If you ask the WWE Universe what their favorite show of WrestleMania weekend was, a lot of them wouldn't say The Showcase of The Immortals. They would say NXT TakeOver: Dallas instead.
The NXT TakeOver event not only had some great wrestling matches, but it also had some fantastic moments as well. Sami Zayn's brilliant match against the debuting Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries defeating Baron Corbin, Asuka winning against Bayley to become the new NXT Women's Champion, and Finn Balor retaining the NXT Championship against Samoa Joe.
It ended up overcasting WrestleMania 32 in the eyes of many WWE fans, and a lot of that has to go down to Triple H. Although The Game was involved in the main event against Roman Reigns, his vision for NXT has helped it become what it is today, a very successful development division for the main roster.
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His work has lead him to be considered by many to be the successor to Vince McMahon to running the WWE once he decides to call it a day. However, not everyone is sold on that idea yet, including WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart. He is skeptical because he believes Triple H has always put bodybuilding before the art of professional wrestling.
He said in an interview with Notts TV News, according to Wrestling Inc: "I'm always happy to be proven wrong, but I've never seen any real genius come from Triple H yet. I sound like I'm always knocking him, but it seems like he's quick to push the great wrestling to the side and push the bodies, guys who have [good] physiques, all the time. They wonder why CM Punk quit and they wonder why Daniel Bryan got hurt. It's because they squeeze so much out of those guys.
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"I'm just calling it the way it is. Triple H is a former bodybuilder. He's all about bodies. He thought that Hulk Hogan was the greatest wrestler in the world. They think Ultimate Warrior was the greatest wrestler in the world because that's what they're attracted to, but he's not really a wrestling fan like I grew up. I was a wrestling fan. I had wrestling in my blood.
"All the way through, I was a wrestling fan. I loved great wrestling. Like this year's WrestleMania, there was no great wrestling on the card. All the great wrestling was two days before in the NXT [TakeOver: Dallas] show with [Shinsuke] Nakamura and Sami Zayn and [Asuka], whatever her name is, the Japanese girl, that wrestled Bayley. That's what WrestleMania is all about. This year at WrestleMania, I thought it was absent on the bill. There was no wrestling on the card."
It's important to remember that although Triple H has a say, it's still Mr. McMahon that makes the final call. Until that is adjusted, we might not see more people like Punk or Bryan and more technical guys receiving pushes at the top of the card alongside a run with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.