Since the start of NXT we have seen a lot of awesome ideas from Triple H and just how creative he can be without the cloud of Vince. One of the best ideas that Hunter was able to do was the expansion of interest in booking the women properly which branched to the main roster. Triple H's next hit was when he tried branching into the UK, but not by taking talent and instead forming relationships which is something different. Working with outside companies is something that WWE has not done other than within a developmental fashion. Which is something special within itself but the fact that this has spawned the UK Division as a whole.
Though in the previous editions I talked about one wrestler this will be a little different in talking about a group of them. But for those who think that I am just talking about two names are wrong as Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate aren't the only two I am talking about. The reason for this is because it is Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, and other together as a whole that has made this division a major hit.
However, if I was to pick an obvious star from the division than it would have to be "The Bruiserweight" Pete Dunne. Dunne is the complete package of an intimidating star that could handle being a good guy or bad guy effectively. Bate is quite close to Dunne, and I think some could put them on the same level, but I just don't think Bate is on the same level as Dunne just yet due to how Pete is being booked I don't think the WWE do either. The one thing though that I think most fans are aware is that there might be a ceiling on how high Dunne & Bate will go with ability of being able to work elsewhere.
Now I could blame a lot of poor booking of various wrestlers in WWE as a lot of people have been brought down by WWE booking. However, most of the poor booking could be attributed to Vince always trying to put his talent in positions that make them look weak and uncomfortable. Numerous former NXT stars like the Ascension and Neville were poorly booked upon their debut on the main roster, and even though Neville has been booked amazing we can't say the same about the Ascension.
Though Triple H really hasn't had much to do with the booking of the WWE main roster, but there were some talent that Hunter has had a hand in booking. However, we have heard that Triple H had a hand in the initial push of Sheamus when he debuted on the main roster. Sheamus at first was booked as a monster like always for someone his size and though Sheamus was needed on the top of the card, but was he rushed to the top or did they do it right. Well fact is Sheamus never really was given the keys to the castle and always had the rug pulled out from under him before he could really gain some momentum.
Though some of Sheamus's early feuds did include a program with John Cena and Triple H. The booking for these feuds wasn't very good because the first big win for Sheamus came against Cena in a table match which meant that he didn't actually pin Cena to win the World Title. Then Sheamus would come up short against Triple H at WrestleMania and these two matches ending the way that they did played a part in Sheamus losing some shine very early in his run. But it's pretty clear at this point that the WWE has gotten the hang of booking him since the start of his team with Cesaro.
Last month we look back at one of the missteps in Triple H's regime in talent relations so far with Adam Rose. Now this month we will shift gears and look toward something that was bad, but not ugly in my opinion. Over the last few months there have been a number of rumors regarding the talent the WWE has interest in and this wasn't the first time that WWE had eyes on top names from the Indies.
Back in 2011, the WWE went out and signed Chris Spradlin better known on the Indies as Chris Hero. Once he signed he was repackaged as Kassius Ohno which lead to the connection of "KO" due to the stiffness of his in ring ability especially his elbows. At first Ohno gained a small push when NXT first got going but then things slowly started fading. Problems began rearing their heads with differences in ideology and this lead to Ohno being taken off TV for a time and would loss when he did get back on TV. In the fall of 2013 Chris would get released by the company and would return to the Indies.
The reason that this is a part of Triple H's regime is because Chris and Claudio were the first major signings under Hunter. But the reason I chose to list this as just bad and not ugly is because Ohno has returned to the company at this point and is getting another chance in NXT to prove what he can do and show just how good he is.
Though there was nothing last month starting this month I will try and become more consistent with the monthly posts for this series. Last time around we looked back at Adam Rose which I didn't think was part of the ugly, but his run with the main roster was pretty bad. For this one we go back to the FCW days of developmental which was before Triple H took power as this name is more of own his main roster projects over a developmental one. Back during the days of ECW they went through a new superstar initiative on the brand by brining fresh talent from the developmental roster.
One those names was the "Great White" Sheamus who would become the WWE Champion less than a year following his debuted in December 2010 at WWE TLC PPV. For the first time in his career he gained a major PPV win against not just Main Event star, but also the World Champion. Sadly, for Sheamus though his first run with the title was very uneventful and did nothing for most if not the entire run. In 2011, Sheamus was moved to the Smackdown brand and was slowly transitioned to a good guy before his first heavyweight title reign a year later.
Over the last few years thing have gone rough for Sheamus including a couple of really bad years that he was just floating around the card. When he first debuted many thought that he'd be a future star for the company and of the building blocks for the future of the company and though his potential may have been over hyped it seems he has found a stable position on the roster that best fits his abilities. Overall, I think Sheamus has been a success in the WWE as he has found his place and made it through a tough time for the company as they tried to rebuild the roster and find new stars.
With anything there always comes a time to try something new and that is exactly what I wanted when I started this series two months ago. But plans got put on hold and things changed which prompted me to rethink this series; then I thought this could give me a way to highlight the bad from WWE like I do very often with certain other companies. Since this is the case I decided maybe starting this series with something bad would be a nice change of pace from the normal.
Over the course of the six years or so the developmental portion of the WWE has gotten face lift and at this point may mean more then some main roster brands. However, even in all the good that Triple H has done since taking over the developmental territory their still has been a good amount of bad wrapped up in all that good. The first mistake that was made which comes to mind is Adam Rose. For those who don't know Adam was a veteran of the WWE developmental region having spent time in another territory during his time with WWE before NXT. Many thought that Adam wouldn't make up to the main roster as some didn't feel he had the complete package so they change his gimmick.
From the time he arrived with the WWE the man named Leppan would be called Leo Kruger; which was chosen as tribute to South African President Paul Kruger. It wasn't long after his name change to Kruger that he would begin to build momentum to becoming a top star in FCW. While a member of FCW, Kruger would win the World Title on two separate occasion the second coming not long before the re-branding of FCW to NXT. Once the territory made the change Leo kept his name and gimmick the same and would remain a top star in NXT.
It was in August of 2014, when everything changed because Leo was removed from Television and started working house shows under a new gimmick and new name. The new name was Adam Rose. Adam's gimmick was that of a "Party Animal" and vastly different from the gimmick he had as Leo Kruger. But with the gimmick change he was soon promoted to the main roster and given a few month unbeaten streak. However, within a year of his promotion to the main roster Rose would be fired from the company.
Though in the end Rose was to blame for his release in the long run I do believe that they would have gotten more longevity out of Adam had they not switched his gimmick and just kept him as Leo Kruger. In hindsight it's pretty someone in the WWE "Was a lemon and not a Rosebud!"
Since the start of the site I have always tried to figure out the best possible ways to make this site very unique and something that sticks out from other wrestling sites. I feel a big part of that is the addition of monthly posts, but like everything else even successful things need a shot in the arm and something fresh to breath new life into them and that is exactly what I am trying to do with the monthly post section. Because this is the only section that hasn't really changed since my days back on blogger.
This is why I have chosen to start a new series where I look at both success and failures of the Triple H regime so far. I am aware that most his regime has consisted of decision he has made down in NXT, but I feel like it's enough of a window for a monthly series and maybe this would also allow a little break for some of the older monthly series.
Every good promoter, boss, booker, etc is only good when they tested the most and though Triple H hasn't been tested with the main roster just yet he has been given a good number of "tests" thus far in NXT and now it's time for us to critique them.