And That’s The Bottom Line…
Because Triple H Said So?
Stone Cold Steve Austin got to bring his fantastic podcast back to the WWE Network on February 2nd, 2015 and record a new episode with the COO of the company, Triple H. His first episode on the Network with Vince McMahon was phenomenal. Stone Cold really tried to push his old boss, and why not? He’s Teflon now, baby. He can ask anyone at WWE any question he wants, and then just go home to Broken Skull Ranch and make his reality show. The biggest surprise, for me, was Austin asking that question about CM Punk. I knew Austin would ask the good questions, but I figured Punk would be off limits with Triple H by now.
It’s stuff like this that is going to keep my wrestling news articles from being about anything but what’s on the screen. The news I cover will be exclusively storyline related, because I don’t want to contribute to the cluster-f—k that is Internet wrestling news. I mean, look at this. I like Paul Levesque, but he is not a good enough actor to hide the kind of resent he was reported to be displaying towards CM Punk. Internet news articles had him storming around WWE backstage areas, cursing CM Punk’s very name. Now that I’ve seen him speak about the guy, there’s no way any of that was accurate.
“Working the work of reality.” That is one of the most important things that Triple H said to Stone Cold last night. That’s a big deal. What does it mean though? Well, let’s look at WrestleMania 30. Heading into WrestleMania, they were damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. They couldn’t tell a soul their plan was to put Daniel Bryan in the Main Event, because it would’ve most certainly been leaked. However, keeping it a complete secret meant that no one in the world would ever believe it was their plan the whole way through.
Triple H was a great interviewee. He misspoke a few times, but everybody does. He gave honest and well thought out answers to any question he was asked. It was also really cool to see how happy he was while talking about NXT. He wasn’t jumping up and down, or screaming in joy. No, it was all in the face as he spoke. You could tell he wasn’t full of s—t in the slightest when he said that he hasn’t worked a day in his life. He really loves the wrestling business.
I’m jumping around the show a bit. This is more of a stream of consciousness piece than a critical review, but who am I to be critical of this podcast? I’d rather see where my thoughts take me, because I was one hundred percent into the episode as it aired. I barely missed a second. The beginning of it was cool. I liked how Triple H walked to the podcast at the end of Raw. It felt like another “f—k you” to all the people who cancelled the WWE Network. I know I shouldn’t be as into those moments as I am, but I think it’s pimp as hell that Vince McMahon can do that.
WWE is at that “Too Big To Fail” status. Some random guy tried to convince me to #CancelWWENetwork the night of the 2015 Royal Rumble. I told him I’d miss the content too much, but I wanted to tell him that the very idea was a gigantic waste of time. First off, your biggest problem with Vince is that he isn’t listening to you, and your solution is to try and ruin something that if ruined, would most certainly ruin him? Why shouldn’t he tell you all to go f—k yourselves? Look what he did to WCW when they tried to ruin him. Triple H seems stuck in the middle of all that, but it looks like he’s having some fun with it.
On the podcast, he skirted the line. He kept it professional, but under the guise of his character, he trolled the hell out of the #CancelWWENetwork movement with a quick little joke about NFL fans responding to the SuperBowl by starting a #CancelNFLNetwork movement. Thing is, something like that also keeps those people talking. I’m willing to bet a good portion of the fans that left, came back after they found out the WWE Network is free this month.
They talked about Roman Reigns for a bit at the beginning. It is really unfair what’s happening to him, but I don’t see him losing at Fastlane. I may not have thought him ready for WrestleMania, either, but Triple H helped show me how silly an idea that really is. Can you ever truly be ready to put on a show for 70,000 fans? Plus, like Triple H said, Roman Reigns has earned his place.
As disappointing as it’ll be for Daniel Bryan fans, if it’s done right, Reigns versus Bryan at Fastlane could really help get Roman over that hump, and hopefully silence all those boos.
Despite all the fascinating business talk that The Game and Austin went into – my favorite moment came towards the end of the show when Triple H found out he was being wrapped up by Kevin Dunn, the WWE’s program director.
“Come in here,” Triple H said after exercising some of his Corporate stroke to get more time, “he’ll stun you.”
If you get a chance, you can find this episode on either the WWE Network, or with the litany of other episodes that Stone Cold has recorded in the past. Do yourself a favor and check it out.