Triple H’s leadership has led to a considerable change in mood within WWE over the past month.
An increase in TV ratings has been influenced by longer matches and more consistent storytelling, previously underused stars have seen greater exposure, more emphasis has been placed on the women’s division and a number of former Superstars who had been released by McMahon have been re-signed.
Speaking to Sportskeeda Wrestling, veteran Dutch Mantell stated he believes Triple H has made a “big, big difference already.” Mantell explained talent won’t be afraid to pitch their ideas :
“Most of those great ideas backstage, they didn’t come from the writer. They came from the talent. That’s the way it used to be. People actually feel that the show is more relaxed. Even the announcers are saying things you’ve never heard. They’re saying ‘wrestler,’ ‘belt,’ and things you couldn’t say.”
Mantell continued, revealing he thinks the WWE locker room is now “more relaxed and laidback” with The Game in control:
“I think if you talk over the fans, I think that p***es them off too. They’re going to put up with it because they have no choice. But I never understood that – why they try to talk above their pay level. But, I guess hospitals was sounding too dangerous. I don’t know what it was. I think the whole atmosphere and mood of the WWE dressing room is more relaxed and laidback.”
More changes continue to take place in WWE. Recently, Shawn Michaels was given a major promotion where he now has the title of WWE Vice President of Talent Development Creative whilst Road Dogg has rejoined the company as SVP Of WWE Live Events.
One change that seemingly won’t be happening anytime soon is to move programming to TV-14. Reports back in July suggested a move was imminent, however recent reports suggest that there are no current plans to change the company’s television rating.