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Triple H explains the psychology of squash matches with Braun Strowman, Nia Jax

There was plenty of gold to mine from that comprehensive interview Triple H did with ESPN — like his mic drop on criticism of 5050 booking — and that includes his take on squash matches. They’re referred to within WWE has “enhancement matches” and you’ve been seeing them every week on Monday Night Raw with Braun Strowman and Nia Jax.

The idea behind it:

"We're resetting Braun Strowman. We're resetting who he is, and resetting his character and his personality so that you can learn more about him and feel for him. It's the same thing with Nia Jax and any of these characters that we do those things with.

"When I write NXT, I never go, 'I just need to get so and so a match,' and give them an enhancement match. It's not what I want to do. I give it to them so I can see a different part of his personality. If I give [Shinsuke] Nakamura an enhancement match in NXT at this point, it's so I can get the entertainment side of him out that I can't get if he's out there and he's going to wrestle Samoa Joe.

"I want to see a different side of him, so I give him something that he can do that different side in and show me that personality."

That makes a lot of sense, actually, but it’s worth wondering how much we’re really learning about Strowman and Jax from the little bit we’ve seen of them on the main roster. Braun is big and kills people — which is working great for our tastes — while Nia is big, has haunting eyes, is beautiful, and also kills people.

Perhaps the point is that’s really all they need to showcase and the best way to do that is to give them the spotlight against a wrestler brought in to lose to them. You certainly wouldn’t get the same effect asking either of them to go 20 minutes in a back-and-forth battle, even with a top star.

The question, then: Do squash matches work for you?

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