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So, just a quick preface here. What follows below will not hold up under careful scrutiny. This was mostly just a fun exercise in trying to connect the dots and fill in the blanks. If WWE ever provides an explanation of the events of the past year and a half, will that hold up to careful scrutiny? Will it make things more confusing? Any explanation will naturally lead to us dissecting it and asking questions like “Well, why did _____ do _____ on mm/dd/yyyy when s/he could have just done _____ three months earlier?”

Any story, including this one and the one told by WWE, will be convoluted and will have inconsistencies. Some of the stuff that happened here do not make sense and of course, would never happen in real life. But, in terms of connecting the dots, I’m actually surprised at how well some of the major plot points fell into place. Having said that, here is my explanation of the conspiracy to oust Vince McMahon.

(I couldn't finish writing the whole thing before tonight's RAW started. I wanted to get something out there in case any of it is revealed to be true. )

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The first question to ask is the easiest to answer: Why? Why would the Board of Directors and other power players within WWE conspire to have Vince McMahon removed as Chairman? The answer is surprisingly simple. On October 16, 2009, Shane McMahon resigned from WWE. Shane’s resignation was a startling wakeup call to the Board. It became painfully obvious at that instant that Vince would never willingly step down as Chairman – that in reality, he would only give up his position when he died. Vince McMahon’s own son resigned from the company. Was Shane the heir apparent to the WWE empire? He might’ve been, but he was now gone. What kind of future would there be for the company?

The Board needed to secure the future of the company and develop a plan of seamless continuity and transition to a new Chairman. The company had just lost one potential successor. The Board wanted to avoid, at all costs, losing the other: Triple H. Triple H is the same age as Shane McMahon, and the Board could not risk having Triple H resign as everyone waited, frankly, for Vince to die (because he surely would not step down).

The Board of Directors approached Triple H (a) to help have Vince McMahon removed from power and (b) to express confidence in him as Vince’s successor. The idea was to create an actionable event that would occur under Vince’s watch for which the Board could legally express a vote of no confidence (and, subsequently, have Vince removed from power). As an expression of good faith, the Board would formalize Triple H’s current corporate position and title within the company as Senior Advisor.

After much internal debate, Triple H agreed to the proposal. Triple H’s idea was to install a group of outlaws, free to create chaos, on the RAW roster. He based his idea on his own dealings as lieutenant (and then leader) of DX and his friendships with the co-founders of the nWo. In Vince’s own words, Triple H’s idea was to “inject a lethal dose of poison” into WWE. The specific objectives of this group were not as yet identified.

Triple H used his power and position within the company to develop the WWE NXT television show. On the surface, NXT was simply a medium designed to find the next breakout star. As such, his idea was blessed by Vince McMahon. In reality, all of the show’s participants were always going to be members of Triple H’s outlaw group. The true purpose of the show, then, was to discover who would be the most appropriate leader of this new group. To that end, Triple H specifically assigned CM Punk as one of the coaches, based on Punk’s success in leading and mentoring the cult known as the Straight Edge Society. Future seasons of NXT were originally meant to grow and/or replenish the group’s roster.

Punk, naturally, hated his new role, because he thought he was being tasked with helping some party boy win some stupid competition. At some point during the course of the show, Triple H confided the master plan to Punk. He revealed that he wanted Punk to mentor the standout star of the show (the most charismatic) to become an effective leader of the group of outlaws. When it became more and more obvious that Wade Barrett was the standout star, Punk began mentoring him behind Chris Jericho’s back. Punk did what he could in a short period of time to mold Barrett into a leader that the other NXT rookies would gladly follow. Punk told Barrett that everything that they did would serve a higher purpose, though he did not reveal that purpose. Barrett would then use the same rally cry to lead the other rookies, who knew nothing of the grand plan or of Punk’s involvement.

On June 7, 2010, the Nexus struck. The natural choice for their first target was John Cena, the biggest star of the company. The Nexus established immediate dominance and posed an immediate threat to the company. An unfortunate consequence was that CM Punk was attacked as well, since he was voted by the WWE Universe to be Cena’s opponent for the night. Punk had to play his role and take a beating. As will be seen later, however, the events of this night would provide a critical idea to both Triple H and Punk.

In order for Triple H’s plan to work, he needed to protect the Nexus so that they could run rampant. The next target for the Nexus was then-RAW General Manager Bret Hart. The attack on Hart pleased his nemesis Vince McMahon. As such, Triple H found it easy to convince Vince to have himself installed as the General Manager of RAW. He also convinced Vince that he should remain anonymous. Vince was happy to agree. Anonymity helped create plausible deniability for the Board of Directors. A natural question to ask is: was the installation of Bret Hart as General Manager in the first place the idea of Triple H and the Board of Directors?

The next step was obvious. Vince McMahon was the third target of Nexus. The attack on Vince caused Vince to slip into a coma. Triple H granted contracts to all Nexus members and was now free to guide Nexus to create chaos on RAW.

