There are a number of candidates who could take over WWE and succeed Vince McMahon, including Triple H.
The Game is one of the major candidates to take over WWE after McMahon retires (assuming that ever happens.) McMahon's son-in-law has been climbing the corporate ladder in WWE in the past few years. He is currently the WWE Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development. The 52-year-old is also the Executive Producer of NXT.
Triple H's success in running NXT has impressed several current and former WWE Superstars. They now see him as the perfect person to take over the whole company. These wrestlers have spoken in several interviews about The King of King's qualities that would allow him to continue the success of WWE after The Chairman leaves.
Nonetheless, a few other former and current WWE Superstars do not believe the 14-time World Champion should succeed McMahon. In their opinion, there is another man who could be the perfect guy to run WWE after The Boss's retirement.
Here are three current/former WWE Superstars who want Triple H to succeed Vince McMahon and two who don't.
#5. Former WWE Superstar Jon Moxley
Jon Moxley (F.K.A. Dean Ambrose) spent several years in WWE, where he had a lot of success. During his time in Vince McMahon's company, Moxley shared the ring with Triple H a few times. Their most famous bout came at WWE Roadblock in 2016 when The Game defeated The Lunatic Fringe in a WWE World Heavyweight Title match to retain his championship.
Although Moxley left to join AEW in 2019, the 35-year-old voiced his opinion on who should succeed Vince McMahon in WWE.
"Everyone seems to like NXT and there’s no Vince on that product. I think he’s (Triple H) the most capable guy of taking over the whole thing. He has clearly been preparing for this. When Vince isn’t there, he is the guy you go to, his ideas are his ideas (...) He is a guy that thinks about things a lot. I think he is a much better option between the two of them (...) He would be more open to giving people more freedom. But if he sees something and thinks there is a better way he will come and tell you. He watches television and he is the closest thing to Vince that we have," Moxley told Wade Keller.
Earlier this year, Moxley spoke about the possibility of him returning to WWE in the future. The current AEW star revealed that he is open to negotiating with WWE. Nonetheless, he does not believe anything would materialize.
#4. Former WWE Superstar JTG
Unlike Jon Moxley, former WWE Superstar JTG does not think Triple H is the ideal candidate to succeed Vince McMahon. JTG had two WWE runs. His first lasted nearly a year between 2006 and 2007 as a member of Cryme Tyme. He later returned to the company in 2008, where he spent another six years before leaving again in 2014.
Earlier this year, JTG addressed the rumors of McMahon possibly selling WWE. He also revealed who he thinks should run the company after The Chairman.
"I hope [WWE won’t be sold]. I hope the rumors are not true. I’d like to see the WWE stay in the McMahon family! Yeah, if it was up to me, if it was just my personal opinion… I would love to have Shane McMahon in charge. When I was there, Shane, his energy and what he brought to the table – I think he’ll do WWE [justice]. He’ll keep the legacy alive," JTG told The Wrassingh Show.
The former Cryme Tyme member also explained why, in his opinion, The Game should not be Vince McMahon's successor.
"I would just like to see the legacy continue on. You know, it was from Vince McMahon Senior to Vince McMahon, and I think that Shane solo would do great. Because when you have Stephanie and Triple H, those are two minds. You got two cooks in the kitchen, right? I think, Shane… I think if he was just the captain. I think he would do a great job as the the new chairman of the WWE," JTG added.
During his time in WWE, JTG never faced Triple H or Shane in singles or tag team action. Since leaving WWE, the 36-year-old has been wrestling on the independent circuit. He is currently the VIP Heavyweight Champion. He has also written a number of books.
#3. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has also disclosed who he thinks should be Vince McMahon's successor. The 69-year-old spent decades working in WWE as a color commentator. He also worked in other backstage roles, including Executive Vice President of Talent Relations.
Earlier this year, Ross said he believes Triple H will run WWE when The Chairman steps down.
"I always thought that [Triple H] would run the company when Vince decided to step away," he told Sports Illustrated Media Podcast.
Like JTG, the WWE Hall of Famer also addressed the rumors of WWE possibly getting sold. The current AEW color commentator believes The Game and his wife Stephanie McMahon should run the company even if the McMahon family decided to sell it.
"If I were going to sell WWE, who better to run it than Triple H and his wife? The DNA is there, the experience, Vince has given them a great opportunity to have more experience in upper management. The key thing is talent and television. One without the other doesn't make any money," Ross added.
Jim Ross left WWE in 2019. Later that same year, he signed a three-year contract with AEW. He is currently a color commentator and senior advisor in Tony Khan's company.
#2. WWE Superstar AJ Styles
AJ Styles joined WWE in 2016 after spending nearly two decades competing in different promotions. The 44-year-old quickly became one of the company's top superstars.
Styles believes Shane McMahon should be the one to succeed his father in running WWE. Although he thinks Triple H is also an option, the 44-year-old explained why Shane is the better choice.
"Listen, if anybody can do it, it’s Shane McMahon. There’s also Triple H, but he’s got his hands full with NXT. If they did that, it’d be great for RAW. There’s so much that goes into it and you don’t really understand it until you’re there and going over everything. It’s a lot to take on. It’s tough. I love Shane. There’s nobody better. When he puts his heart and soul into something, he really gives it all. I’ve been in the ring with him, so I know," Styles said during one of his Twitch streams.
AJ Styles has shared the ring with both The Game and Shane. The Phenomenal One faced The King of Kings in a single tag team match at a live event in June 2019. Three years earlier, he had teamed up with Shane O'Mac in a Survivor Series Elimination Match.
Styles and Shane also went head-to-head at WrestleMania in 2017, where the former WWE Champion came out victorious.
#1. Former WWE manager Jim Cornette
Jim Cornette played several roles on and off-screen in WWE between 1993 and 2005. After spending over a decade inside Vince McMahon's company, the 60-year-old now has a strong opinion (big surprise) on who should be The Chairman's successor.
On an episode of his Cornette's Drive-Thru podcast last year, the 60-year-old discussed why Triple H should take over WWE if McMahon steps down.
"When you look at who needs to be the next Vince McMahon, look at Triple H. Wheather you like him or not, he's been a wrestler for 30 years, he's worked with every top guy, that old line where I said Triple H is the guy that works with the guy that draws you money, well he worked with every single guy that drew Vince money for the last 20 years. He's a student of the business as they say. He obviously has gotten the political part done pat and know how to work with talent, talk to talent, and get talent to do things. He's the closest thing to the next Vince McMahon," Cornette said.
Jim Cornette also revealed why he does not think Shane McMahon should succeed his father. The 60-year-old believes The Chairman's son does not have the wrestling mind despite being passionate about the business.
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