Triple H seems to share some of the frustration expressed by fans over the way many of the NXT talents are booked when the move to the main roster. It seems like most of the pushed talent gets over on NXT shows but they are watered down when they move to Raw or Smackdown Live. Sure, guys like Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura are protected to some extent but, in general, most of the talent brought up to the main roster gets lost in the shuffle and no one is as over as they were when they were in NXT. American Alpha was not on this week’s Smackdown and have been treated as an afterthought in recent months. Fans have been critical of the way they’ve booked names like Sami Zayn and Bayley. At one point, Bayley was the most over act on NXT but these days she’s being forced to cut awkward promos written by the creative team. At one point, it was thought that Bayley would end up being the female equivalent of John Cena in terms of star power and merchandise sales.
On Saturday’s PWTorchVIP.com VIP audio show, Wade Keller talked about Triple H’s frustration with Vince McMahon and the way he books NXT call-ups. Keller said, “I have heard that [Triple H] is frustrated at times about this but he throws his hands up because there’s only so much you can do.” Keller talked about how awkward it must be having to deal with someone who is your boss and family at the same time. He continued, “That’s what Hunter faces all the time and then imagine being under public scrutiny for it. It’s not a great situation. Hunter is well aware of the awkwardness of trying to deal with Vince. Things don’t always go his way and sometimes he’s frustrated.”
Keller also talked about Triple H having to walk a fine line and pick his battles with someone who is his boss, family, and his wife’s father. Every current and NXT wrestler that has been interviewed has praised what Triple H has done with the brand. Last week, Impact Wrestling star Gail Kim praised Triple H for what he has done with the women. Triple H expressed confidence in her back in 2010 and the other women on the roster while Vince McMahon was booking them to be a sideshow act. During an interview with Kevin Eck, she said, “I honestly feel like [Triple H] has done so much for the girls, because he started that whole thing in NXT with the Four Horsewomen. When I left WWE, he was one of the people who was so positive. He told me, “You’re talented and don’t let anyone else tell you any different.”
Unfortunately, Vince McMahon is not showing any signs of slowing down and it doesn’t look like he will hand the reigns over to Triple H anytime soon but hopefully, the declining ratings for Raw and Smackdown Live will force him to change. Perhaps, it’s time to let Triple H take over and have complete control of the creative for the main roster shows. If ratings continue to decline then McMahon will be forced to make some changes because their TV contract will expire in a couple of years and they need a ratings boost as leverage during contract negotiations with the USA Network.