The master plan with Nexus started unraveling almost immediately. Daniel Bryan showed remorse for the attack on John Cena. Bryan showed that he was not easily manipulated by a cult mentality. CM Punk was forced to direct Wade Barrett to kick Bryan out of the group.

The master plan with Nexus finished unraveling nearly two months after Nexus was formed. In order for the plan to succeed, the seven remaining members of Nexus needed to defeat John Cena’s team at Summerslam. Nexus lost the match and thus, their credibility. Triple H needed to regroup.



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Enjoy'd. I would love if it there was a payoff to Nexus and the Raw GM that tied into everything, but considering the cataclysmic climax that has been the dissolution of the Corre and the "who cares" erosion of the New Nexus, I have no hopes. (The big reveal should've happened in January when Punk joined Nexus in the first place, with him being the long-term puppetmaster instead of the "hey how about this now" and subsequent Corre bullshit.) I strongly believe Triple H was intended during summer 2010 to be revealed as the GM and/or part of the Nexus plan, but they dropped it because he got injured when he was originally supposed to be back by August, then they screwed up Nexus during the fall, so just brought him back to do the Undertaker match instead.

I can only wonder how Dr. Freddie Prinze Jr. fits into this conspiracy.
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Hmmm. This might have been it, exactly. (Except I don't credit WWE with this level of long-term planning or, for that matter, hindsight). And the angle would necessarily turn Triple H heel, but you figure that'll happen eventually anyway.



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The reveal of this would need some flashbacks narrated by HHH, showing him using his time after Sheamus injured him to travel around the globe recruiting the various members of the Nexus.

For example, we would see Heath Slater performing on stage as a One Man Rock Band (think one of those old time One Man Band rigs with a drum on his back, but everything is electric!) to the adoration of fans, and then a hooded HHH waits for him in the alley exit that Slater ducks through to avoid the mob of autograph hounds.

Then, down in South Africa, we'd see Justin Gabriel as a government official hunting down blood diamond traffickers (his goofy initial ring gear would be explained as being part of his government uniform), but it turns out the man he was tracking had already been Pedigreed (and pinned, for no discernable reason other than HHH can't help it) by HHH, who has an offer for Gabriel

Meanwhile, David Otunga would be sending an e-mail to the mysterious person who had @davidotunga taken on Twitter in an attempt to get it for himself. The twitter squatter would agree to give him the account, but only of Otunga was willing to participate in a new WWE talent contest...

We'd see similar things for Barrett, Bryan and Sheffield, and finally, when HHH had assembled them all, Mike Tarver would just be standing off to the side backstage by himself and they'd all just assume he was part of things the whole time.

The only other unanswered question I see here is the motivation for having Barrett send the Nexus after Undertaker, but I believe I can fill that one in. What if HHH wasn't the only candidate to replace Vince on the Board's shortlist? What if the Undertaker was also in the running, due to his veteran status and, more importantly, his executive leadership history as the CEO of Deadman, Inc.? Naturally, HHH would see a need to eliminate this more qualified candidate.
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Triple H taking out the Undertaker via Nexus is an easy one; Wrestlemania.



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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    Meanwhile, David Otunga would be sending an e-mail to the mysterious person who had @davidotunga taken on Twitter in an attempt to get it for himself. The twitter squatter would agree to give him the account, but only of Otunga was willing to participate in a new WWE talent contest...


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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    Meanwhile, David Otunga would be sending an e-mail to the mysterious person who had @davidotunga taken on Twitter in an attempt to get it for himself. The twitter squatter would agree to give him the account, but only of Otunga was willing to participate in a new WWE talent contest...


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This is getting oddly close to that insane Big Apple Takedown book from a few years ago:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Apple_Take_Down



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If we're going to fantasy backflash book, how about a fuzzy view of some nerd (let's say, a long haired middle aged wrestling nerd just identified by some initials or something) teaching Trips how to email his general manager messages to Cole.



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Good stuff. You make the last year of WWE TV sound like a masterpiece.

I'd argue that only a portion of the board would be involved with the conspiracy. Otherwise, I do not see why they would not have removed Vince during his coma period. The way I see it, there are still a contingent of McMahon loyalists on the board, and some swing vote moderates as well. The moderates were still too sympathetic towards Vince to remove him during his health crisis. Perhaps the Hunter loyalists on the board were hoping that the coma would have been enough to secure sufficient votes for a no confidence motion at that point. When the moderates remained unwilling to vote for that, the Hunter loyalists continued their main plan to make a conscious Vince appear out of control.

Other things that should be tied into the grand plan: NXT Season 3's purpose. Was it just to show that WWE programming was falling apart, or was it more than that? Also: Aloisia.

Whose side is The Rock on, if any? It seems curious for him to make his long awaited return in the midst of the coup.

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    Originally posted by Dionysus
    I'd argue that only a portion of the board would be involved with the conspiracy. Otherwise, I do not see why they would not have removed Vince during his coma period. The way I see it, there are still a contingent of McMahon loyalists on the board, and some swing vote moderates as well. The moderates were still too sympathetic towards Vince to remove him during his health crisis. Perhaps the Hunter loyalists on the board were hoping that the coma would have been enough to secure sufficient votes for a no confidence motion at that point. When the moderates remained unwilling to vote for that, the Hunter loyalists continued their main plan to make a conscious Vince appear out of control.

