As of the publishing of this article, we are just a few weeks into the 14th WWE World Heavyweight Title reign of Triple H, and so far, so good. Sure there are people who would argue that The Game shouldn’t have won the Royal Rumble match in January, heck we even did an article listing the other ways the Royal Rumble match could have ended. Fantasy booking aside, fans have to face the fact that Triple H being the WWE Champion is what is best for business.
Although the WWE would tell you that John Cena is the most polarizing figure in wrestling, a case can easily be made for Triple H actually holding that title. Fans either love or hate the current COO of WWE, as his resume holds just as many low points as it does highlights; for an example, compare the burying of Booker T at Wrestlemania 19 versus the cultivation of NXT.
Despite being polarizing, and some gaffes in his career, Triple H is battle tested, and a proven commodity in the WWE. If you subtract all of the backstage politics, and just focus on the wrestling product and storylines, it is incredibly smart to have Triple H carry the title into WrestleMania this year.
The current narrative is storytelling 101, and breaking it down into the most basic of elements shows us that a really bad guy is going to face a really good guy, and the really good guy will probably prevail. More importantly in the history of the WWE, only three heels have ever won the main event of WrestleMania, meaning there is only a small chance that The Game will retain the Title in front of 100,000 people at AT&T Stadium during WrestleMania 32 in Dallas this year.
If the cliff note version above wasn’t enough you, you’re in luck because below are the top 12 reasons why Triple H is the smartest choice as the WWE Champion. Since this article is about Triple H, there are sure to be lots of opinions, so leave them below and let us know what you think.
12 Injuries to the Main Roster
The WWE has run into a bit of a injury problem as of late; heck many of our favorites weren't even in the Royal Rumble this year. Without the star power of Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Sting and John Cena, the Rumble match really didn't have that many serious contenders for the Heavyweight Title.
11 He's Still Good
The Game still has game, in fact you could argue that he has gotten better with age. Triple H looked great during the Royal Rumble, selling apron moves that someone half his age may have been intimidated to try. It should come as no surprise that Trips was good in that match, as all but one of his matches have been rated as four stars or above in the past three years by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
10 He's Mainstream
Most former wrestling fans, or non-wrestling fans remember the biggest names of the Attitude Era; Triple H is one of those names. Besides being a wrestling star, keep in mind that Triple H has been featured on television shows, magazines, and movies such as Madtv, Muscle and Fitness, The Bernie Mac Show, and Blade Trinity.
9 He Gets People Talking
If Triple H isn’t the most memed wrestler on the internet, he has to be in the top three of that category. For some reason people are always talking about the 14 time Champion, especially most recently after his Royal Rumble victory.
8 The Eventual Payoff
The truth is that this storyline has always been a long form narrative, where the beat up underdog (Roman Reigns) is able to overcome the unstoppable force (The Authority). The only difference now as compared to a few months ago, is that The Authority is now represented by an actual authority figure, rather than a representative (Seth Rollins).
The point is, when Reigns does eventually win the title from Triple H - most likely at WrestleMania 32- the WWE is banking on fans respecting the journey that Reigns had to take to get there.
7 He's Not Roman Reigns
Maybe it’s the cool thing to do right now, but many fans do not want to see Roman Reigns as the top guy in the WWE. It could be his lack of experience, or maybe the fact that he has been forced down their throats, but wrestling fans (casual fans included) can’t seem to get behind the former WWE Champion.
6 He Can Afford to be a Transitional Champion
For all intents and purposes, Triple H’s legacy has been cemented as an in-ring performer for the WWE. Where you rank him is a matter of personal opinion, but it doesn’t change the fact that anything else he accomplishes in wrestling is simply a footnote on his impressive resume. With that being said, Triple H doesn’t need the WWE World Heavyweight Title to remain credible, so him losing the belt shortly after winning won’t hurt him at all.
5 It's Probably His Last Run
Relax, Triple H isn’t going to pass Ric Flair’s record 16 time Heavyweight Title reigns; you could probably argue that The Game would have never even won the title again if not for the massive amount of injuries on the WWE roster.
4 He is a Believable Champion
Triple H looks like a champion, maybe it’s because he has been photoshopped posing with every WWE Title at once, or maybe it's because The Game is a relic of the Attitude Era, but either way he just looks like a champion. Additionally Triple H has beaten almost every legend in the business (Austin, Hogan, Flair, Undertaker, Nash, and The Rock all come to mind), which lends to his credibility as the Heavyweight Champion.
3 It Feeds Into the Hatred of Internet Fans
The internet wrestling community (IWC) loves to hate Triple H, and he’s gotta know it. Triple H even described how the WWE manipulates the IWC during the Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network. The Game talked about how when today’s fans think a wrestler isn’t getting pushed, it’s because management doesn’t want them to get pushed. If Triple H recognized that in 2015, you can rest assured that one of the reasons the belt is around his waist, is to make the IWC angry.
2 Whoever Beats Him Becomes a Bigger Babyface
Okay, so you hate him right? Well common sense would tell you that if you hate a champion who is a bad guy, chances are you are going to like the good guy who beats him. Sure this may not always be the case, but more times than not the babyface who beats a heel is more over with fans than they were previously.
1 It Just Makes Sense
Triple H winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title just makes sense, it makes sense storyline wise, and it makes sense business wise. The WWE is a machine, and one integral part of that machine is having a World Champion who can draw tickets, and illicit reactions.
Additionally having a heel champion hold the title until WrestleMania was the plan until Seth Rollins was hurt, so who else but Triple H is a big enough heel to carry on with that plan?
Due to all of the things previously mentioned in the entry, as well as in this article as a whole, Triple H is the best, and only person who should be wearing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship...for now.
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