3 Key Points:
- WrestleMania 40 set to be first without McMahon’s ownership, despite being staged in Philadelphia.
- Triple H to curate WWE Hall of Fame class as head of creative following Endeavor acquisition.
- Rey Mysterio’s induction while still active reflects potential shift in Hall of Fame criteria.
WrestleMania’s New Creative Direction
As Philadelphia prepares to host WrestleMania 40 next year, the pro wrestling landscape faces significant shifts. This event will mark a historic moment—it’s the first WrestleMania not overseen by the McMahon family. Endeavor’s acquisition of WWE in September initiated these changes, moving Vince McMahon away from the helm and elevating Triple H to the lead creative role.
Triple H Assumes Command of Hall of Fame
The responsibility of selecting inductees for WWE’s prestigious Hall of Fame now resides with Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, traditional considerations will still play a role. These factors include representational criteria and popular figures known to fans, alongside strategic political reasons for certain inductions.
Influence on Selection Process
Insights suggest that while the Hall of Fame remains a creative entity under Triple H’s domain, external influences like Nick Khan’s political motivations might also impact selections. Nevertheless, the creative department, and thus Triple H, would ultimately approve Hall of Fame candidates.
Active Inductees: A New Trend?
In a move that could signify changing policies for Hall of Fame inductions, Rey Mysterio was honored this year while he continues to compete. This reflects a potential openness to celebrating the careers of current superstars within the WWE’s storied gallery of legends.
As we approach WrestleMania 40, fans and insiders alike will watch closely to see how these changes under Triple H’s guidance reshape the WWE’s approach to tradition and celebration of its wrestling icons.