WWE: The truth behind the Vince McMahon - Triple H scuffle
A couple of weeks ago, there was an interesting segment where Triple H dropped a hint to Brad Maddox that he had a slight idea about whom the WWE Universe would choose, and that Vince McMahon wouldn’t be happy with that decision.
As the night unfolded, the WWE Universe, to no one’s surprise, unanimously chose Daniel Bryan as Cena’s opponent for SummerSlam with the WWE title on the line. The following week, Triple H told Maddox that Vince wouldn’t like the idea of the match, as Daniel Bryan isn’t what Vince considers to be a “superstar material”, but that Triple H knows that size doesn’t matter.
To make matters even more interesting, Daniel Bryan had to “prove” himself to be WWE title material, and had to go through a gauntlet match to cement his spot as the number one contender for SummerSlam.
Although it may look inconsequential and unimportant on the outside, there is a lot of truth behind Daniel Bryan being integrated into the storyline between Triple H and Vince McMahon, something that goes beyond the power struggle. It goes deeper into the roots of professional wrestling, and the origins of the ‘larger than life’ characters in the WWF/E in the past.
Professional wrestling, in the beginning, was the showcasing of strong men. You had large audiences turning up to see the incredible strength of these “wrestlers”, who would throw their bodies around, lifting their opponents, proving their incredible strength.
As professional wrestling evolved, there were “smaller” guys who focused more on flying around, making for a much more entertaining bout, and those who focused on the technical aspects of professional wrestling.
You had the Dynamite Kid and Piper opening the doors for the smaller guys, and the next generation of wrestlers, such as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, shattered the proverbial glass ceiling, which was until then mere smokes and shadows for the smaller performers. In a world ruled by the bigger, muscled performers such as Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels opened the doors for the athletic, smaller wrestlers.
After Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon went back to his original philosophy of “bigger guys” dominating the scene. It can be said that Bret and Shawn were the two exceptions in the WWF. Vince McMahon had to listen to the fans again in 2004, putting both the WWE and World titles on smaller guys, such as Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit.
It was always evident that Vince McMahon was against making the smaller guys the face of the organization. Vince’s fascination for the bigger guys left guys like Steamboat, Dynamite Kid and the likes in the midcard throughout the 80s and the early part of the 90s.
During the ‘Summer of Punk’ storyline, CM Punk mentioned how Vince never saw him to be a major player because of his size. With Daniel Bryan on the verge of becoming the ‘next big thing’ in the WWE, the question once again arises about Vince’s and WWE’s intention to pull the trigger with Daniel Bryan.
With the ‘shifting of power’ storyline between Vince McMahon and Triple H, the subtle mentions about Vince’s preferences for bigger guys is being highlighted once again.
Triple H has been supportive of the smaller guys being a part of the organization, as he has signed the top talent from the independent scene who aren’t big guys. Signing of performers like Chris Hero, El Generico and the likes gives a glimpse of the direction the WWE is heading in.
Although a lot cannot be read ‘between the lines’ regarding the storyline scuffle between Vince McMahon and Triple H, it is indeed something that is happening backstage in the WWE.
We can now hope that WWE pulls the trigger with Daniel Bryan and makes him the face of the WWE, as he is the hottest star in the company, something that hasn’t happened with anyone since CM Punk in 2011.