The Triple H Reign of Terror was a miserable experience. I'm all for long heel runs, but it was just program after program with HHH keeping the title through shitty matches and lame stories.
The matches with Steiner? Puke. The matches with Nash? They had to make Foley the referee just to get people to care. The matches with Goldberg? Terrible, and he inexplicably won the EC match at SSlam despite being injured and unable to bump.
It also didn't help that HHH wasn't in the best of shape and clearly hamstringed by nagging injuries. There are ways to work around that, but HHH is one of those guys that thinks he can have half hour matches with everyone and he's going to do it whether you like it or not.
And the sad thing is, the guys he was working with typically got the blame. Steiner got labeled a worthless shit bag after working with Hunter, despite him coming off of what was thought to be a career ending injury and had to work off the ring rust. And honestly, I thought Steiner had a good match with Jericho the night after stinking out the joint with HHH at Rumble 03 so...he's at least carryable, and his work in TNA showed that he was willing to work his butt off to have acceptable matches.
And Nash, again, for his limitations, I've seen have good matches since stinking out the joint with HHH. And Goldberg is one of those guys you kind of have to adapt to his style of match to make it work. Having back and forth formula 20 min matches with Bill just isn't going to cut it. That's why his best matches were with guys that were willing to play to his strengths to the fullest, like DDP, Sting, Raven, and most recently, Brock Lesnar. But HHH wasn't going to play like that and the matches were a slog because of it.
It was all just horrible. I don't even get me started on Katie Vick and the likes of Kane, RVD, and Booker T being sacrificed at his alter just for the sake of it.
He bounced back in 04 with great matches Shawn and Benoit (which lets be honest, if you can't have great matches with them, you should retire) but 02 and 03 got about as bad as it can get.