When Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman were appointment WWE SmackDown and Raw Executive Directors respectively, it didn't take long for talk to turn to Triple H.
Long considered Vince McMahon's heir apparent, it looked like 'The Game' had been passed over, with Heyman and Bischoff seemingly queue-jumping their way up the WWE hierarchy. Whether or not this is the case remains to be seen, however.
On the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez speculated that one of the reasons Triple H didn't get Bischoff's job on SmackDown was because he may have felt it would reflect poorly on him if he couldn't help solve the show's viewership problem.
This makes sense. Though it's more Alvarez and Meltzer's opinion than anything else, the cratering main roster product's chronic ratings problem would represent a big challenge and a massive risk for a man who has rebuilt his backstage reputation as NXT's head honcho.
Last week brought reports that Triple H had actually turned Bischoff's position down, though these were quickly rubbished by Ryan Satin and Sean Ross Sapp. Regardless, it looks like 'The Game' will continue in his current role for the foreseeable future.
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