They’re as predictable as clockwork, and have provided fodder for many an online joke. I know I’ve taken shots at the social media photos Triple H poses for with every new WWE signee, first time NXT champ or main roster call-up.
But in a red carpet chat from the Mae Young Classic with the fine folks over at Uproxx’s McMahonsplaining podcast, Trips explained why he does it. And it makes a lot of sense:
“You know why I take pictures with everybody? Because I'm more famous. When I do that, and I take a picture, just on Twitter alone I got six million people that see it when I tap that picture. I make them something bigger, and that's the attempt.
When they don't need it, I don't stand next to them anymore. When people ask me, 'Well, why didn't you stand next to that guy when he won the title on SmackDown?' He doesn't need it. He didn't need that promotion. If I can help them, I help them. If I can take them to another level, I try to take them to another level. That's what this is all about, creating the future. If I can do that, and help create the future, then I do.
When I don't need to step into that, I'm happy to step out of it. Trust me, when they come to get me to shoot that picture when I'm pointing at the guy, it is the last thing I possibly want to do at that moment in time, is go take that picture, but I have to do it.”
It’s a very Triple H answer. There’s some ego involved - both in the “I’m famous” declaration and his vision of himself as “creator of the future” - but he’s not wrong on either count. And the photos are a very effective promotional technique.
I might make jokes about them, but they get posted to Cageside, where whoever he’s with gets exposed to a few people who didn’t know who they were before The Game tweeted them shaking his hand while he pointed at them.
No wonder his territory is doing better than mine.
H/T: Wrestling Inc for transcription