5 WWE Superstars who are in the company because of Triple H
Five years ago, NXT was transformed from a reality-based game show—and not a brilliant one at that—into a fully-fledged developmental territory to the WWE main roster. It also became the unofficial baby of Triple H, who was essentially given free rein to test his hand in the driver’s seat and run the brand as its own promotion.
Since taking on that role, we’ve seen Triple H (with some helping hands along the way) scout and sign a ton of new talent from all around the world. And on top of that, he’s also played a fairly prominent role in bringing certain guys straight up to the main roster, while his diplomacy has, on occasion, helped mend bridges with the odd exiled name here and there.
Long story short; a number of guys are currently in the company thanks in some capacity to this new, spandex-less, suit-wearing Triple H.
Here, we take a look at five such instances and the stories behind how their signings with WWE, as well as the role played by Triple H along the way.
#5 Kevin Owens
Back in August of 2016, Kevin Owens won the Universal Championship when he defeated Big Cass, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a Fatal 4-Way elimination match for the recently-vacated title. Except, he didn’t quite do it alone.
The win came courtesy of a massive assist from Triple H, which is kind of fitting given the way that Owens ended up signing with the company in the first place.
Months before that Universal title win, Owens spoke to Candiens.com, where he revealed that Triple H had cast the deciding vote that ultimately led to him being offered a WWE contract. In Owens’ own words:
“When I got my chance to be called up to the pros, the story I heard was that four or five people had a say in the decision. The vote was tied at two, and Triple H cast the deciding ballot. He gave me my chance.”
One week after Owens’ title win, Seth Rollins said that Owens had been Triple H’s chosen one from day one. Turns out that claim was even truer than he might’ve realized.