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The Love and Dislike of Triple H

In terms of wrestling ability, Triple H, the COO of the WWE needs no explanation.

In the course of his WWE career, Triple H has held a total of 23 championships, including the WWF/WWE Championship on eight occasions and the World Heavyweight Championship on five occasions. He was the winner of both the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 Royal Rumble, and has wrestled in the main event of WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship pay-per-view, on six occasions (WrestleManias 2000, X-8, XX, 21, 22, and the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania). Outside of professional wrestling, he has made numerous guest appearances in film and on television.

He is easily one of the greatest performers of the modern era and could be considered a Ric Flair-esque superstar who prided himself on being one of the dirtiest players in the game.

Now that it appears everything within the company starts and stops at the feet of the former DX and Evolution member, is it possible what is best for business – The Authority leaders go-to words – may be for its front man to stop the insanity?

From 2010 onwards, Triple H began wrestling on a part-time basis. In mid-2013, he began a storyline in which he and Stephanie McMahon were portrayed as unctuous, judgmental WWE co-owners dubbed “The Authority.” Together as a power couple, they make what are often portrayed as self-serving decrees while claiming only to be concerned for “what’s best for business,” all the while romanticizing each other in the process with public displays of affection.

There have been many wrestlers who have spent time doing double duty – creating action in the ring, and then helping behind the scenes to not only write scripts but create drama.

Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Fritz Von Erich, Eric Embry, Verne Gagne, Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett and Gorilla Monsoon come to mind. But the work of Triple H may have to be considered as well – potentially not in a good way.

Rhodes comes to mind for his innovation in the Carolinas and in Florida. Starrcade, The Great American Bash, War Games and The Midnight Rider put him on the map as one of the greatest creators of all time.
Race helped build Missouri. Eric Embry was a mid-card success, but he wrote great storylines in Dallas for the Von Erich’s.

Verne Gagne bought developed and owned all of the AWA. He helped develop some of the greatest talent of all time. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rick Steamboat, Nick Bockwinkle, The Road Warriors, Curt Hennig, Rick Martel, Dusty Rhodes, and hundreds of others came through the Minnesota territory.

Jeff Jarrett is a wrestling promoter and founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which he co-founded along with his father, Jerry, and more recently, Global Force Wrestling (GFW). He is well-known from his multiple runs in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the 1990s.

A third-generation wrestler, Jarrett has held seventy-four championships in various promotions throughout his career. Within TNA, he is a former six-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and is also a former four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and one-time AAA World Heavyweight Champion. He has also accumulated six additional world title reigns, being a three-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWA World Heavyweight Champion, and a one-time AWF World Champion.

Triple H’s legacy will be determined in one sentence – can he exceed Vince McMahon’s success? It will be a hard hurdle to overcome but if he can stick to the “script” and follow what he is told is best for business, there is a chance he could become the most beloved heel of all time and potentially one of the greatest underdog stories in the business.

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