Triple H is an inept businessman. I mean... he's just the worst.
It's not that Triple H has no grasp of some of the most important tenets of business. In fact, he excels in many of them!
- Assembling a great team? Ever hear of Degeneration X or Evolution?
- Seeking mentorship? Ric Flair says wooooooo!
- Keeping your true friends despite disagreements? Uh, Shawn Michaels much?
- Giving back after achieving success? NXT is great!
- The importance of networking? It doesn't get much better than marrying the boss' daughter.
These are all wonderful business virtues that Triple H does indeed possess; however, any successful businessperson will tell you that business is, above all, about making deals. Negotiation is paramount. And from the looks of it, Helmsley didn't major in negotiation at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school.
Negotiation isn't like wrestling, where you can win by defeating your opponent. It's a delicate balancing act. Sure you want to meet you own needs and ensure that you aren't being taken advantage of, but a truly skilled negotiator won't leave the table until he's sure that both sides feel good about the deal. Otherwise, you're damaging a relationship that could be vital to your interests later. That's Negotiation 101!
This is where Triple H's business sense falls completely short. I'm talking Sleazy, Queasy, and Cheesy short.
Triple H strives not only to win, but to utterly decimate his enemies. Need proof? Hunter's current issue with Sting is a perfect example!
WCW was destined to fail. The AOL/TimeWarner merger (not to mention years of short-sighted decisions) sealed its fate. The McMahons had the foresight to purchase WCW for pennies on the dollar. But it was Triple H who outwardly bristled at the notion of a peaceful and prosperous merger for both sides. He made it a priority to defeat and embarrass the likes of Booker T, Big Poppa Pump, Goldberg, and even Kevin Nash when they arrived in WWE. It wasn't about beating these men in the ring, but rather to salt the earth of their careers and make it so they could not stand with him at the top of the sport, even if they deserved to. Even when it would have been... best for business.
Now Sting is here and he will do what he's always done: even the scales. When Gary Hart International was running roughshod over WCW, Sting joined the Four Horsemen to stop them. When WCW refused to stand together against the nWo, he disappeared, forcing WCW to unite. When the nWo grew out of control and threatened to destroy the very fabric of WCW, Sting stood alone against a rising tide of greed, nepotism, and even went so far as to join the renegade Wolfpac faction to restore balance.
This whole mess wouldn't even be an issue if Triple H had managed things better in the past, if he had given up a little ground from time to time, if he had negotiated in a way that left all parties satisfied.
But he didn't. Driven by ego, impatience, or perhaps merely ignorance... that ship sailed long ago. Now he must face a man who cannot be reasoned with and refuses to negotiate.
Ironically this situation, caused by a failure of negotiation, now requires a failure of negotiation to resolve itself. All the words in the world are useless against Sting. This is going to be a fight where only one man survives.
That is, after all, how Triple H prefers it.
OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA
ANY WIN = 2 POINTS
US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS
NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X
SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS
WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS
The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 30 and culminates with WrestleMania 31. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!
Monday Night Raw -- 3/9/15
Main Event-- 3/10/15
Smackdown -- 3/12/15
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 50 *TOP TEN*
1. RUSEV -- 115.5 points
2. Dolph Ziggler -- 89
3. Seth Rollins -- 84
4. John Cena -- 71
5. Roman Reigns -- 68
6. Sheamus -- 65
7. Cesaro -- 64
8. Dean Ambrose -- 58.5
9. Bad News Barrett -- 53.5
10. Bray Wyatt -- 51.5
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!