Wrestlemania weekend wasn’t just noteworthy for huge WWE returns and heartbreaking retirements, it also contained an excellent amount of Triple H photoshopping. Following Triple H posing with his own cardboard cutout, the Internet quickly collaged Triple Triple H, Quattro Triple H, and now, in the most recent multiple, Decahedron Triple H. That’s 30 Hs, maths fans.
— Kevin Logan (@jagerbomb5150) April 1, 2017
@KayinNasaki on Twitter has taken The Game one step further, horrifically recreating Randy Orton’s Wrestlemania 25 feud with the Cerebral Assassin, superimposing eight Triple Hs on the ring mat from his match against Bray Wyatt at the weekend.
Bray Wyatt has gone too far pic.twitter.com/fUxoraAEf0
— Kayin (@KayinNasaki) April 3, 2017
If Wrestlemania was measured by the amount of Triple Hs, this year’s would be an outstanding success. Instead, as pay-per-view buy rates are no longer really a thing for WWE, the company goes by the Network subscriber count.
In their quarterly conference call, Chief Strategy and Financial Officer George Barrios revealed the amount had increased from 1.5 million on January 31st to 1.95. While that’s an impressive figure, with the rate of growth increasing from last year, only 1.66 million of those are paid, as WWE offered month free subscriptions to boost the number.
Near the end of the call, investors asked about the recent reports that WWE were in talks to buy Ring of Honor. WWE replied they’re always looking to “super serve” content to the fans and all possibilities are being explored. ‘Super serve’ – that’s great. I like the sound of that. Finally WWE might start putting on longer shows.
Among the many highlights on last night’s fantastic post-Mania episode of Raw was Vince McMahon revealing there would be a “superstar shake up” next week. WWE.com expanded on this, writing: “The WWE Chairman will be granting both sides an opportunity to make trades, deals and other moves that they feel fit.”
This appears to be a few trades between brands rather than a full WWE Draft. AJ Styles to Raw and Roman Reigns and New Day to Smackdown have been rumoured in recent months, and you’d expect those who lost on Monday night for no reason – like Charlotte, Enzo and Big Cass – to also be switching brands. Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan will appear on next week’s Raw to conduct the trades with Monday Night’s new man in charge, Kurt Angle.
One wrestler who most likely won’t be available for drafting, however, is Bill Goldberg. On the episode’s post-show Raw Talk, Goldberg came down to the ring and cut an unscripted promo thanking his wife and son at ringside. Bill then invited his son into the ring, who proceeded to fall over the barricade, prompting Goldberg to joke:
“Look, he even takes bumps already. Hell, that’s one more than I’ve taken in my entire career until last night.”.
Bill continued, trying to defeat Titus O’Neil for his Celebrity Dad of the Year 2015 award:
“I was able to take that Universal championship title to my son’s school. The pride that I felt standing in front of those kids and his teacher and my son was immeasurable…Now this could possibly be the last time you ever see me in a ring…since I still believe that I am one of the biggest, baddest sum bitches on this planet, you never know what or who’s next. One more thing…never say never.”
Dave Meltzer has explained on Wrestling Observer Radio that Goldberg’s WWE contract is indeed now up, but many in the company deem his run a success. The door is probably open for Goldberg to do more matches, but, as he told Edge and Christian on their podcast, the amount of training to stay in superhero shape at 50 years old made him “miserable”, and he may not want to undergo that again.