You're absolutely right on this and I would revise it accordingly. Triple H's co-conspirators were only certain Directors, not all of them.

There's no way that I can follow the imaginations of Justin and the Dr., but I continued to write the story anyway. If you're interested in indulging me, here's the next part...




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August 2010 – December 2010

Triple H’s plan to have Vince McMahon removed from power using his Nexus project failed when the Nexus lost to John Cena’s team at SummerSlam 2010. The failure forced Triple H to regroup and develop a new plan. Despite the failure and the fact that the Nexus began being plagued with injury and in-fighting almost immediately after SummerSlam, Triple H realized that Wade Barrett could still be utilized to help achieve certain (immediate) objectives of whatever the new plan was. But once those objectives were met, Triple H would have no more use for the Nexus.

Triple H began developing a new plan of action. His idea now centered on a new and more well-defined endgame: the firing of John Cena. When Triple H confided this idea to his co-conspirators on the Board (at some point during September 2010), the Directors threatened to kill the plan immediately. Firing John Cena would be catastrophic to WWE, and the Directors made it clear that they would in no way allow this to occur. Triple H allowed a sly grin to show as he assured the Directors that Cena would not really be fired. His intention was to create and maneuver circumstances in such a way that Vince McMahon (provided, of course, he recovered from his coma) would try to fire John Cena. The reactions of the Directors told Triple H that the threat of firing Cena would surely cause the Board to act and begin proceedings to have Vince removed from power.

Before any new plan could be put into effect, Triple H needed to do a little housecleaning. Firstly, Triple H wanted to get CM Punk onto the RAW roster to be able to provide more direct support. If Punk was on RAW, he would be able to communicate directly with (and thus, more strongly influence) Wade Barrett. Secondly, Triple H found himself distracted by the actions of Chris Jericho and Edge. Edge and Jericho were dissidents who effectively abandoned WWE in the war against the Nexus. In addition, Jericho had claimed to be close to discovering the identity of the anonymous RAW General Manager. Triple H knew that Jericho would never actually be able to do that, but Jericho going on live television saying he could was causing an unnecessary distraction. Triple H needed to get both of them off of RAW. He wanted to send both to Smackdown. Interestingly, though, he received an unexpected assist from Randy Orton, when Orton punted Jericho in the head, putting Jericho out of action indefinitely. Orton’s attack solved one of Triple H’s problems (and gave Triple H an idea that would be used later to solve another). Then, Triple H (as the RAW GM), after tormenting Edge for weeks, worked out a trade with Teddy Long: Edge to Smackdown for CM Punk.

Triple H and CM Punk designed ways to utilize Wade Barrett and Nexus to help further the goals of the new plan. However, Triple H made it known to Punk that once Nexus completed its part of the mission, he would not have any further use for Nexus and would look for a way to get rid of its members. Punk objected, making a case to at least spare Wade Barrett. Punk felt that Barrett had shown potential to be an effective leader and a future top WWE Superstar. Triple H remained unconvinced. So afterwards, Punk met with Barrett. Punk expressed confidence in Barrett’s leadership and potential. Punk supported Barrett and wanted to see him remain in good standing after Barrett’s mission was complete. To do this, he wanted Barrett to show that he was not just good at taking and relaying orders. He wanted to see Barrett develop and execute his own plan (one unrelated to his dealings with John Cena) to show that he was an effective leader. Barrett found a way to do so. Barrett led Nexus in an attack on The Undertaker that helped Kane bury his brother alive. Triple H was impressed with Barrett’s brazen initiative. Triple H would allow Barrett to be spared once this was over. At that point, Triple H made his plans for WrestleMania XXVII.

So, then, the events of October and November, 2010, were designed to manipulate John Cena. Barrett, carrying out his orders with help from the anonymous RAW General Manager, manipulated circumstances to force John Cena to become a member of Nexus. He then attempted to control Cena’s behavior with the hanging threat of termination. The events of Hell In A Cell, Bragging Rights and Survivor Series were, in reality, part of a psychological experiment designed to observe Cena’s behavior and responses and to test his willpower. Cena was “fired” at Survivor Series because he wouldn’t manipulate the outcome of a match to award Wade Barrett the WWE Championship. Cena’s contract was never really terminated. If Cena had attempted to work for another wrestling promotion, the plan would have been ruined. To prevent this, Barrett was ordered to invite Cena to RAW the night after Survivor Series. Wade Barrett was given the power to "re-hire" Cena. Of course, Barrett had no real power in that sense: he was ordered to "re-hire" Cena. The experiment was successful and the results provided Triple H with the means to bring about his endgame: John Cena would rather be fired than compromise the integrity of the WWE Championship. John Cena was going to be the pawn that brought down the Chairman.

All that was left was to develop the specifics, tie up the loose ends and clean up the mess. This would prove to be a little more difficult than it sounded.




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