I'm a hardcore wrestling fan and a card-carrying member of the Internet wrestling community, but I'm about to give some credit to Paul "Triple H" Levesque.
Let that sink in for a second.
Now, before the Internet wrestling community attempts to burn me at the stake for committing such a horrible act of treason, hear me out.
Although it has become an unwritten rule among wrestling fans to hate Triple H and the power he wields, we have to give credit where credit is due.
While some believe he has used, and sometimes abused, his power within the WWE to make things beneficial for him and him alone, he has, in reality, done a lot of good since donning the suit and gaining more say inside the ivory tower in Stamford, Conn.
Among the good is placing a lot of emphasis on the development of new talent in the WWE. Whether the WWE is doing everything exactly right with NXT and the Performance Center is still to be determined, but putting effort into finding and developing new stars by putting money behind such an endeavor is certainly admirable, not to mention smart.
But where Triple H has really made his mark isn't with the superstars of the future. It's with the superstars of the past.
World Championship Wrestling legend Sting was recently announced as the pre-order bonus for the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game. To commemorate the occasion, the WWE began selling a Sting t-shirt on its web site.
This marks the first time Sting (real name Steve Borden) has been involved with the WWE on a business level. It’s something that some people never thought they would have seen. That’s been happening a lot lately.
Who would have thought Bruno Sammartino would accept an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame? Who would have thought The Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig) would finally bury the hatchet with the WWE and go into the Hall of Fame as well?
Add to that Brock Lesnar, Rob Van Dam and Batista all returning to the ring. Who’s the driving force behind most if not all of this? Triple H.
For whatever reason, maybe because he’s a former wrestler himself, these men trusted Triple H to do right by them.
Triple H wasn’t just trying to make new friendships or rekindle old ones. He was doing, wait for it, what was best for business. Triple H doing what was best for business has provided us fans the opportunity to properly show respect to Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior.
It has also allowed us to see Lesnar, Van Dam and Batista in the ring again.
Whether or not Triple H was the driving force behind Sting jumping on board is not yet known, but his recent history with similiar matters leads me to believe that he had at least some involvement with this.
His involvement may also allow us to see Sting on live WWE television for the first time ever. How much can one hate about that?