The anticipation leading up to WWE's SummerSlam event was charged with speculation, and one match that many fans were eagerly expecting to see was a face-off between Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus. This anticipation stemmed from Stratus's victory over Lynch in May's Night of Champions, achieved through dishonest means.
Since that time, Lynch has been fervently seeking a rematch. She even defeated Trish's friend Zoey Stark, which many believed secured her a match against Stratus. However, WWE chose to steer in a different direction. The decision was made clear on the preceding week's episode of Raw, with the announcement that the Lynch-Stratus match would take place on the August 14th edition of Raw, instead of at SummerSlam.
This decision sparked a variety of opinions among fans and analysts alike. Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE's Chief Content Officer, has been at the helm of the creative team for over a year, and many credit him with enhancing the product's quality.
While Vince McMahon still has some influence, the on-screen product is mainly seen as a Triple H creation. Last night's SummerSlam event in Detroit consisted of eight matches that spanned over 4 hours and 15 minutes, culminating in an enthralling spectacle.
Triple H Denies SummerSlam Cuts
During the post-show press conference, Triple H addressed the rumor that certain matches had been cut from the SummerSlam card. He emphasized that nothing was removed from the lineup. Rather, matches like Lynch-Stratus were never officially announced for the show.
Triple H said, “There is always going to be criticism of everything we do. My only thing is, one, have patience, two, there is always another thing around the corner. Nothing was cut. There was no card announced”. He further explained the dynamics of planning an event, adding, “If we don’t have more things in the pocket ready to go for a PLE than can fit in the PLE, I’ve done a terrible job.
If it had been longer, it would have been bad. There comes a time where you say, ‘does everything get shorter time? Does everything get rushed and hurried, or do we move things around, shift it, and give it a bigger spotlight?’ As a performer, for me, I’d rather have a bigger spotlight.
That’s how I look at it”. Triple H's comments shine a light on the complexity of managing such a large event and the multifaceted considerations that come into play. While fans may feel disappointed, his insights remind us that there is often more to the decision-making process than meets the eye.