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Is it time to end the Game?

Posted in Xtremeview by Jack at 08:03, Sep 20 2007

Over the past 6 years in the WWE one wrestler has truly dominated the scene on the flagship program Raw. That wrestler is one Paul Levesque better known as ?The Game? Triple H. Now I have made it very clear on the In Your head Message Board I am no fan of this man?s character anymore and have heavily criticized him. Whether you love him or hate him the time has really come to ask is it time for the WWE to end Triple H?s run at the top?

Should the WWE end Triple H?s run at time for there own good? In my opinion the WWE?s biggest problem right now besides booking is a complete lack of star power. The major reason for this is the never ending power game HHH play backstage. Countless stars whether over or not have come in and feuded with HHH and came out worst then they were before the feud. At the end the days you have to begin to wonder to what extents will WWE go to put HHH before they damage themselves to the point of no return?

The fact of the matter is since HHH returned in 2002 he has gotten a push that could be compared to Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Savage, The Rock, Sting, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, and Hulk Hogan at their very peeks of their popularity. However that push has lead to one serious question, compared to the others who have gotten that push where the money is? The numbers over the past 5 to 6 years have been miserable under Triple H. People can defend him as much as they want but he was the top star during two quarters where WWE lost money which since 2000 has only happened twice. He was the star of the show between 2002 and 2005 and a majority of the ratings, buyrates, and attendance under him was far from stellar. Infact a majority of the Pay Per Views he was the main event of in 2002-2003 had lower buyrates then the previous year. Better yet from 2001 where HHH was injured for a majority of that year had a higher ratings average of 4.61 then 2002?s 4.01, 2003?s 3.78, and 2004?s 3.67. Every year he was the star of that show and when HHH finally took a break in 2005 the ratings average was a 3.80 average so again why should he get that push?

Well we all know the reason why he gets the push and that?s because who he?s married to one Stephanie McMahon who just so happens to be the head of the booking committee and daughter of owner Vince McMahon. The worst part about this is HHH most likely has forever tarnished his own legacy with this marriage. He?ll always be Mr. Stephanie McMahon who many see as a guy who got his spot because of his marriage. HHH also has lost the chance to blame his failures on the writing committee because he?s married to the head of it and also sits in on production meetings. At the end of the day these two have failed on more then a few levels and its time for Vince McMahon to step back and realize Stephanie while at work isn?t his daughter she?s his employee and he has to handle this. No matter how much Triple H, Stephanie, Shawn Michaels, Vince McMahon, HHH marks, and others have tried to claim other wise its painfully obvious Triple H is booked to be the star of the show and its because who he?s married to.

This booking plan has obviously been proven to be extremely flawed as under this Triple H era of the WWE the amount of stars produced have been pitiful and the amount of profitable storylines have been abysmal. In fact you can point to HHH as the very reason a lot of profitable stars and angles end up flaming out in the end. Profitable returns like Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, and Goldberg completely bombed because of Triple H?s dominance and over push in the feuds. Case in point in 2003 Goldberg at Summerslam 2003 ran through everyone from Michaels, Orton, and Jericho and then HHH who had a serious groin injury beats him killing all momentum. Why did he beat him who knows if you believe the internet he just didn?t want to job to Goldberg. Then Goldberg finally beats HHH at WWE Unforgiven only to continue to feud with the man until he lost the title at Armageddon. Then 3 months later Goldberg was gone and HHH was main eventing Wrestlemania 20.

Goldberg isn?t the only victim of this Nash whether you love him or hate him return from a huge injury and HHH again beat him and Nash was gone within months of the feud. Scott Steiner who was the last WCW Champion before WCW?s final show and he was brought in and immediately was placed in a feud with HHH. Again the question was raised as to why since HHH was injured at the time and couldn?t wrestle. To make matters worst HHH and Scott Steiner would do these incredibly stupid angles which usually boasted about how great both their roided up bodies were. Then Steiner would finally work a match in WWE with HHH and it was a biblical disaster and the crowd shit all over it. Then after another abysmal rematch Steiner would feud with a couple of midcarders and would quickly be gone from the company. That is 3 men who were over and after their feuds with HHH were not only less over but all left the company.

If though 3 disaster feuds weren?t bad enough it gets even worst when you look at the top stars in WWE alone. Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Kane, John Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, and tons of other main event stars enter feuds with HHH and were completely ruined because of his over bearing push. If burying established stars wasn?t bad enough Triple H has just shown a complete lack of respect for younger talent. HHH multiple times has destroyed younger wrestlers such as when he and Shawn Michaels single handed beat the 5 man tag team of the Spirit Squad. Better yet weeks later Shawn Michaels and Triple H would go on to win and dominate multiple 8 to 6 man handicap matches of younger wrestlers. Not only does he bury them in the ring but HHH has been quoted multiple times in interviews where he attacks younger wrestlers and even has the gall to say they can?t get over.

