Well, as the world of professional wrestling probably knows by now, WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart took a huge shot at Triple H in a WrestletalkTV outtake by calling him “overrated.” Hart talked about how Hunter had a “good look, and talent,” but did not have anything innovative or new like CM Punk or Rey Mysterio.
Before I continue, this blog is not to analyze what Bret had said. My editor, Eric Gargiulo, has already done that in an awesome blog that is already up on the site. ( http://camelclutchblog.com/bret-hart-says-triple-h-is-not-great/ )
What we are going to examine in this blog is something that Bret Hart said that just blew my mind. Bret said that “Triple H never had a great match.” Let that sink in for a minute.
Look, I admit that Bret Hart is a legend. He also had a lot of rough times, and the Montreal Screw job seemed to be the catalyst, and he evidently still has anger towards Hunter, but COME ON BRET. I think you know better than to say that.
So, without further ado, I am going to list Triple H’s Greatest Matches. These matches are just in my opinion, and are NOT in any particular order. I’ve also decided not to include YouTube video of each match, because just about most of my readers have seen these matches. The other reason is that many of the “highlight” videos are fan made, and the songs used in the videos distract from the matches.
Match #1. Wrestlemania 20: Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H (C) vs Chris Benoit vs Shawn Michaels
Wrestlemania 20 was my first Wrestlemania, and my first WWE PPV that I ever attended in person. The match was fantastic. There were points in the match where either one could have won. The table spots were awesome. The end was terrific where Benoit gets out of Hunter’s Pedigree attempt, and locks on the Crippler Crossface. Triple H desperately tries to hold on, but succumbs to the Crippler Crossface. Absolutely amazing.
Match #2. Royal Rumble 2000: Street Fight for the WWE (then WWF) Championship. Triple H (C) vs Cactus Jack
Gosh, this was an awesome match. There were thumbtacks, that wired bat, and as much brutality as you can imagine. I loved it. Yes, I realize that Cactus Jack put HHH over as a star, I feel that HHH did more than hold his own. This is one of the best “Street Matches” in the WWE . I definitely remember this match being universally praised.
Match #3. Vengeance 2005: Hell In A Cell. Triple H vs Batista (C)
.Batista had defeated Hunter at WM21 in a pretty good match. Vengeance was the third straight PPV the two met at. The match was just amazing. The use of the stairs, the cage, and HHH’s sledgehammer by both men against each other was awesome. I am not a blood hungry person, but the two were bleeding profusely.
I just thought it was awesome. Great match.
Match #4. No Way Out 2001: The Three Stages of Hell. Triple H vs Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In this match, Austin wins the first stage, the straight up , catch as catch can match. HHH then wins the next two, which are the street fight, and the cage match. However, Austin does not give up. God, both men killed it. It was a very exciting match that I can watch over and over. I really have a hard time seeing how this is NOT a great match.
Match #5. No Way Out 2000. Retirement vs The WWE (then WWF) Title in a Hell in a Cell Match.. Triple H (C) vs Cactus Jack
This match was awesome. They did great spots on top of the cage. The part where Triple H backdrops Cactus Jack through the top of the cage was amazing. I still can not believe Cactus Jack took that bump all the way to the floor.
It was also very emotional, thanks to Jim Ross pleading for Cactus Jack to kick out at the end. Hunter was at the top of his game (no pun intended) as this mean, nasty heel, and was just amazing. Great HIAC match.
Match #6. Summerslam 2002: Non-Sanctioned Match. Triple H vs the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels.
Now, as I said earlier, this list is NOT in any particular order, so I am not ranking them at all. This is just a general list. My readers may have a different list, or not agree at all.
That being said, if I had a FAVORITE of all of HHH’s matches, I’d have to pick this one. This match is outstanding. It is over 30 minutes of drama, excitement, and just awe. HHH is amazing, particularly at this point in his career, as his body is slowed by injuries.
Nevertheless, HHH somehow turns back the clock and brings back that nasty heel, and is just amazing. Just as amazing, is the sight of Shawn Michaels, who took a sabbatical, both physically and mentally, wrestling at such a high level as if he never left. It was just stunning.
This is a great match. Period. How the Hitman can say this isn’t. I have NO idea.
Match #7: Backlash 2006. Triple Threat for the WWE Championship. Triple H vs John Cena (C) vs Edge
I was in attendance for this PPV. This was at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. This match was the ONLY thing that was great. I honestly think this was an awesome match. I really liked it a lot..
HHH worked well with Cena to start the match while Edge is outside the ring, being the cunning little heel watching the two strike each other.. Cena and HHH realize it, and bring the scheming rascal into the ring. All three have an awesome bout, especially Edge, who was sick with Strep Throat that night.
Triple H at that point was playing a kind of tweener, as at the end of the match, after Cena won (of course), HHH went bonkers. Hunter hit both Cena and Edge with the sledge hammer. The best part of all that was when he gave Lita a HUGE spine buster slam. He then did the DX Chop as he left.
Match #8: WrestleMania 27.. No Holds Barred Match. Triple H vs The Undertaker
I thought these two put on an incredible match. I loved how Triple H imitated Taker’s pose after a Tombstone Piledriver, and thought he had won, and Taker kicks out. Great stuff. Both men put on a fantastic match.
It was interesting that even though Taker won, as usual, it was a little stunning to see that he needed to be helped to the back. Usually, he wins. He then does his pose, and walks away under his own power. I got the sense that Triple H came close, but no cigar.
Awesome match, overall.
Match #9: Judgement Day 2000. Iron Man Match for the WWE (then WWF) Title. Triple H vs The Rock (C). Shawn Michaels is guest referee.
I absolutely loved this match. The match had a lot of heat, and there were a good number of falls. Both men were great. Shawn was awesome as the guest ref. Yeah, the returning Undertaker makes a run-in and inadvertently costs the Rock the match, but it is an awesome match.
Match #10: WrestleMania 28. The End of an Era. Triple H vs The Undertaker. Shawn Michaels is the guest referee.
I attended this PPV. I am going to have to disagree with the Hitman. This was one of the best matches I have seen by either man. I thought it was exciting. I thought it was well worked. I thought Shawn was awesome in his role.
This match was not “mediocre,” either. Like the first match up, this was also universally praised. From start to finish, this was a great match by Triple H and Taker. That image of all three stars on the ramp is very memorable, and a nice touch as well.
Well, that is my case that Triple H has had very good to great matches. I hope you all enjoyed them. As for the Hitman, again, I realize due to Montreal, he still hangs on to that via his feelings about HHH. Sadly, I think he allows those feelings to cloud his thinking about HHH, the wrestler. That being said, somehow, he has to make peace with HHH, or he will never get rid of Montreal.
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