When Triple H made an emotional return to public life over WrestleMania weekend, the only thing for sure was that nothing was for sure.
'The Game' left his boots in the ring at 'The Show Of Shows', but the symbolic gesture has been bastardised by others doing that or similar over the years. And wrestling has offered so many "never say never" examples in the last decade alone that it'd be foolish to assume anything is forever. One night earlier, he'd appeared on the stage at NXT Stand & Deliver to say farewell to Tommaso Ciampa, despite nobody really knowing his status with his former brand since the "2.0" changeover. Everything felt a bit off, as, from the outside, observers attempted to assess what it as he actually did in WWE anymore.
Then he got arguably the biggest job in the whole company and maybe in all of wrestling. Never say never.
Vince McMahon resigned in disgrace, but an exit of any kind was long, long overdue, and Triple H has thus far made a committed start to life as a booker with one of the easiest standing starts in wrestling history. But what, exactly are his takes on the roster he's inherited, the returnees he's quickly blooded in, and everybody else now under his watchful eye?
(The SmackDown lot will follow soon on WhatCulture.com, but it's Raw where much of Hunter's early focus seems to have gone, so we'll do the red brand first too...)
41. AJ Styles
"Sorry you'll never get 25 minutes at WrestleMania with me or 'The Deadman' kid, but you're the best B+ Player we got around here."