Following his cage match with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules, Triple H needs to consider hanging up his boots after the event—permanently.
Frankly, it’s more than time for the star—who turns 44 later this year—to retire from wrestling and shift his undivided focus into his office duties
Let’s face it: Triple H truly has done it all as an in-ring performer. He’s wrestled everyone, held both World titles numerous times and participated in every sort of gimmick match possible.
What more is there left for him to accomplish, anyway?
There’s also the fact that any time WWE spends on pushing him as a top-line threat is time that could be spent building up the likes of Dolph Ziggler and Antonio Cesaro, you know, the guys who really need it. Not a part-timer past his prime.
Triple H’s regular appearances on Raw have proven a detriment in other ways too, particularly in his recent battles with Brock Lesnar.
Unquestionably, Lesnar has been tainted by working with Triple H over the past year. As a former UFC World Heavyweight champion and undisputed tough guy, Lesnar may be wrestling’s last great monster heel (apologies to Mark Henry, please don’t beat me up!).
With this in mind, has Lesnar really been aided in fighting—and even being defeated by—a middle-aged 43-year-old father of three? Even taking out the suspension of disbelief factor, it’s just not great booking and does nothing to help the former MMA star’s credibility and tough guy aura.
WWE has made grievous mistakes with Lesnar in the past—his clean loss to John Cena at Extreme Rules last year springs to mind—and they continue to do him no favors in this current program.
Oh, the long-running Triple H/Lesnar feud has been fun—even great—in places, but who has it really helped?
All Lesnar/Triple H has accomplished is enhancing Triple H’s already stellar reputation. Oh, and established that Lesnar can wreck an entire desk with a sledgehammer without breaking a sweat.
Besides, all Triple H’s on-screen antics also serve as a distraction from the truly important work in his life now: Serving WWE behind-the-scenes as its executive and next in line to run the company after Vince McMahon.
I discussed last month how much of asset Triple H had become in the office, particularly in bringing back legendary star Bruno Sammartino into the WWE fold.
The company’s site recently went in to great detail about this and it makes a good read. Notably, the article establishes the people skills, tact and diplomacy that should make Triple H a strong leader of WWE one day.
Fact is, the star is far more valuable off- screen than on-screen.
Of course, you could claim he can both—wrestling and the office work—but, really, how exhausting would that be?
Granted, there is an argument to be made that WWE is so low on main eventers right now—CM Punk and The Undertaker are on hiatus—that the company needs to keep Triple H active.
But, really, that's an argument for making new main event stars, not dragging out Triple H every time they need a big-time match.
So, will Triple H accept the fact that his in-ring career should be behind him and enter into retirement gracefully as he prepares for the next stage of his life?
I’d like to think so.
But, sadly, as history teaches us, “wrestling” and “retirement” tend not to go well together. Triple H might very well follow in his father-in-law’s footsteps and still be getting into the ring well into his 50s.
Now that’s a scary thought.