We are two weeks deep into the brand split. RAW and Smackdown are running separate shows with individual rosters. The WWE appears to be back at full strength and it feels like the wrestling business is about to get hot again. Looking at the rosters and who is on top right now and the up and coming guys it’s safe to say that the Triple H era of the WWE has begun.
As the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative the Cerebral Assassin’s fingerprints are all over the current roster you see. He is the creator of the Performance Center down at Full Sail which facilitates the company’s NXT training ground which has grown from a developmental league to a full functioning third brand for the organization.
Not since Jim Ross was in charge of the talent acquisitions during the Attitude Era have things looked so promising. Taking a look at the top of the card and seeing names like Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Sasha Banks we see that the system is functioning at a high level and Hunter deserves a lot of credit for seeing the future of how the company is going to have find and make new stars.
As fans we reap the benefits of a week that starts off with a live RAW and Smackdown on Monday and Tuesdays to be followed by the Wednesday NXT show. Tag Team wrestling is on the upswing with teams like New Day, American Alpha and Enzo and Cass just to name a few. We could be watching what may turn out to be the best ever era of women’s wrestling the world has seen. The emergence of Sasha Banks, Bayley and Nia Jax is a far cry from the Diva era that we were rescued from.
Under this current the regime the company has proven it wants to expand its international footprint, which is especially true in Asia. Bringing over talents like Hideo Itami and Asuka is a definite play for the Japanese market. Triple H’s biggest coup was the signing of four of New Japan’s top superstars who got to showcase their talents to the world during Wrestle Kingdom. AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Shinsuke Nakamura all coming to the company is the equivalent to all out raid. Add Kota Ibushi to the mix who is starring the first ever Cruiserweight tournament you can make any company better.
Not being afraid to bring in seasoned vets like Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode the future is only looking up for this diverse roster that can power 3 shows a week to bring you 6 hours of original wrestling content. The era of The Game as the man in charge could be a special one for the business as a whole.
Keith B. Holt
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