Triple H is much more than a 13-time world champion and one of the all-time great in-ring performers, he is the heir to the throne in WWE and closely works with his father-in-law, Vince McMahon, behind the scenes.
If anybody has their finger on the pulse of the wrestling business today, it's the former leader of D-Generation-X and Evolution.
Triple H spoke to KC Joyner of ESPN to launch the site's new WWE subsection and, much like his appearance on the Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast, he gave a very candid interview on all things wrestling.
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One area the Cerebral Assassin was asked to discuss was the state of tag-team wrestling in the WWE. How did it decline so badly after enjoying unprecedented success in the early 2000s?
“I think you go back five or six years ago when the tag teams were on the decline," Triple H said. "Part of that was a thinner talent roster. NXT has been able to beef up the ranks enough for us to split rosters, and you see this resurgence. … I’m really proud of them — of the entire developmental system. It has allowed for the resurgence of tag-team wrestling and resurgence of women’s wrestling by giving them the platform to be able to do what they do."
Of course, The Game is correct. In fact, he's largely responsible for the mild resurgence at present. The 47-year-old is the man behind NXT and several tag-teams have risen from the developmental brand to the main roster.
Enzo and Cass, The Vaudevillains, American Alpha and the Hype Bros all started out in Triple H's baby, NXT. Now, they have filled out to both Raw and Smackdown LIVE and are viable contenders for the likes of New Day, The Dudley Boyz, The Usos and The Club.
HHH also asserted how tag-team wrestling sometimes keeps performers in their shells as they can share the focus in an group act. Although the likes of Edge, Christian, JBL and Jeff Hardy went on to be world champions from the golden era of tag-team wrestling in the early 2000s, it doesn't always work out that way.
"Sometimes when you’re a talent, there’s safety in numbers. You gotta go out on a limb when you’re a performer. And it’s uncomfortable. And people that don’t do it for a living don’t understand it, but being a performer and going out there and just letting it all hang out there, when it’s just on you, and you’re the only one — man, it’s hard to do that.
“When you’ve got somebody else to blame, somebody else sharing in the success and somebody standing next to you, supporting you on the team, it’s liberating. The challenge is then getting past the liberation when it’s time to move out on your own. Can you then make that transition? Does that lead to them being singles wrestlers? Who knows.”
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