However the worst of this crap came this Monday on Raw when HHH for no reason at all buried 5 younger up and coming wrestlers. He first beat the WWE Tag Team Champions Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch cleanly. Then after he was triple teamed by the Champions and Carlito he was saved by London and Kendrick who took out the champions. Then HHH whipped Carlito?s ass on his own and then how did he repay Kendrick and London for helping him? Of course he laid them out in the middle of the ring by himself. So not only did he bury 5 wrestlers he also buried a match for next week that could actually elevate the other 5. See instead of burying the 5 logic would see a 6 man tag for the next week where London and Kendrick could get a rub from teaming with Triple H. However that would actually require Triple H to care about someone other then himself.

Forget the fact that HHH buried your Tag Team Champions which is not the first time he?s done it but he buried 5 young wrestlers in a company that is absolutely struggling right now to make stars. The question of what did any of this angle accomplish seems to becoming more and more common as time goes on. At the end of the day HHH isn?t drawing tons of money, he?s not making stars, and he?s stale. Besides a feud with Batista, and a run with DX which was just 1997 all over again what has HHH really done recently? Even his return has failed to hit the mark the ratings aren?t showing people cared, I highly doubt Summerslam which was built around his return is going to even be close to last years buyrate, and everything he?s done just seems to be repetitive.

Triple H has hit the point where he?s no longer productive in this main event because we?ve seen it. He?s at the point to where he?s incredibly stale he?s either the 1999 HHH or the 1998 HHH and at this point it?s just dumb. DX was just week in and week out him and Shawn Michaels doing skits and jokes that the old DX did and his heel character is just him in 1999 when he started the ?Game? gimmick. So I finally have to say yes its time to end the game. Triple H is not and never going to be the star he and his wife want him to be. He?s not Hogan, or an Austin he?s a role player Main Eventer and there is nothing wrong with that.

However what is wrong is a guy who is burying people to stay in the spotlight. It is wrong for Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon to put their company?s well being to the side so they can keep HHH in a spot that he no longer warrants Triple H is no longer a top star in this business he?s a name like Luger, Hogan, and Savage were in the death of WCW. People know him but at the end of the day are they going to pay to see him and I say no.

HHH?s time has come and its time for him to hang up the boots and put his ego aside for the business he claims to love. The character of Triple H is just repetitive and stale and to continue to push it over other fresher talent is just irresponsible. His ring skills can obviously be called into question because over the past 2 years it seems HHH only gives a damn if it?s someone he likes out there with him. If that isn?t bad enough his promos which have always been questionable in my opinion are getting worst because their either childish humor or boring generic crap with his catch phases thrown in. Finally the man is just one more leg injury way from being done forever so again why keep pushing him over younger talent?

This summer the damage that Triple H and others such as Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Kurt Angle caused over the past couple of years became extremely evident when all of them were gone. It seemed like besides Orton, Cena, and Batista no one in that company seemed to be ready to step up and take their spots. It should be extremely telling that since 2002 WWE has really only created 4 legit new main eventers who are Edge, Orton, Batista, and John Cena. Cena, Edge, and Orton got over despite HHH?s best efforts to make sure they didn?t and while HHH did put Batista over he was suddenly traded to Smackdown without much explanation as to why.

So is it time to end the game? Yes the guy is through and WWE has to realize its time for him to make new stars and begin to move out of the way. Triple H has absolutely dragged down the product since his return and if he continues down this route WWE will continue to suffer. Eventually Vince McMahon will have to realize that Stephanie and Triple H while family are still his employees and are not the best way to go anymore. So in my personal opinion The Game needs to be over.

Thanks for reading feedback will be answered negative or positive

Jason ?Xtremefalls? Simmons

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12:24, Nov 29 2007

HHH has had the last laugh on The WWE since, at least, his storyline marriage to Stephanie and I can't fault him too much for it. When they had that Kliq celebration before Hall & Nash left for WCW, HHH was trashed by WWE creative. I believe from that night and that experience changed him to what we see of him today. With few exceptions like Shawn Michaels, I don't think he gives a damn about many people in the company. He is a bright and cunning man. Furthermore, HHH with Stephanie are responsible for the highest ratings back in 2000 and on the strength of that (along with being an in-law,) he's been able to mask any deficiencies he has had the last 5 years.

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