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Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: How would you have booked WrestleMania 18?
The thing is that HHH Vs. Jericho was the right match to do. Jericho was the one that HHH was fighting when he got hurt and in HHH's absence, he became Undisputed Champion. The problem was that they booked the storyline so horribly and by the time the match rolled around, nobody cared. The reaction to Hogan/Rock didn't help, and I would still argue that match should have closed, but the reaction that match got was out of WWF's control. Lets talk about the things that were firmly within their control.
- Why were Jericho & Stephanie just "business partners"? In a business that writes it stories based on extremes, in any other instance, they would have been fucking like jackrabbits. I mean come on! He took Triple H out, took his spot, and then fucked his wife! That's your story right there! But no, they hindered that by half assing it.
- So what was the relationship? Well apparently it was Jericho being a man slave as he basically did everything Stephanie told him to do, including cleaning up dog poop. Why is the Undisputed World Champion cleaning up dog poop as part of the build up for the biggest show of the year? And why is a dog one of the focal points of the drama anyway?
- By the time the build up the finished, the feud was HHH Vs. Stephanie, and Jericho's role was just a placeholder that anybody else could have filled. The World Champion was relegated to second banana and it didn't help that HHH's victory was painfully obvious. See that's something I'll never understand. You want HHH's journey back to the top to seem like a big deal, right? So why make his opposition look like shit? Doesn't it make the accomplishment greater if the heel has a lot of heat built into him? You think anybody would have given a shit that Warrior beat Hogan at VI if Hogan hadn't been built up as much as he was? You think anybody would have been as excited about Punk & Bryan beating Cena if Cena wasn't viewed as unbeatable most of the time? You think Hogan beating Andre at III would have been worth a damn if Andre wasn't viewed as an unstoppable giant who had never been beaten in 15 years (which wasn't true, but they were still able to sell it).
If they had made Jericho look credible as champion and gave HHH real incentive to take vengeance on him, the match probably would have been more satisfying.