scenes, however, there is a tug-of-war of sorts when trying to determine who should be the number one star of the division. Vince McMahon believes Charlotte Flair should be the face of the women's roster, even choosing her to defeat Sasha Banks in the Hell in a Cell Match in Banks' hometown despite many saying the outcome should have been flip-flopped. Even when all the Four Horsewomen were in NXT together, Banks was always positioned as the star of the foursome. If Triple H is ever officially in charge, don't be surprised if she's the top dog.
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.
Like the current case with Sasha Banks, Flair won't necessarily be buried — but if McMahon ever relinquishes his role, she won't be booked as unstoppable as she currently is.
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.
Don't get me wrong — Vince McMahon loves his big men and Big Cass is someone he would definitely push to the moon. But Triple H, too, has a ton of interest in him, as he had a huge hand in developing him from scratch in NXT. Either way, Big Cass' future is bright — but once Triple H is making the decisions, he'll be a main event player.
10 Suffer — Apollo Crews
Nearly everyone knew that calling Apollo Crews up permanently during the RAW after WrestleMania was the wrong move. Yes, he has the independent credibility and is arguably the most athletic wrestler on the entire WWE roster. The problem is, he failed to develop much of a character in NXT and struggles on the mic, two issues that are hindering his growth on the main roster. While it has been said that some tried to talk him out of it, Vince McMahon saw dollar signs in Crews' look alone, thus making the call to promote him without fully adapting to the WWE style of professional wrestling. He's currently floundering on SmackDown Live, and that's with McMahon's support. If he were no longer in charge, that would hurt Crews even further.
9 Benefit — The Cruiserweights
When the WWE decided to hold the Cruiserweight Classic tournament last summer, Triple H was seen as the man pushing for it to happen. He's had an invested interest in breaking the mold of what a WWE Superstar is supposed to look like and has made an effort in bringing all different types of wrestlers into the fold. Unfortunately, however, the cruiserweight exclusive show 205 Live has yet to fully pick up steam and that could be due to the fact that Vince McMahon isn't heavily invested in the brand. Many fans want to see 205 Live revert back to what made the CWC awesome — fewer storylines, more time spent in the ring. Triple H is someone who caters to what his fans want. Once he's completely running the show, expect 205 Live to take off and the cruiserweight talents to take a step in the right direction.
8 Suffer — Nikki Bella
Before the Divas Revolution took place in the summer of 2015, Nikki Bella was the face of the franchise when it came to the women's roster. Currently positioned as the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history, she was someone who wasn't necessarily the best wrestler but has the look and mass appeal that Vince McMahon loves to have in his talents. With names like Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, and Nia Jax all on the roster, Bella has taken a backseat and hasn't been a member of the SmackDown Women's Championship picture since she returned from injury. It has yet to be confirmed whether or not she'll retiring after WrestleMania 33 — but you can't deny that she'll be put even further on the backburner when Triple H is at the helm.
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.
Vince McMahon has rarely used small wrestlers as his top talents (Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart are rare exceptions). Triple H, meanwhile, knows that size isn't everything. Balor is expected to be a huge star no matter who's calling the shots. But when Triple H is completely in charge, Balor may be the biggest of them all.
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.
But just because Triple H helped shape Orton, doesn't mean he'll help him out once he has the top voice. Triple H is known for figuring youth into his plans, which would put Orton on the outside looking in. With McMahon still there, Orton's place as a top name on SmackDown Live is secure. But when/if that changes, so too may his place on the card.
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.
Unfortunately, Owens' run as champion — which was booked by Vince McMahon — saw him look like a coward more than a badass, something that hurt his run. When/if Triple H takes over, Owens could revert to what made him special on the indie scene, and that's something that will put him in the conversation of top stars in the WWE.
4 Suffer — John Cena
Let's get this out of the way first — John Cena will never be relegated to anything less than the upper mid card and will always be viewed as the top star of the company. But as outside opportunities become more and more available, Cena will continue to fade into the background. Vince McMahon, however, will always put Cena in a top spot — and deservedly so — no matter how long he's away from the ring. While Triple H will surely do the same, he's also focused on building the next generation of WWE superstars. Will Cena have a place in the WWE until the day he dies? Yes, there's no doubt about that. But don't expect him to be like Goldberg and Brock Lesnar and win championships after a multiple-year hiatus when Triple H is running the show.
3 Benefit — Sami Zayn
Before NXT became a hotbed for the latest and greatest independent stars, names like Neville and Chris Hero were taking WWE developmental by storm. One person who stood out above the rest was Sami Zayn, as the former Ring of Honor standout transitioned from a masked character on the indies to a beloved character in Full Sail University. Zayn became a star in NXT and many believed that his success would translate to the main roster — unfortunately, however, that has yet to work out. While he's been booked as an underdog — a role Zayn thrives in — his losses on a consistent basis have hurt his stock. That's because Vince McMahon doesn't believe he's anything more than a secondary player. Triple H, meanwhile, has shown that he believes in Zayn. Once he's in charge, don't be surprised if Zayn wins WWE World Championship gold.
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.
Sure, it's nice to see Lesnar, Goldberg, The Undertaker, The Rock, and other Hall of Famers. But when McMahon is finally done calling the shots, it's easy to believe that part-timers will be done as well.
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.