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Spoiler: Triple H wins
on 2 May 2015
I thought of that title primarily as a joke, what with Triple H's many title wins during his career and his "pull" backstage in the WWE. But really, watching the matches I found this for the most part to be true too.
I'll admit I'm not the biggest Triple H fan, but I know he's good and certainly respect what he has accomplished. The documentary piece that goes with any of these types of WWE releases is up to the usual high standards you would expect. Very interesting stuff. However, where this release is let down is by the matches.
Some of them are just flat-out weird choices, and average matches at best. Two stand out examples: A World Title defence against Rob Van Dam from an episode of Raw where the crowd was absolutely dead during the entire match, and a singles match against Jeff Hardy from an episode from Smackdown where again similarly the crowd was dead. A match against Chris Jericho you say? Oh this should be good... oh wait, it was from when "DX" were feuding with Jericho & Big Show over the tag team titles, on an episode of Raw with a gimmick involved. (Spoiler: Triple H won).
But then I realised what was wrong with the matches, here was one of WWE's biggest stars who rose to fame during the attitude era and had some of the most hardcore matches in WWE, yet here on The Game's "career defining Blu-ray/DVD" release, they're all missing because of the current PG era. Okay, if you're a WWE fan you've probably seen his classic matches with Cactus Jack on Mick Foley's multiple DVD releases. What about his three stages of hell match with Stone Cold Steve Austin? (Or any match against Austin for that matter) How about the Last Man Standing Match against Chris Jericho? Granted there are two Last Man Standing Matches here, but both after WWE banned blood.
Bizarrely, even though in the documentary they cover the two matches Triple H had against The Undertaker at WrestleMania and the "end of an era" but neither of the matches are present here. Then again, the second match was a Hell in a Cell match...