In VM Period of the WWE Universe – aka the Vince McMahon Period – there wasn’t a warmer title that Principle.
The prized pupil of Mr. McMahon who rose to prominence as a butt-kissing heel gimmick that was meant to – and finally succeeded in – drive followers loopy, Principle grew to become the youngest WWE Celebrity to win the USA Championship after which, after dropping the belt at Cash within the Financial institution, grew to become the youngest WWE Celebrity to win the Males’s Cash within the Financial institution Ladder Match, and safe the very coveted MitB briefcase.
Positive, he needed to lose his first title and was the butt of quite a lot of jokes because the weeks went on – want I say greater than the pose down – Principle took the boos in stride and performed up his heelish persona like a good smarmier model of AEW’s MJF – you realize, if such a factor is even potential. Principle was often booked like a sniveling heel however by no means like a geek and was an efficient heel even when quite a lot of followers wouldn’t have minded one bit if he left the promotion for greener pastures for good.
And but, when Vinnie Mac retired from The Fed and left artistic duties to his son-in-law, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the favor Principle curried together with his former boss went proper out of the door with him too; the WWE predominant roster was uncharted waters for the satisfaction of “A-City” as soon as extra, and sadly, it doesn’t appear like issues have damaged in his favor.
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2022
The place does Principle go from WWE’s SummerSlam?
So far as anybody on the web can inform, Principle continues to be the proud holder of the WWE Males’s Cash within the Financial institution Contract.
Although he did run all the way down to the ring, did say he wished to money the briefcase in, and did no less than try to make use of the green-painted international object as a weapon, the referee didn’t take it from Principle, didn’t run it to the again, and didn’t have an announcer declare that the match’s guidelines had modified. When, for instance, Liv Morgan cashed in her briefcase at Cash within the Financial institution, she handed it off, the ref left the ring, and a brand new match was introduced between the 2 performers.
Positive, there have been events the place a 3rd performer was inserted into the identical match, Michael Cole and Corey Graves explicitly identified Dean Ambrose doing the deed a couple of years again, but it surely’s way more frequent to see a performer run out as soon as the match is finished to make the most of a worn down foe. To his credit score, Principle insinuated over and over that he was going to do exactly that, taking good care of the final man standing within the, um, Final Man Standing match after his foe heard the rely of 10 however as an alternative, Austin ran to the ring with a goofy look on his face and nearly handed over the briefcase, earlier than being geeked out by Brock Lesnar and successfully eradicated from the match like Paul Heyman earlier than him.
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2022
Embarrassing? You wager; after dropping a not-too-competitive match to Bobby Lashley for the USA Championship earlier within the card, the prospects of Principle redeeming himself loomed within the entrance of quite a lot of followers’ minds – for each good and unhealthy causes – however ultimately, Principle was performed extra as a joke than a critical contender, which was by no means the best way Mr. McMahon booked him not two weeks in the past.
Is the period of Principle over? Will he get Otis-ed and lose the briefcase to a different performer like, say, Dolph Ziggler? Or will he proceed to get embarrassed within the lead-up to Conflict on the Fortress, Survivor Sequence, or, heaven forbid, the Royal Rumble and proceed to terrify followers the world over that perhaps he’ll be the person who finally dethrones Roman Reigns? Goodness, might you think about a world the place Principle continues to sulk round making an attempt to safe the Undisputed WWE Common Championship solely to return up fruitless at each flip?
That doesn’t sound too enjoyable in case you ask me.
So what’s subsequent for Austin Principle? Is he getting the post-curtain name Triple H remedy from Triple H for being Mr. McMahon’s in-universe understudy and “son?” Or does he merely not match into the corporate’s new plans as a result of he simply isn’t over with the followers? Both means, it could be clever for Principle to money in his briefcase on somebody like Bron Breakker and even Carmelo Hayes transferring ahead, as his finest touchdown spot could also be again in NXT to take away a few of the residual Mr. McMahon from his character.