Triple H Just Pointed At Me And Now I’m Signed To NXT
Like millions of the unwashed masses in the IWC, I’m a huge fan of NXT. Every time WWE Executive and NXT guru Triple H posts a new photo of himself, all dapper in a four-figure suit, pointing at the latest indie wrestling prospect, I know what he’s saying: “This wrestler is the black and yellow brand’s next big thing!” Little did I know that the “Triple H new wrestler finger point” wasn’t just a badass, go-to red carpet pose … it’s a legally binding contract.
I Got the Point
Last Tuesday, I was buying Gatorade from a 7-Eleven on the Florida Panhandle. My ice cold refreshment break was interrupted by screeching tires, a loud bang, and the sounds of a Motörhead B-side. The Game himself had gotten into a fender bender with a barbecue food truck, and—with his finger outstretched—he pointed at me as if to say, “Hey, did you see that?”
The next thing I knew, I was sharing an apartment with Kona Reeves and one of the guys from The Forgotten Sons.
Sure, I’d always wanted to be a professional wrestler, but my job handling tech support for all Taco Bell locations in the North American Southwest had replaced any schoolyard fantasies of stepping inside the squared circle. Plus, I’m like really, really out of shape. But the point of Triple H’s legally-binding, contract-dispensing finger didn’t care how many sit-ups I could do. The ring needed blood, and I was fresh meat.
Old School Pointers
Little known fact: The finger point contract has been an unspoken part of the wrestling world since the old days, when, in the early 1900s, professional wrestler and noted practicing lawyer George Hackenschmidt pointed at Frank Gotch during a friendly debate about sharecroppers, signifying the first pro wrestling match.
The whole reason Chris Jericho jumped ship from WCW to WWF in the Attitude era was because a confused Vince McMahon was pointing at a large, weird dog when Y2J accidentally walked in front of his finger. Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels is the only wrestler known to have come up with a reversal for the contract point. His mirrored pants acted as a reflector during a failed WCW contract negotiation meeting, causing Eric Bischoff to sign himself to WCW.
The Finger Point of Doom
I’m now forever doomed to work small-town house shows in Florida, occasionally working tag matches with Tino Sabbatelli. My wife, kids, and former tech support boss miss me deeply, but I’m chained to this existence until I am inevitably brought up to the main roster, immediately jobbed to Baron Corbin, and then released.
If there’s anything I want you to take away from this, it’s that from top to bottom, all of us in NXT are here because at some point, Triple H pointed at us. And if you’re not careful, he’ll point at you too.