Triple H Extends Performer Contract with WWE for 3 More Years
Forbes – It was revealed Tuesday that Triple H has signed a new three-year wrestler deal. Earlier this year, Chris Smith of Forbes reported Triple H made over $3 million in 2015, which includes $2.8 million in WWE pay and $600,000 in future company stock grants.
Triple H, whose official title is Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, was the third-highest paid wrestler in 2015 behind John Cena ($9.5 million) and Brock Lesnar ($6 million).
Triple H’s extension will allow the Game to continue wrestling through WrestleMania 35, and his propensity to losing to WWE’s rising stars will play a key role in solidifying the New Era.
The onscreen COO spent yet another WrestleMania on his back after losing to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 32. A lightning-rod for polarizing, impassioned responses, Reigns is now a rising star in his own right. Despite WWE’s annual ratings erosion, Reigns’ angle against AJ Styles is outperforming all others on Raw and SmackDown based last week’s YouTube ratings, with over 3.2 million views on Raw and over 1.6 million views on SmackDown.
The various methods of consuming media, and the increased phenomena of cord-cutting and live streaming, have made WWE less of a television-driven product. This wasacknowledged by Vince McMahon during the fourth quarter 2015 earnings call. The one thing that isn’t expected to change, is Triple H’s willingness to usher in a new generation.
Triple H’s loss to an heir apparent is nothing new. He came out on the losing end at WrestleManias 21, 22 and 24 to Batista, John Cena and Randy Orton, respectively, all of whom used these victories to build their legacies as top stars.
With at least three more years as an in-ring performer, barring an unforeseen injury or contract termination, Triple H will be able to work with WWE’s influx of new talent who will benefit from both wrestling and defeating a venerable staple of the company.