Ever since replacing John Laurinaitis as WWE's Head of Talent, Triple H has hired more independent wrestlers as well as abolishing the "Looking for 10s" policy when it came to hiring female talents but which current WWE Superstars do you think would not have been hired today had Laurinaitis still been in charge of hiring talents as he preferred bodybuilders, former football players and swimsuit models instead of indie wrestlers?
This is an interesting question because changes tend to happen subtly over time. I think the majority of the NXT roster wouldn’t necessarily be around without Triple H looking past the old “WWE look” style of hiring. Johnny Gargano, Ricochet, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sonya Deville, Nia Jax, basically the entire 205 Roster are all people that have benefited due to Triple H looking past look alone and looking at talent. I have to give credit where it’s due to Triple H, he is really helping to breath fresh air into the WWE and I look forward to the day he gets full control of the company creatively or otherwise. I find it funny because when Triple H was a more active member of the roster people accused him of being selfish and being in Vince’s ear to book himself over everyone else. People claimed if he got power like he has now it would “tank the company.” How wrong those people were! Triple H has been incredible in his corporate roles and surpassed EVERYONE’S expectations.
Do you think Kofi Kingston has a chance of winning the WWE Championship at Fastlane?
I do! I think there is a very good chance that Kofi walks away with the championship at Fastlane OR gets screwed out of the title and ends up with a match for the championship at WrestleMania. I’m glad WWE is adjusting plans according to the massive reaction Kofi is getting from the crowd. It’s organic moments like this that WWE needs to capitalize on. I think for so long when moments like this would happen, where the crowd just full gets behind a superstar, WWE would often just stick with their plans. Focus on what the original storyline was going to be and stay the course. As a result, I feel like there has been a lack of MEGA stars. Guys like the Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H, Shawn Michaels. The guys that can capture the crowd. Hell, the last time WWE really listened to a crowd rallying behind someone was Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 and look how well that went! Does Kofi have a chance? Absolutely. Should he win? DEFINITELY.
Did WWE just forget about the alliance of Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre?
We talked about this in our Premium News yesterday. I am not sure what’s going on in the creative meetings at WWE. There are quite a few storylines recently that start and stop and start and stop. WWE partnered up Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre and then pulled back on it, only to bring it back in full force at Elimination Chamber. Then on Raw this week in a Tables Match (which has no DQ) there was no sight from Lashley or McIntyre. It seems like WWE has no idea what they want to do. The same thing happened with Bobby attacking Lio Rush on Sunday and then teaming them together like nothing happened on Raw. It’s not as if these things were slowly phased out over time, they happened 24 hours apart! It’s this kind of zero logic booking that will make fans tune out. It makes things feel like there are no consequences and actions have no meaning. Why would fans tune in to watch the follow up to something that happened Sunday, only for it to be disregarded the very next show? I’m not sure why these kinds of things happen behind the scenes but WWE creative all need to get on the same page.
Is WWE planning on doing any post WrestleMania cuts?
WWE hasn’t really done post WrestleMania cuts in a while, but that’s not to say they won’t. Right now the roster is VERY heavy with talent. It’s a terrible thing to say cuts might be needed, these are people’s jobs and I would hate for ANYONE to lose their job. However, looking at it purely from a business standpoint I could see where WWE might want to do a little spring cleaning to lighten the load. However, it’s very likely that WWE doesn’t want talent jumping ship over to AEW as they build steam and move towards Double or Nothing. There is also a chance we’ll see more and more talent that is “shelved” requesting their release like Tye Dillinger did or not renewing their contract like WWE is saying Dean Ambrose will do after WrestleMania. (Though I still think that’s a work). Officially, though, we haven’t heard anything about plans to do any mass layoffs.
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