Ok, so on Monday, John wrote his thoughts on Bret Hart’s opinions of Triple H. I’m not going to get very in-depth about it, but it’s still a Thing On The Internet. As someone who isn’t a huge Triple H fan, but thinks he’s pretty good, I agree with Hart, to an extent. I didn’t love either of the matches Triple H had last year (there were only two, right?). I thought the Hell in a Cell match lacked…something. I was there live, and I’ve watched it a couple of times since, and it just doesn’t do it for me. I thought the match the year before was far better. As for the match with Lesnar…mehhhh. There was nothing about that match that will make me want to see it again in April, so I’ll just go buy a new shirt or some garbage stadium nachos, or something.
Anyway, like I said, I only agree with Hart to an extent. I don’t think Triple H is the most mediocre of the mediocre, and apparently I’m not alone in that thinking. John’s fellow Canadian, Chris Jericho, had some words about Bret’s words:
"It was funny because when I saw that comment that Bret had said, I was kind of surprised because I think that Triple H has had a lot of great matches, dozens of great matches. I could think of two or three that I was in with him myself, so, maybe, I don’t know why Bret would say that, maybe it’s still a little bit personal or some bad vibes or taste in his mouth from what happened years ago. But I’ll tell you face to face that Triple H has had many great matches and I always enjoyed watching him work, even up to the match he had with Lesnar. I don’t know if that was a great match, it was definitely a very good one, so I would definitely never ever bury Triple H’s wrestling talent for sure I think he’s one of the best we’ve ever seen.
He goes on with this:
"He’s saying it just because, old, old, old wounds die hard, or whatever the cliché is. You know, I’m sure Bret has made his peace with Shawn over the Montreal Screw Job; maybe he still has some lingering issues with Triple H as part of that. I don’t know, cuz I think Bret is very much one of my favorites of all time, one of my top two or three as a matter of fact, but maybe there’s a little bit of bias in this or something like that for him to say that Triple H has had no great matches. Cuz I don’t think anybody could ever say that he’s had no great matches. You might say “well this guy’s a jerk” or “I don’t like him personally” or “backstage I don’t like him” or “politically I don’t like him”, but there’s one thing you can never doubt with Triple H and that’s his wrestling ability, especially as a main event performer, like you said earlier, in the early 2000’s as the top heel in the company, I think you could throw any baby face’s name out there and you could probably match up a quote unquote great match that he had with that person, for sure. Triple H may be a little bit underrated as far as the amount of flak that he takes over the years, but, as a performer, I’ll tell you straight up he was definitely one of the best, from that era and even up until last year. The match he had with Undertaker, the match he had with Undertaker the year before, both Wrestlemania matches, were both amazing matches. Maybe not the same levels as the ones Shawn had with him but definitely in the exact same ballpark.
Triple H is just one of those guys, he’s got it, he always has had it, he’s a great ring general, he’s very smart in the psychology of putting together his matches, believable when he works, so definitely definitely definitely. Like I said, I could give you 3 matches that I had with him, personally that I thought were great. The Last Man Standing that we had in Dallas, the title match we had at State College where I won the title, and then the tag match with me and Benoit versus Triple H and Austin. All of them were what I would consider to be some of my best performances, some of my best matches that I ever had for sure.
I think what Jericho is saying is fair. I don’t believe that Bret Hart is a just bitter old man who can’t see past his grumpiness, but there’s a certain element to that, and that’s fine. People are allowed to think what they want of others, regardless of whether you agree. It’s true.
Jericho then switches gears and talks about the Rumble:
"Two things about that was, one, I was so happy that it didn’t leak. Like I thought for sure, sooner or later it’s going to leak on a website or dirt sheet or somebody would hear something and it would get out. But nobody knew that I was there until the moment that music played. And I think that was such a cool vibe, that we could still surprise people, still surprise guys like you who have your finger on the pulse and have spies or contacts or sources. And that’s what wrestling is all about. It’s all about the surprise element that takes you back to when you were a kid. When I was a kid, we had no internet or no dirt sheets. All we knew, all I knew, was what was coming by promotions. And that’s how we’d have a surprise. I think of when Dave Hebners evil twin brother Earl Hebner and they screwed Hulk out of winning the title. If you would have heard earlier today that Earl Hebners brother Dave was in the building and they’re identical twins, it would have killed some of that magic. And that was cool for us to be able to do that at Royal Rumble and have a complete surprise, legitimate surprise."
I agree 100%. It’s rare that I’m surprised by wrestling now, and the times that it happens are fun. More, please.
In other news…
If you don’t read The Wrestling Blog, you should. I say that, partly because friends of mine write there, and partly because there’s just good stuff to read, like this article by Holzerman about it being ok to have opinions. I’m not joking about it…just read and enjoy, or do whatever it is you people do. (Walls of Jerichoholic)
One more thing about Bret Hart. He just had knee surgery, and he posted a picture of his knee. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! (Twitter)
Ric Flair is going to be on a TV show called Lizard Lick Towing, next Monday, most likely because his car got repossessed after that last divorce. Or he drove it into a lake. Who knows? Tune in! (I’m not tuning in to a TV show about tow trucks…or whatever it is.) (WrestleZone)
WWE has ONE MILLION YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS!!! That’s more than a bunch of companies that have their own TV channels, where people watch stuff all day long, including some where you have to pay to do it!! Congratulations!!!! (411mania)
A six-man tag match was announced for Elimination Chamber, pitting The Shield against The Avengers (Captain America, Thor, and Hulk), but it’s not in the chamber, because you didn’t download the WWE App, you jerk. (PWTorch)
Finally, and least importantly, Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriquez are suspended from this week’s SmackDown, probably because they assaulted an employee on his day off, while he was at a hotel. In a way, I like this because “revenge,” but only if Big Show gets to do something SUPER dastardly this week, because it’s not fun to watch the good guy win every.time. (PWInsider)
That’s all for me this week. I’d sign off with more gibberish, but The Rock wasn’t on TV this week to give me any ideas.