Much gets said on the Internet regarding Triple H, with most of what sheds Hunter in a bad light. Well…he plays a heel right?
Some people say it isn’t fair to use undue influence under any circumstances to curry favor and privilege. If we all lived in a perfect world, then this would be a shining example of all that is right with the society we live in. But from the time that we are deposited into existence on this planet we are told two conflicting pieces of information, “Be nice to your brother,” is one, and, “Grab it while you can,” is the other. So unlike others, I do not fault Triple H for being the behind the scenes player that some say he is. It’s a dog eat dog world folks, and life is not fair.
Having said that however, how Hunter received his world title is a big problem for me. You don’t just dole out title belts like they were government cheese or something, if I wanted to see that brand of Don “Only In America” King inspired favoritism, I would watch boxing. Titles should be earned, not by what backstage people think you have done, but by what you do in the ring. Hunter should of had to beat somebody, anybody for the title he now holds. Doing otherwise just cheapens the belt, and what being Champion is supposed to mean to the fans.
Now, I do like the fact that Hunter has held onto the belt for as long as he has. A title run should last longer than until the next PPV. There is nothing wrong with an extended title run, as long as it’s good for business. What is not good for business, is giving a worker one shot at a title, and then having the loser get bumped back down to mid-card status. The Buffalo Bills lost four Super Bowls, so what’s wrong with having someone lose to Hunter, like RVD, for instance, only to come back stronger than before his loss to challenge the champ again, and again? You know, like the title actually meant something.
And this just isn’t a shot at Hunter, (Although he is the worst at this on RAW), but at the “entertainment” aspects of the business in general. I loathe long promos. The kind where one guy stands in the ring and just talks and talks; full of sound and fury, yet signifying nothing other than the placation of his own inflated ego. Give it a rest fellas, my adult ADD kicks in after about ninety seconds, so while some jacked up wind bag is waxing philosophic about his greatness, I’m wondering if I left any money in my work pants.
This might really date me as a fun, but I always used to love Arn Anderson’s mike work. He was very business-like, and had a no nonsense approach to his delivery style that was more effective than just screaming at somebody, which is what seems to go on more times than not these days.
Also some say that due to his numerous injuries Hunter is no longer able to work like he once did in the ring. Now although his style might be a little stiff, I still think Hunter can come through in a match. Say what you want about the guy, about how he never, ever seems to count the lights, but when he is in a match, he bumps like crazy. The Game goes full tilt in a match, and as a fan, I can’t ask for more than that.
So is Hunter good or bad for the business? It’s hard to say, time might have to tell the tale of the tape on that one. The Game is no Hogan, that’s for certain. His entrance for a match takes way too long. Although he spits water well, I have to think that Hunter’s impact on the business has been negligible at best. Although I’ve bought more than a few PPV’s that he has headlined, the purchases have often been for the under card bouts. All in all I think that the Game is a good wrestler, and when he is engaged with someone on screen instead of just standing there and talking, sparks often fly. But if Hunter loses the title to Big Creaky, uh, I mean Big Sexy, I’ll end up like my fav Rigor Mortis song, “Foaming at the mouth…”
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