Former WWE Writer Talks Heat With Stephanie McMahon, WWE's Future Under Triple H, More


He's at a different point in his life and in his career. I don't think he's a guy right now that -- I think he's so preoccupied about so much stuff that I don't think he really cares about the wins and losses as much as he used to. [Laughs.]

WrestlingINC: Then again, he hasn't really lost. Outside of The Undertaker, he hasn't lost in years. Even with the feud with CM Punk, it would have helped C.M. Punk get to the next level. It didn't really seem to make much sense to have Triple H go over.

Bauer: But if you push back and look at the larger picture, there was a lot of parody booking going on. I get a win, you get a win. If you look at CM Punk and how they were really kind of Jekyll and Hyde on that with creative. They got him very hot and then they beat him at SummerSlam. He had problems with Triple H and then the match with Nash. It wasn't a smooth ride up until Triple H.

WrestlingINC: So, if you had to give a prediction for SummerSlam, what would you predict?

Bauer: [Laughs.] I can't predict WWE because you have a guy that's almost 70-years-old running the coming that sometimes forgets what's up. It's very hard to predict a company that is so impulsive and has such erratic booking. It really is impossible. If this was 2000, you could probably say, 'OK, this is going to lead to this and this is going to lead to this but we know Steve Austin is probably going to do this.' And if they didn't go in that way, then they'd go in a different way. But we always felt satisfied as a viewer and as a fan.

Today, if anything, you've either become numb to it or indifferent when they do these kinds of moves because you've seen so many of these dicey, creative directions for so many of their guys.

But, I just want to talk a little bit about Triple H. I don't think he is a prolific mind. I don't think he is able to fill Vince McMahon's shoes because no one can. When Vince was at his best, was a guy that could do marketing, a guy that could cut deals with licensing people like Mattel, LJN, Hasbro -- whatever it was. He was a guy that could cut deals with Donald Trump, that could get on NBC with Dick Ebersol. He was able to create stars and be all these things and wear so many hats. Executive producer, brander, marketing guy, the final say with booking. Just being the president of a company, the CEO of a company -- he wore a lot of hats. I don't really think Hunter could do that.

It's very hard. I don't think he has the ability in terms of marketing and branding and I don't know if he's a guy, like Vince, that could get the locker room behind him. Vince could get guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels losing their minds because they wanted to be the father's number one son. And he knows that he could do that, he was brilliant at it. I don't think Hunter will ever get the loyalty of the locker room. If TNA came at them and they were spending a gazillion dollars, I don't think people would get Hunter's back like they did with Vince with The Undertaker as an example. I don't think Hunter would get that.

Hunter's almost 45 and to start learning corporate America at that age is very difficult. At any age, it's very difficult, but when you get older, it's much harder to be that dynamic and switch gears. I think that's a big problem.

Those issues aside, I think Hunter has a very hard time right now. He's just trying to keep the ship afloat. I know this, I've heard it front friends and colleagues on the inside: It's very difficult working for Vince McMahon in 2012. He forgets what he's doing in terms of creative. He forgets during a TV taping what the match order is, what's happening and sometimes who's booked to be at TV. He's just a guy that's almost in a bit of a diminished capacity. Not from a health direction, necessarily, but overall. He isn't the guy that he was 5, 15 years ago. It's a different time. That's going to happen as you get older.

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