Editorial: Triple H’s Moves Could Be Bad Sign for Nick Khan
Should Nick Khan be worried? That’s a question Nick Khan needs to ask himself as Triple H continues rearranging the WWE landscape with the subtlety of a bulldozer (obviously a sledgehammer isn’t enough). Not only is “The Game” reversing many of Vince McMahon and Nick Khan’s roster changes, but I would argue Triple H is sending a major message to Khan.
Triple H has already made sweeping changes to the WWE’s personnel, including the elevation of previously stalled Superstars such as Ciampa and more importantly, the return of many released wrestlers.
“The Cerebral Assassin’s” changes include some backstage moves including the recent hire of The Road Dogg to take over Jeff Jarrett’s role as Senior Vice President of Live Events. That’s not the only move as there could be another big move, this one in NXT. While commenting on The Road Dogg’s move to the WWE, Wrestling News’ Paul Davis reported:
In related news, Dave Meltzer reports that another key NXT person may be returning as well. No word on who that might be but it’s worth noting that Ryan Katz was a key person behind the scenes under Triple H. He worked as NXT Associate Producer and he was let go in January as part of a company revamp of the brand.H/T Wrestling News
Playing the Blame Game
Now entrenched as the head of creative and talent relations, Triple H holds plenty of power. He’s using it to fulfill his vision of what wrestling fans want and he has a powerful ally in co-CEO Stephanie McMahon.
Looking at Hunter’s changes and his willingness to do so at a break-neck speed, is he looking to vindicate himself?
Does Hunter blame Khan for the sweeping changes to NXT and for being blamed for NXT losing the Wednesday Night War?
Although Vince McMahon was the person making the final decisions at the time, could Triple H and/or Stephanie feel someone was whispering in Vince’s ear?
The Ideal Situation for the WWE
Ideally, Triple H and Stephanie will let Nick Khan do what he does best; making TV deals and expanding the WWE’s global presence further while helping increase the company’s revenues.
Signing wrestlers is one thing as Triple H is the head of the WWE’s creative department and he clearly knows who he feels will help him reach his creative vision for entertaining the fans.
Is Hunter Sending a Message to Nick Khan?
However, if the recent dismissal of Jeff Jarrett and immediate hiring of The Road Dogg is any harbinger of the future, Triple H is making it clear he’s sending one or more messages to Nick Khan.
The first is that he and his wife Stephanie are calling the shots when it comes to the WWE’s infrastructure. Nick Khan may have made some sweeping changes to the WWE but Triple H (and possibly Stephanie) are showing these changes can be easily reversed.
I would also argue that the second message is that Triple H and Stephanie are making it clear that Nick Khan needs the WWE more than the WWE needs him. This could be an error on Helmsley and McMahon’s part but they could see otherwise.
A Possible Power Struggle
Is the WWE big enough for the power couple of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon along with Nick Khan? This scenario could be as interesting as Vince McMahon’s abrupt exit from the WWE.
The WWE could find itself in a dicey situation if Stephanie decides it’s time for her to run the WWE by herself. Could wrestling’s “Billion Dollar Princess” decide she’s up to the challenge of matching Nick Khan’s financial successes (or even outdoing them?)
What do you think of Triple H’s changes? Should Nick Khan be worried? Let us know in the comments below.