It’s been a year full of surprises in professional wrestling, but Triple H will win the nod as Booker of the Year when it is all said and done.
Every year, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter releases its list of awards, and one of the awards is Booker of The Year. This award goes to the best overall booking amongst all of the professional wrestling companies. Tony Khan has won this Award for his booking of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for two consecutive years. This year, we will see a new name win this award and it will be Paul Levesque aka Triple H and there are many reasons why.
Before we even get to the obvious highlights of bringing CM Punk and Jade Cargill from AEW, let’s look at what he has done before those signings. There is nobody who is booking perfect wrestling. Everyone makes mistakes along the way and that is the beauty of professional wrestling. Some things work, some things don’t. He has brought people back to the company after being gone for a while. Some have been great since returning, some haven’t.
It’s not just about bringing CM Punk back to WWE after being gone for nearly a decade. Or luring Cody Rhodes from AEW back to WWE to finish his story. The overall product has improved tremendously since Levesque took over creative.
The one main blemish on the surface for booking in WWE has been Monday Night Raw. We will leave whether it needs to go back to a two-hour show argument for another day. For most of the past two months, we have been some sort of variation of The Judgement Day against Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, and Jey Uso. During these months it got quite repetitious, but it all came full circle once Randy Orton returned at Survivor Series.
Without the build-up of this feud, the match wouldn’t have meant as much as it did. In hindsight, it ended up benefiting everyone involved in the match.
A huge advantage Triple H has in his bookings is he was not only a former wrestler, but he is one of the greatest of all time. He mentioned in an interview with Sports Illustrated:
"“Writing this stuff is a feel,” said Levesque. “You can analyze stories and how they come together, but how does it make you feel? If you can make people feel those stories, they’re going to be invested in the product. That’s how we try to approach, find that ultimate emotional place for the talent and the characters and the stories they’re in.”"
This mindset has helped turn a corner in WWE. Per Wrestlenomics, under Triple H, the ratings have improved significantly with him leading the charge in creative.
For a while, Shawn Michaels was running away as the front-runner for Booker of the Year (and still may be many’s pick), but what Triple H has done with creating new top-level factions other than The Bloodline, he has resurrected the Women’s division and is giving new talent title opportunities. You add that to doing the impossible and doing what was best for business and bringing Punk back to WWE and it’s a done deal.
Triple H will dethrone AEW’s Khan and eliminate his chance at a three-peat and win the nod for Booker of The Year.