One of the most important changes in wrestling history will take place when Triple H eventually replaces Vince McMahon as the person running WWE. Along with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H will be responsible for the major decisions that shape the future of the company. Vince is 72 years old and he has to let go of the spot sooner or later. Many fans are excited about the potential of change when Triple H has power of the on-screen product. Triple H has proven to be on the pulse with the NXT product providing some of the best content in WWE history.
The majority of wrestlers on the main roster have come up through NXT. Triple H has shown his support backstage for many of the stars we see on television. However, Vince is still the one making the big decisions that give us the final product on Raw and SmackDown. We'll take a look at just who exactly would benefit and who would suffer from the change of Triple H getting control of the company. Drastic changes would definitely take place with these names seeing new career paths. Triple H is bound to takeover WWE sooner or later. Here are eight wrestlers who will benefit from Triple H taking over and seven that will get buried.
15 Benefit: Kevin Owens
The Kevin Owens Show DVD showcased the relationship between Triple H and Owens. Following his Performance Center tryout, Owens stated that the decision came down to Triple H offering him a job with WWE. Triple H revealed that William Regal attended a PWG show with Owens on the card specifically to scout him on behalf of The Game.
14 Buried: Jinder Mahal
One of the very few new top stars in WWE to make it without a strong run in NXT is Jinder Mahal. The current WWE Champion is on top thanks to Vince McMahon being his biggest supporter. McMahon was impressed with the physique of Jinder after signing him primarily to play an enhancement talent similar to Curt Hawkins and Mike Kanellis.
13 Benefit: Bray Wyatt
The booking of Bray Wyatt may very well be the most disappointing thing in WWE over the past few years. Every Wyatt feud is the same. He'll start targeting one of the top faces, deliver cryptic messages in promos with no real rational and then lose every major match. It is hard to remember that Bray won the WWE Championship earlier this year and had a high profile WrestleMania match.
12 Buried: Zack Ryder
Zack Ryder has had a few stints with popularity by rallying the fans behind him as an underdog story. The best point of Ryder’s career came when his vlog series became popular online leading to everyone chanting “We Want Ryder” at shows. At one point, Triple H made a peculiar decision to come to the ring and Pedigee Ryder for no reason at all. Both men were faces making it even more shocking unless Triple H just wanted to bury him.
11 Benefit: Sasha Banks
The main roster run of Sasha Banks has seen her become one of the most popular women’s wrestlers of all time and a four-time Raw Women’s Championship, but it still feels disappointing. Banks played an incredible heel character in NXT and had some of the best women’s matches in WWE history. Things have been different on the main roster as she struggles to stay on top.
10 Buried: Lana
One women’s wrestler that likely won’t see much ring time when Triple H gets power is Lana. The work of Lana is a manager appears to be her strong suit thanks to her past success with Rusev and current project with Tamina. Lana wants to wrestle and Vince McMahon wants her to progress enough to be featured strongly in the Women’s Division.
9 Benefit: Mauro Ranallo
The signing of Mauro Ranallo was influenced by Triple H wanting to add a different style of commentator to WWE. Ranallo joining the SmackDown broadcasting team was meant to provide a different dynamic to the show. The bullying of JBL and the overall atmosphere on the main roster led to Mauro choosing to leave the job for the betterment of his mental health.
8 Buried: Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin was once viewed as one of Triple H’s top prospects as the biggest former NFL player to thrive in NXT. The Money in the Bank briefcase win for Corbin saw the support of both Triple H and Vince McMahon as he appeared bound for a World Title run. Corbin getting into a backstage argument insulting Doctor Joseph Maroon in front of the locker room ended that.
7 Benefit: Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn may be the most successful NXT star to do very little of note on the main roster. The in-ring work of Zayn is still among the best in the world leading to classic matches with Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Braun Strowman during his WWE tenure. Unfortunately, there are little plans for him in the short term as he is doing absolutely nothing right now under the watch of Vince McMahon.
6 Buried: Dolph Ziggler
The WWE career of Dolph Ziggler appears to be at the end of the road. Ziggler is currently working a terrible gimmick imitating the entrances of legendary wrestlers. It is rather depressing given many fans and pundits thought Dolph would be at the top of WWE by now. One of the people that reportedly didn’t believe in Ziggler’s talents was Triple H.
5 Benefit: Asuka
The call-up of Asuka has the potential to shake up the Raw Women’s Division. Asuka still has yet to be undefeated in WWE as she went undefeated during the entirety of her two year run in NXT. Triple H ensured she had the undefeated streak intact as she makes her way to the main roster. Vince McMahon has never been the best at utilizing foreign talents making it tricky to predict how things will go for her.
4 Buried: Brock Lesnar
The attraction of Brock Lesnar may not be worth the money he gets from WWE for his limited schedule. Lesnar is the current Universal Champion despite only appearing on a small percentage of shows and a handful of PPVs per year. As the highest paid star in the company working the least dates, Lesnar does not appear to be bringing in enough to warrant it.
3 Benefit: Finn Balor
Finn Balor would be considered the top NXT star of all time if you ask Triple H. The reason it took so long for Balor to get called up to the main roster is that Triple H invested in him as the face of NXT. It wasn’t until Shinsuke Nakamura signed that Triple H felt NXT could thrive as a touring brand without Finn as the face of the promotion.
2 Buried: Shane McMahon
The backstage rift between Shane McMahon and Triple H is one of the most fascinating stories in WWE. Shane showed hesitation when Mick Foley asked for his opinion about Triple H last year during a “tell all” podcast. Triple H and Shane were rumored to have strong disagreements on how the WWE should be run. Vince McMahon giving future control of the company to Stephanie and Triple H is what caused Shane to leave in the first place.
1 Benefit: Seth Rollins
The one person that would most benefit from Triple H getting control of WWE is Seth Rollins. Triple H choosing Rollins as the first ever NXT Champion showed just how much confidence he had in the young talent. Their on-screen relationship was another moment that showcased this when Rollins turned on The Shield to become the protégé of Triple H in The Authority.
Vince McMahon reportedly has faith in Rollins as well as seen by him getting the WWE 2K18 cover. However, Rollins has always been held back in the face role. Roman Reigns is the only top face WWE wants the fans to view as “the guy.” Guys like Rollins, Dean Ambrose and A.J. Styles have seen their booking limited. Triple H reportedly believes in Reigns as well but has equal faith in a few others. Rollins will finally get a chance to prove he’s “the guy” whenever Triple H replaces Vince.
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