Triple H PPV Match Ratings : 2002
NWO 02 vs Kurt Angle- : *** 1/4
WM 18 vs Chris Jericho : ****
Backlash 02 vs Hulk Hogan : * 3/4
JD 02 vs Chris Jericho : *** 3/4
KOTR 02 vs Undertaker : * 3/4
Insurrexion 02 vs Undertaker- : *** 1/4
Global Warning vs Lesnar vs The Rock- : *** 1/4
Summerslam 02 vs Shawn Michaels : *****
Unforgiven 02 vs Rob Van Dam : ****
No Mercy 02 vs Kane : ** 3/4
Survivor Series 02 Elimination Chamber : **** 1/2
Armageddon 02 vs Shawn Michaels : *** 3/4
Fantastic babyface performance at NWO vs Angle. With Stephanie as the referee, no matter how bad the whole marriage/pregnancy angle was, Hunter did a great job at playing the "me against the world" type character. The fast counts at the beginning of the match added a nice touch, and when Stephanie was taken out of the equation it actually shocked me that Kurt won. Kurt, however was worse than he was in the previous PPV matches against Hunter, going from some good wrestling to super-saiyan Kurt in a matter of seconds. All of that aside, this was a great match with some great face storytelling by Hunter.
The Wrestlemania XVIII match against Jericho is one of the most underrated matches of all time. It gets a bad rep because what, the crowd was spent ? To the people who say that, FUCK YOU. This was the MOTN by far in my books, as the psychology is rock solid, the storytelling is fantastic, and if you wanna talk about the crowd being into it, the pop that Hunter receives when he wins is actually out of this world. We have Jericho going after the injured Quad/leg of Hunter and basically tearing him apart while his ex Stephanie is in his corner. It was a true Wrestlemania moment to see Hunter overcome the odds and get back at both Jericho and Stephanie. It just REALLY pisses me off to see people hate on this match because it followed Rock-Hogan. Hunter and Jericho both brought it 100 percent, and it's the best match these two ever had together besides the amazing Fully Loaded match. The ending of the match and subsequent celebration still gives me chills. I've seen people give this match ** 1/4, and to those people I say this ; Atmosphere is good and adds to a match, but it isn't everything. Fuck you :P .
The Backlash match with Hogan is WAAAYYY too long at 22 minutes. Hunter has a pretty well mapped out plan against Hogan to attack the bad knee, but the match is so drawn out and boring that I never cared in the least, and that's saying something as I'm a big Hogan fan as well. Who had the brilliant idea for these two guys to go 22 minutes ? One of Hunter's worst PPV encounters, and it's weird because the match itself isn't all that terrible, but it might be the most boring HHH matches that I've ever seen for the first 18 minutes of the match . Then a whole bunch of crazy shit happens. At the end of the day, this match has a few bright spots but is just mainly BAD.
Already reviewed the HIAC match with Jericho in depth for my Cell project but I'll basically come out and say it like this ; A fantasticly entertaining match with some great spots and some good in ring work, but this shouldn't have been in the cell and the storytelling wasn't all that great. Still, a very very good match between these two but I'll take the Wrestlemania match over this one. Wanna know more, just look at my in depth review
The KOTR and INSX matches with Undertaker are two completely different matches on the star scale. The KOTR match is a sloppy encounter with no coherence whatsoever. I actually think I could be overrating it because I love Taker and Hunter so much, but what the fuck do I know ? One of the worst PPV matches I've seen out of Hunter as he was just OFF here. Just a poor excuse for a PPV main event, THEY FUCKED UP A ROLL UP! The INSX match is a surprising gem, as it's a back and forth type match with both guys hitting the big moves on one another until Taker finally gives and loses clean to Hunter for I think the only time in WWF/WWE history. The last 5-6 minutes are actually fucking awesome and I encourage any fan of the Taker-HHH series to see it, as it's how a face Hunter vs heel Taker should work. Intense.
The Global Warning triple threat was entertaining as hell, what can I really say about it ? It had some good sequences, some typical Rock bullshit, and Lesnar looked like a damn monster out there. Hunter was really only there to be destroyed and do the job, but he played his role perfectly and neither man really looked weak at the end of this one. A forgotten great match with a great finishing sequence. All 3 men were actually pretty good and entertaining.
The Summerslam match with Michaels is one of the greatest matches of all time in my book. The storytelling is some of the best I've ever seen in my entire life with Hunter just unloading on Shawn's back until Shawn wakes up and remembers just who in the hell he really is and proceeds to just TAKE it to Triple H. I still shake while watching this very emotional match, and Michaels selling and bumping is better than ever, even after being out of the ring for 4 years. Hunter does a brilliant job of playing up that this is his ring now, and that his ring has no place for Shawn Michaels anymore. It's a new game (no pun intended) , and Hunter wants to prove the Shawn that he's the man now. The commentary is amazing with the atmosphere being breathtaking. I can't rate this as anything less than perfect as the psychology was perfect, the storytelling was perfect, the atmosphere was perfect, and the intensity and brutality of this match was PERFECT. Amazing match that I could watch over and over again. The showstopper lives!
I went in depth about the RVD match at Unforgiven before, and how it's one of the most underrated HHH matches of all time. Basically, I love how the styles clash between RVD's high flying and The Game's cerebral assassin like tactics that he pulls on RVD. The first half of the match is all psychology, with RVD getting inside the Game's head, and the second half is The game grounding RVD and plugging him into HIS formula. I honestly think that Brett Mix is the only other person to give this four stars besides me, but I think this match deserves it.
The No Mercy match with Kane isn't fantastic, but it's still an above average encounter between two workers with less than great chemistry in the ring together. This starts off all over the place and turns into an overbooked piece of madness with Hunter bumping around and taking some pretty sick spots through the announce table and all over the ring for Kane. Yes, I know the storyline was horrendous, but that doesn't take away from this pretty good contest. Definitely not up to HHH standards, but better than alot of matches he would have in the following year.
The inaugural Elimination Chamber was IMO the second best chamber of all time. What this match had going for it was the intensity that takes place in the match, the excitement, and definitely the drama. Going into this match nobody had a clue who was going to win, which compared to this years elimination chambers, is something we can't say far too often. The commentators made it seem like these men were gladiators going to do battle. RVD was a great first spot monkey in the EC, Kane was a great monster that needed teaming up on to be eliminated, Booker and Jericho did a fantastic job of being workers in this match, whilst Hunter and Shawn stole the show once again. The ending minutes are some of the most intense minutes I've seen in a wrestling match, with the pop Shawn receives from the MSG crowd at the ending being one of the loudest I've ever heard. Doesn't hold up well for alot of people after they know who the victor already is, but this is a classic in my book, and once again, the second best EC ever.
The Armageddon match is the match that I think a majority of people will disagree with me on. I can understand why people would hate this match as the psychology is incoherent and kind of fucked, but that's why I never gave it the full four. I LOVE this match and it's a personal favourite of mine as we get two of my all time favourite workers and put them in a match together for that long, add in tons of intensity and a damn good pace (better paced than the cell match IMO), and you have all the makings of a fantastic contest. You can argue that the last fall is kind of fucked, but I loved every second of this and I can watch it over and over again. I just love these Hunter 3SOH matches for some reason, although I heard the one with Orton is pretty bad, but I guess I'll just have to see.
Gonna have most or all of 03 watched tonight, going to try to finish the Goldberg series as quick as possible, not excited at all. This is what I've gathered so far ; The first Steiner match is hilariously awful but entertaining, the No Way Out match is hilariously awful but actually not that bad (if that makes sense), Booker-Hunter is ANOTHER underrated WM match from HHH, Backlash tag is good, Nash series is MEH, and yeah that's all I have about now :P Off to watch SS 03, UNF 03, SSeries 03, and ARM 03.
PS: Cena-Orton Ironman is **3/4
where I sit. Would have made a good LMS with all the ridiculous shit, but not an Ironman match. The worst of the 7 WWE ironman matches in my book. It's a good watch and certainly not boring, but only watch it once. Actually, I'm glad we never got a Cena-Orton LMS match because that means we wouldn't have gotten the first HHH-Orton LMS match that was fucking awesome