June 27th, 2002. WWE Smackdown was on the air with Kurt Angle in the ring calling out anyone who was willing to take on the “very best in the business”. Inspired by a Vince K. McMahon speech of ruthless aggression, John Cena hit the ring. Throughout the match, he looked impressive. He managed to counter the “Angle Slam” and an ankle lock submission, however eventually he lost to a hard amateur-style pin. Since then, he’s won almost every single championship in WWE. You think with 11+ years of WWE service, he would actually learn how to wrestle!
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.bleacherreport.com and was written by Tom Clark.
Triple H‘s transformation from WWE’s babyface chief operating officer to cold and calculating dictator was a very abrupt one, to say the least.
Hunter’s betrayal of Daniel Bryan occurred of course at the company’s SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 18. Just three weeks later, he has become the most devious corporate figure since his father-in-law Vince McMahon.
AS I SEE IT: The McMahon-Helmsley Era – Version 2.0
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
Is anyone as unexcited by the McMahon-Helmsley Era version 2.0 as I am, after watching the last few RAWs?
The whole idea of having a program with heel chasing a face, is for fans to buy into the possibility that the face ventually gets back at the heel for what the heel did to him, right? Well, right about now we have a situation where WWE has again painted itself into a corner with very little way out.
ESPN’s Bill Simmons calls up his friend Gus Ramsey to talk about Ramsey catching a foul ball. Then, David Shoemaker comes on to talk about his Triple H interview and ‘SummerSlam’.
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It was a terrible episode of “Raw” last night, with only the six-man elimination match between Team Hell No and John Cena versus The Shield and the closing segment featuring Triple H and Brock Lesnar worth praising.
Everything just seemed off about the show, from the camera work to the announcers to the stumbling promos, and it seemed like the crowd was completely dead until Daniel Bryan and The Shield picked up the pace in the elimination match and brought it to its feet.
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Immediately following Brock Lesnar‘s brutal brawl with Triple H on Raw, the former WWE and UFC Champion was treated by WWE medical personnel and required 18 staples in his head. Warning: graphic photos.
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Bret Hart joined WrestleTalk TV for an interview on the UK program.
They recently revealed an outtake from Bret Hart who commented on Triple H.
*”How great really is Triple H? I mean I can look at CM Punk and Rey Mysterio who have had really unique moves and they do things that are innovative. Then I look at someone like Triple H and when I look at him, he has always at a good look but what has he really done? What has he created that no one else has?
Chyna, who is clamoring for a one night return to WWE to properly say goodbye to her fans, recounted the nature of her departure from the sports-entertainment company in 2001 on Twitter Sunday night.
She sorely recalled how she discovered that Triple H, her then-boyfriend, had been having an affair with Stephanie McMahon, as well as the aftermath, which included a behind closed doors confrontation with the WWE chief’s daughter. She wrote, “Let me ask all of my followers. Would you liketo know why I left the WWE? Ok then Let me explain this. If you didn’t know, Triple H & I were engaged during the time of the Mcmahon/Helmsley Takeover on Raw. About 6 months into that storyline, Paul would come home and start arguments with me for no reason and leave out for a few days. After he left one day, he left the Haliburton brief case that I gave him in the house. Now, I’m not one to be snooping but something just Didn’t feel right. I opened it up and found a love letter that Stephaniewrote to him a year earlier saying that she was in love with him. I called Vince up and told him what I found out. He just replied that the jig was up.
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