Why Did Triple H Steal the WWE Spotlight from Brock Lesnar?
Throughout the years, there has been one man that has stolen the WWE spotlight from superstars near and far.
That man is Triple H.
Whenever a WWE superstar starts to gain a lot of momentum, Triple H often decides to insert himself into a feud with that superstar.
Don't get me wrong—Triple H has done more good for WWE than he has bad. For instance, he put over guys like John Cena and the late Chris Benoit at WrestleMania.
He also put over his good friend, Dave Batista, at WrestleMania.
Right now, there is no hotter WWE superstar than Brock Lesnar. Brock is easily the most searched WWE superstar on the Internet and the amount of buzz that he has produced is unmatched right now.
Brock had a unique and stellar contest with John Cena last Sunday at Extreme Rules. The next night on Raw, Triple H was right there to jump on the Brock Lesnar bandwagon.
The following article will explain past events where Triple H stole the spotlight from the hottest, most over acts in the company and used it for his own good.
Triple H Sides with Stone Cold the Night After WrestleMania 17
Some people enjoyed the night that Stone Cold Steve Austin shook hands with his archnemisis, Vince McMahon, and turned heel at WrestleMania 17.
When I look back at that night, all I can remember is how nonsensical it all was. To add salt to the already open wound, the next night on Raw, Triple H joined Vince McMahon and Stone Cold to form the "Two Man Power Trip."
This was a great example of Triple H inserting himself into a situation he did not belong in. Triple H spent nearly two years embroiled in a blood feud with The Rattlesnake. He even masterminded a plot to have Austin ran down by a car.
Austin crushed Triple H's custom bus, repeatedly beat the crap out of him and dropped him from 20 feet in the air while he was in a car.
But the night after WrestleMania 17, these two are buddies. Triple H took what he thought would be the hottest angle in wrestling and inserted himself directly into the middle of it. This was absolutely not necessary. Instead of Austin giving his heel run a true chance, he had to carry Triple H and all the nonsense that having him incurred.
This turned out to be a giant flop.
Triple H Gives Himself the Big Gold Belt for No Reason
Shortly after Brock Lesnar became the Undisputed WWE champion at SummerSlam 2002, the belt was no longer undisputed.
Brock Lesnar kept the WWE Championship and competed on WWE SmackDown. On Raw, Eric Bischoff reinstated "The Big Gold Belt." This belt was the one worn by many greats in the NWA and WCW.
Wrestlers like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sting and other professional wrestling greats wore "The Big Gold Belt."
On the September 2, 2002 edition of Monday Night Raw, Eric Bischoff declared Triple H the new world heavyweight champion and awarded him "The Big Gold Belt" for no apparent reason.
Triple H wanted to carry the gold that many of his all-time favorites wore.
Triple H stole Brock Lesnar's thunder. The youngest WWE undisputed champion in history was no longer undisputed.
Triple H Makes Ric Flair His Manager
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It has been obvious for many years that Ric Flair is Triple H's favorite wrestler. A match between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat from NWA Chi-Town Rumble is even featured on a past Triple H DVD release.
During a period where Ric Flair was still able to wrestle at a high level and hold a possible main event spot in WWE, Triple H decided to make his favorite wrestler...his manager.
Flair was relegated to managerial duty for a number of months. Standing by the side of Triple H, Flair would help The Game win numerous matches using the dirty tactics that Flair has made famous.
This pairing soon flourished into a super group named "Evolution." Future stars Randy Orton and Batista joined Triple H and Flair in a conquest to dominate WWE.
And, of course, they did.
At one point in time, Evolution held every major belt on Raw. Triple H became friends with all the members of the group and then went on to put each one of his friends over in various ways.
This was a prime example of Triple H stealing the thunder of Ric Flair and keeping him out of the direct WWE main event spotlight.
Triple H Didn't Put Goldberg over at SummerSlam 2003
At SummerSlam 2003, WWE held the second-ever Elimination Chamber match. This match included the world heavyweight champion, Triple H, Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton.
During the build-up to this show, Goldberg was destroying everyone in his path.
Goldberg made his WWE debut the night after WrestleMania XIX and seemed to be on an instant collision course with Triple H. Goldberg defeated The Rock, Chris Jericho and others on his road to SummerSlam 2003 and the Elimination Chamber match.
This was the perfect setting for Goldberg to finally win back the gold that, quite frankly, he should have never lost in 1998 in WCW.
