What you loved:
- NXT - It's obvious this is his garden, and he is cultivating it for big things. From running amazing live shows to continuously bringing in quality talent, this was an easy number one pick.
- Gimmick - The best ever at being a smug troll.
- Promos w/ Steph - The two of them are pure on-screen magic. They play off of each other so well, and can always get a reaction out of, well, everyone!
- Brie/Steph Feud - Triple H adjusted to becoming a supportive husband and B-movie goon throughout this story. He took bumps from women, and even trapped Brie behind a desk.
- In-Ring - While he doesn't wrestle quite as much these days, the guy can still go. The Evolution vs. Shield matches were some of the best in 2014.
Best comment comes via Vidence:
"On that note, as Head of Talent Relations? He gets a 5 out of 5 there, for sure. Kevin Owens at the time seemed like a ballsy out of character signing for them and already looks like one of their best signings in years if they can keep this booking up on the main roster, Sami Zayn was a guy who’d never even spoken on the mic in his past life and Trips gave him a shot and he’s become one of the best performers we have, Finn Balor is fantastic, Becky Lynch is completely and utterly coming into her own, Hideo Itami has started to really adapt and blossom with the American style, and now he just brought in Jessie McKay and Uhaa Nation, among others. Just look at the roster now, and look at the roster in 2010, when we were stuck with Big Johnny’s handiwork. That about sums it up."
What you loathed:
- Long Promos - Yes, there's three hours to fill, but these long promos are not always necessary. Because, you see, sometimes it's more effective to be direct with your promos, only a few key words are necessary to show your opponent your intent, or what kind of beef you have with them. He obviously enjoys knowing that his promos can go as long as needed so that the live crowd, the TV audience, the boys in the back, catering, production, security, J&J Security, all fully and completely understand where he is coming from at that very moment. So anyways! Like I was saying...
- The Authority - Fair to say they are becoming quite stale.
- Sting Feud - Please see "best comment" below, I think they hit most of the points.
- Terminator Entrance - Some people loved how over the top it was. Others hated the corniness of it all.
- Chyna Comments - It was ugly (full quote here). Although this isn't directly connected, his Mayweather friendship came up in the comments quite a bit too. Now that Triple H is actually corporate, his PR skills still need some improvement.
Best comment comes via phlash74:
"Just about everything involved with the Sting feud. The initial interactions at Survivor Series and when Sting showed up on RAW to distract the Authority long enough for Cena to win the handicap match and get Ziggler/Ryback/Rowan their jobs back were fine – they suggested that Sting was a vigilante who was showing up to prevent abuse of power. Then they meet face to face at Fast Lane to set up the ‘Mania match and it’s suddenly about DVDs and merch, or WWF vs. WCW or who knows what. The over the top entrance (yes I get the Terminator tie-in, but the previous year was much better). The overbooked mess of a match – not really putting this one on HHH, I think it was probably the right call given the situation. But there is no way in hell HHH should have gone over, and it was an unfortunate callback to WM 2000 and WM XIX where HHH won matches that he shouldn’t have given the build and storyline. Then the handshake afterwards that was completely out of character, and all so that HHH could get some cheap heel heat later before the Rock came out?"
On to the poll! With 335 vote, Triple H's average score is 3.7, last year he received a 3.9
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