Unsuccessful attempt by Austin Theory to cash in on his Money in the Bank is a perplexing choice for a variety of reasons, none of which can be attributed to the previous administration.
Vince McMahon left some terrible creative disasters for Triple H to manage. And it appears that he has begun making some of his own now.
For those who were unaware of what transpired, Theory degraded his own contract in an effort to capture a midcard title, while also squandering his cash-in on an open challenge, and also failed to win.
In every way, he miserably failed. Not only does he come off looking horrible, but the idea of Money in the Bank as a whole also suffered.
Triple H made the deliberate decision to kill one of its best gimmicks and probably the most promising future superstar. There were a lot of other, much better ways to handle this.
If Triple H thought Austin Theory must lose that briefcase he should have made him cash in on Roman Reigns. He could have done so at Clash at the Castle or at the SummerSlam.
Roman Reigns has been undefeated for years now. Theory failing to cash in for the World Championship against him would not have harmed him much.
Even The Bloodline, Tyson Fury, Solo Sikoa or Brock Lesnar ruining his cash in attempt was a great alternative. However, Triple H chose to bury Theory for good.
First, Austin Theory was handed a 15-match losing streak, wasting all the push he got and the efforts he put in. It also ruined everything Mr. McMahon did on live TV to put him over.
He then failed to cash in even on US Championship, against a completely beat down Seth Rollins just didn’t make sense. He should have won that bout.
US and IC Championships are mid-card titles and wouldn’t have changed things by much. Austin Theory would have justified this cash in by accepting that it was hard to get past The Blooline and cash in on Roman.
He could have successfully cashed in on NXT Championship as well. This was something that would not have caused the whole idea of Money In The Bank briefcase to take a hit.
Triple H becoming the Creative Head has surely bettered some things. However, one must accept that Hunter is too rigid at times, and hard to understand. This is something he shares with Vince McMahon.