Wrestling enthusiasts often attribute unpopular or perplexing WWE decisions to Vince McMahon, the former WWE Chairman. However, this assumption does not matter concerning the recent decision to resurrect the World Heavyweight Championship.
Contrary to popular belief, McMahon was not involved in introducing a third-world title, reports Sports Illustrated. The responsibility for this decision falls on WWE Chief Content Officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship announcement revealed that the first champion would be crowned at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia on May 27.
This move was initiated by Triple H, who favors the idea of each brand boasting its champion. With Roman Reigns solidly established as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and likely remaining on "WWE SmackDown" with the unified belts through the draft, this presented an opportunity for "WWE Raw" to have its exclusive title—a setup Triple H endorses.
Misconceptions Surrounding Championship Decision
Since Vince McMahon retired from the company in 2022, Triple H has been responsible for WWE's creative direction. However, McMahon's return to the boardroom in January brought his opinions on the company's creative direction back into the spotlight, resulting in several changes.
This dynamic led many fans to mistakenly believe introducing the new championship was one of McMahon's decisions. Triple H's connection to the World Heavyweight Championship spans decades. In 2002, he was the first-ever champion of the original World Heavyweight Championship on "Raw." The new championship belt design pays homage to the Big Gold Belt of WWE's original World Heavyweight Championship design while incorporating a large WWE logo in the center of the main plate and on both sides.
The decision to introduce the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship reflects Triple H's vision for the company's future. With his extensive experience as a wrestler, executive, and creative mind, Triple H aims to create a distinct identity for each brand within the WWE.
By having unique champions for "WWE Raw" and "WWE SmackDown," he seeks to foster healthy competition between the brands and maintain fan interest in both shows. While McMahon's influence remains strong in the WWE, it is essential to recognize the contributions and decision-making power of other key figures like Triple H.
As the company continues to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing world of professional wrestling, these individuals' creative and business decisions will shape the future of WWE and redefine the industry.