While Monday’s February 13 WWE RAW was certainly a polarizing episode, one thing most critics could agree on was the excellent segment between Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Love him or hate him, Triple H showed once again why he is the best all-around in the pro wrestling business.
Now the term “best” can constitute different things for different professional wrestling fans. The most common being his ability to get inside of the ring and have a blow away match. That is not the kind of “best” I am referring to here. I am referring to his ability to “work” the audience past the point of disbelief and turn those skeptical eyes into paying customers, while playing them like a fiddle in the palm of his hands.
I look at Triple H as the all around best in the business right now. It is almost impossible for a babyface to invoke pure babyface heat in 2011. It just doesn’t happen. Sure, there are guys like CM Punk who are cheered but even he doesn’t get the kind of reaction a superstar gets. Triple H gets it the second he walks onto the ramp. The WWE fans love him! Strangely enough, he has been one of a few guys left who tapped into what the fans want out of their babyface. I don’t think there is anyone in the entire business that can grab those same reactions on a regular basis. Even The Rock appeared to wear out his welcome at times last year, yet Triple H still whips the crowd into a frenzy whenever he appears.
His promos are far and away the best in the business. He has the uncanny ability to deliver some of the worst scripted lines with realism. His facial expressions whether he is mad, upset, happy, serious, or indifferent can turn a crowd upside down. Even when he is standing face to face with the new hero of the WWE Universe CM Punk, he was able to steal his live fans in a flash. I will be the first to admit that I hate his corny jokes, but the intensity that he shows in dire situations is nothing that can be matched by anyone in the business today. He really is just that good.
Why am I writing this blog? Probably because after sitting through one of the worst RAW shows in the history of the WWE, his one bright spot was a reminder of how great this man is. Politics aside (and I know for some of you, that is impossible), the man is at a level right now that can’t be touched.
For that, I think he deserves a little recognition.