When the match came about, it was learned that Triple H was injured and would not be 100 percent going in. Common sense would have you believe that Triple H would drop the World Heavyweight Championship to a healthy Goldberg who was the hottest act that WWE had at the time.
When Goldberg entered the chamber, he destroyed everyone in his path. He trucked through Chris Jericho, Shaw Michaels and Randy Orton before destroying the chamber of Triple H to get to him. The crowd was on fire because they sensed that something memorable was going to happen.
The roof was about to blow off the building when suddenly....
Ric Flair slips a sledgehammer into the ring, Triple H counters a spear with a sledgehammer shot and Goldberg loses. Just like that, Goldberg's run was diminished by Triple H.
Evolution then gave a bloody beat down for Goldberg to end the show in an anti-climatic fashion.
Triple H took Goldberg's heat and completely crushed it in one night.
Triple H Was the First Heel to Win a WrestleMania Main Event
In a match that should have gone in exactly two different directions, it went in the only one it shouldn't have.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had ruled the WWE for the majority of 2000 up to this point. Triple H defeated and humiliated Mick Foley time and time again.
And then defeated Mick Foley time and time again.
Triple H was still stuck in a heavy feud with The Rock that had gone on for a few years at this point.
This should have been the night where Mick Foley and The Rock got their revenge on Triple H.
However, Triple H became the first heel to win a WrestleMania main event in WWE history.
Vince McMahon screwed The Rock at the end of the contest and Triple H once again prevailed. Triple H also eliminated Mick Foley once again. Many had pegged Foley to win this contest, but he didn't even make the final two.
This is another perfect example of Triple H coming out on top when he shouldn't have.
Triple H Inserts Himself into a Feud with CM Punk out of Nowhere
Just last year, CM Punk was the absolute hottest thing on the professional wrestling scene. He was on fire with his Raw promo's. Punk also took the WWE title hostage.
Backstage, Triple H was waiting in the wings to inject himself into the hottest angle in WWE. Triple H even got his good friend, Kevin Nash, involved in an angle that he had no business being a part of.
CM Punk was on top of the wrestling world and Triple H had to once again steal his thunder.
And before you know it, Triple H and CM Punk are booked into a match at WWE Night of Champions.
Who won this match?
CM Punk would be fine, however, as he doesn't need a victory over the aging Triple H to achieve his WWE greatness. He went on to regain the WWE Championship at Survivor Series and hasn't lost it since.
Triple H Defeats Randy Orton at WrestleMania 25
This match hits close to home with me because I attended this event. I flew all the way to Texas from New Jersey to see a classic Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels contest and to see Randy Orton capture the WWE Championship.
However, the latter did not occur.
Randy Orton was, once again, the hottest thing going in WWE at the time. He was terrorizing the McMahon family like only Steve Austin had done in the past. He punted Vince McMahon in the head at the conclusion of a very memorable edition of Raw.
Orton then went on to win the Royal Rumble and earn his spot in the WrestleMania main event. In a perfect storm of events, Triple H went on to win the SmackDown Elimination Chamber and recapture the WWE Championship.
The stage was set for Triple H versus Randy Orton at WrestleMania 25 for the WWE Championship.
When the match took place, I figured it was obvious that Randy Orton had been groomed to become WWE champion since the show had revolved around his story for the better part of the year.
Triple H, once again, came out on top when he shouldn't have.
One month later, Triple H dropped the championship to Orton in a six-man tag team match. He avoided doing the job at WrestleMania and giving Orton the biggest moment of his career to drop it the next month on pay-per-view.
Triple H Fights the Undertaker at WrestleMania Three Times
Although I hate to include this match because it was one of the greatest that I have ever seen, Triple H inserted himself into a position to beat Undertaker at WrestleMania three times over the course of his career.
The three matches took place in 2001, 2011 and 2012. I absolutely loved all three matches, but were they all really necessary?
Undertaker's streak is quite possibly the most treasured accomplishment of any WWE superstar in history. The man that finally breaks that streak, if it ever happens, will be made for the rest of his career.
Would a younger athlete have been better for a shot at this spotlight than Triple H?
Regardless of how you feel about this, the two men did deliver in all three of their matches.
In conclusion, Triple H has now inserted himself into a feud with Brock Lesnar. Brock versus The Game was a match that every wrestling fan would have loved to see in 2002 and 2003, but I believe the ship has sailed on such a contest. Rumors used to circulate that Triple H didn't want to work with Brock back then. Suddenly, he wants to work with Brock now that he's the hottest thing in wrestling?
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