Triple H PPV Match Ratings : 2001
RR 01 vs Kurt Angle : *** 1/2
NWO 01 vs Steve Austin : *****
WM 17 vs Undertaker : ****
Backlash 01 w SCSA vs Undertaker/Kane : ****
INSX 01 W/ Steve Austin vs Undertaker : ** 3/4
JD 01 vs Kane : ***
Triple H starts off the year with his match with Kurt at the Rumble. Now, sure Angle does his traditional Angle bullshit all throughout the match, but Hunter manages to plug him into HIS formula to wrestle a more HHH style match with lots of psychology and things that actually make sense. We get the traditional 2001 Mcmahon overbooked shit , but it doesn't really take away from the match because it has Trish... And Trish was hot as fuck at this point. I wouldn't put it above the UNF 00 match simply because it doesn't have the whole ribwork dynamic that the Unforgiven match had, but it's still a fucking AWESOME match IMO.
I REALLY didn't want to give the NWO 01 3SOH match ***** going into it. I told myself to look for bad things in the match, but guys I honestly can't see any. Sure, it's not a perfect match, but I consider it to be more of a Punk-Cena type match, where when you know the entire story leading into the match and you take in the breathtaking atmosphere and big fight feel, and it contributes heavily to how you feel about it. This match was one of the most intense contests that I've ever seen, that's not just violence driven like the SS 00 encounter. This match is just a thrill ride from start to finish, as Stone Cold bests Hunter at his own game, followed by Hunter besting Steve at his own game, and then in the end Hunter basically getting lucky and stealing one away from Stone Cold due to both men's fatigue at that point in the matchup. Just a big time match with a big time feel that delivered. In my book it's one of the greatest matches in WWF/WWE history, and a top 5 match in the careers of Austin and Hunter (maybe, will see how the rest of this project turns out
The Wrestlemania 17 match between Hunter and The Undertaker was a fantastic encounter, and Taker's best mania match up to that point by FAR IMO. It might actually be my highest **** match, as everything just clicked here. The atmosphere was huge, there were some really big moments and spots in the match, and the buildup to these big moments were fantastic. The Last Ride into the sledgehammer shot is one of my all-time favourite moments and it still holds up to this day. I would have liked for Undertaker to kick out of the pedigree as well, but what more can I ask for as this is fucking awesome.
I expected the Backlash tag between the BOD and the 2-Man Power Trip to be mediocre at best. When I watched it, however I was blown away by how well put together and orchestrated it was. These 4 told an absolutely brilliant story here ; We have Undertaker and Kane who are about unstoppable as anybody at this point, and they just TAKE it to the power trip everytime that the Power Trip tries to gain an upper hand. However, the BOD have a glaring weakness, which is Kane's bad arm that the power trip both use to gain an advantage in the match. Stone Cold and Triple H do an amazing job of selling to the audience as to how powerful the brothers are. I fucking love when in the first 10 minutes or so, Triple H runs into the ring as fast as he can only to be laid out by an Undertaker right hand, it was absolutely perfect timing and HHH's facial expression was brilliant. I don't understand how anybody can hate that match. It's a masterpiece as far as tag team wrestling is concerned. Maybe somebody can enlighten me on this, but I REALLY don't see why so many people hate on the match. It's a GREAT match you fuckers :P
The European handicap match is what it is. You have two ring generals working on Taker the entire time until Taker somehow fights them back and gains a victory. It's a pretty great match with some good wrestling and excitement, with Hunter selling like a madman for Undertaker, but the ending really doesn't make any sense to me, as it's just a cheap way to send the fans home happy.
Another match I thought is underrated is the Chain match between Kane and Hunter. The dynamic of Kane having a chain attached to a broken arm is brilliant, and Hunter using the chair to soften up Kane's arm is a fantastic strategy. Triple H flies all around the ring bumping for Kane, even managing a pretty good bladejob in the process. For such a short match by semi-main event standards, this one was entertaining throughout and their best PPV match (so far, I still have one left).
It really saddens me that I'm done the pre-quad tear HHH matches, although my favourite version of Hunter would be from 04-06 pre DX, so I'm excited to get to that point. I've already watched all of the 02 matches and I was pleasantly surprised by how good they actually were, including one of the most underrated matches that I've ever seen in my entire life. When I stop being lazy I'll post my thoughts on that, but for now, I'm off to watch the HHH-Steiner series