At this year’s version of WWE Survivor Series, Paul “Triple H” Levesque switched things up, bringing the WarGames bout to the company’s main roster. In 2017, Triple H brought the match to NXT.
In the past, WWE has turned bouts into Premium Live Events that are still active today, such as Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber, Money in the Bank and Extreme Rules — some refer to these types of shows as “gimmick events,” this because of having those particular matches scheduled as an event, rather than placing them in a storyline.
Just recently, there have been multiple reports that Triple H wants to move away from gimmick event ideas, such as the Hell in a Cell PLE.
During the WWE Survivor Series post-show press conference, Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke with the media, and was questioned if WarGames is something that will be associated with Survivor Series in the future, or if it could be a traveling bout.
“It could be. Hell in a Cell, stepping away for me, there was a feeling that Hell in a Cell is one of those things that is a giant blow off. If you’re calling somebody out at the end of something, you can challenge them to Hell in a Cell. I hear this speculation among fans about Hell in a Cell, Money in the Bank, Elimination Chamber, maybe those things should go away. Some of that, I hear. Hell in a Cell, I hear it.
I had a highlight of my career, (Mick) Foley and I calling each other out on Hell in a Cell. When you get into, ‘I challenge you to Elimination Chamber with five other guys,’ it doesn’t work. Same thing, ‘I challenge you to Money in the Bank.’ There’s a difference there. I think we have to revaluate all of that, we have to look at that, and it’s really looking at the overall calander and saying, ‘what is the best place to put this? What is the best way to entertain our fans? What makes the most sense, one after the other.’
Triple H closed out:
It’s no different than looking at a show and saying, ‘This match has to deliver,’ but it can’t take away from the rest of the show. It’s the whole arcing story of what we’re doing right now. Then it’s the whole year of what we put out, all together, there are so many layers to what we do that you have to keep in mind all of those, and we will moving forward. It’s up in the air, but it’s something we think about.”
Watch the WWE Survivor Series post-show press conference in its entirety: