Triple H PPV Matches : 2004-2006 (Pre DX)
NYR 06 vs Big Show : ****
WM 22 vs John Cena : ****
BL 06 vs Edge vs John Cena : ****
NYR 06 vs Big Show is one of the most underrated matches of our time, I mean NOBODY talks about it. Hunter's performance is absolutely amazing in this one, with psychology and storytelling being the name of the game. The way Hunter just picks apart the cast of Big Show, rendering him useless for the rest of the match is awesome. The way Big Show gets in one last gasp of offense before ultimately succumbing to the hammer/pedigree combo. It's just a downright fantastic match that needs to be seen.
The Wrestlemania encounter against John Cena is a very worthy WM main event, and a fantastic match. The way that Hunter goes from full blown heel to a tweener in one night is tremendous. The atmosphere carries this one along with the excitement, slow build up, and great near falls. I watched this live with all of my friends in our local rec center, and when Trips kicked out of the FU, I marked the fuck out and jumped around the room, knocking the power cord out.. When we turned it back on, Trips was tapping out to the STFU... Broken heart aside, I LOVE this match and it will always have a place in my heart as an amazing WM main event.
The Backlash match is just like the mania match in the fact that we have a big match feel and an overwhelming atmosphere to it. It has the perfect three combatants ; A full heel Edge, a full face Cena, and a tweener HHH. Is it just me, or does Edge have all of his best heel performances in 3 way matches (see, Arm 2007) ? Anyways, Cena is clearly the worst of the 3 in this match but still manages to put off a damn good performance. The whole Cena-HHH piss fight over who can beat Edge up the worst is an awesome sequence that can only work with a hot heel at the time like Edge was. What is up with Trips always losing to the Jacknife cover anyways, it kind of makes me laugh how he can NEVER kick out of it..Like...EVER. Lots of great near falls make this match complete. A textbook example of how to do the triple threat match the right way.
Well, that concludes the end of what I like to call Hunter's best 2 and a half years of PPV matches. Just excellent up and down quality all around here, what a fully developed heel character he was at that point, he was even ballin' as a Tweener. Then they decided to put him back in DX and make him a comedy face along with Shawn, and let's just say his next PPV match doesn't exactly match the previous 20... At all. I don't remember the new DX cranking out ***+ matches on a consistent basis (although there were a few), but it got a little messy. ANYWAYS... Hunter's 2004-Mid 2006 = Better than anybody elses 2 and a half year stretch over the last decade