WWE: 7 Superstars Triple H Needs to Face Before Retirement
The WWE continues to tease that Triple H is retiring.
It’s not happening. Not now. Not anytime soon.
Yes, Triple H may hang up his boots for good within three to four years. But all that really means is that he’s still got plenty of time left in the ring.
No one can be sure just how many more matches or feuds Triple H will have before he calls it quits.
But rest assured, there are plenty of superstars “The Game” will step into the ring with over the next few years.
Here are seven superstars who I want to see Triple H face before he moves into his role as a WWE executive full time.
7. Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre can’t even get on TV these days, so at this very moment, any possibility of him actually getting a push seems very remote.
Or does it?
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestleNewz.com), Triple H views him as someone who the WWE can build its future around.
Pushes start and stop all the time, and should McIntyre start getting on TV again (and getting a push along with it), you never really know whether or not he can become one of the top performers in the WWE like many expected.
Personally, I think McIntyre’s one of the most talented guys around, but if Triple H really is firmly behind the superstar formerly known as “The Chosen One,” there’s no better way to prove that than to step in the ring with him.
For some reason, McIntyre has always reminded me of a young Triple H. Maybe it’s his body type or his look in general—I don’t know.
But I think a clash between the two would be very interesting and, win or lose, could be a great way to get McIntyre over as one of the WWE’s rising young heels.
After all, McIntyre needs something to help him find his way back into the mix on Raw or SmackDown.
6. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes and Triple H have a bit of a history with each other.
They go way back to 2009 when Rhodes was a part of Legacy, and he—along with Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase—tried to make life miserable for Triple H.
But should Rhodes and Triple H cross paths again, things would be much different this time around.
Rhodes has a lot more experience under his belt, has broken out as a singles competitor and is someone who’s viewed as a future main-eventer and World champion.
The son of “The American Dream” has had notable feuds with guys like Big Show, Rey Mysterio and even Orton.
But a feud and/or match with Triple H would arguably be the biggest of his career.
Triple H is a bona fide legend, and if Rhodes lives up to his talent level, many expect him to become a legend one day as well.
In order to do that, though, Rhodes needs to be elevated above the midcard and step up to face the biggest stars in the industry.
He needs to go toe-to-toe with the WWE COO, Triple H.
5. Damien Sandow
When Sheamus debuted in 2009, he instantly gained the support of Triple H behind the scenes.
Three years later, he’s a Royal Rumble and King of the Ring winner as well as a three-time World champion and the current World Heavyweight Champion.
Now, fast forward to 2012, and Triple H is reportedly a big fan of another recently debuting superstar: Damien Sandow.
Apparently, Triple H and other WWE officials are extremely high on “The Intellectual Savior of the Masses,” and unless HHH has a major change of heart, it appears that Sandow’s major push will continue for the foreseeable future.
In 2010, we saw the rookie Sheamus get himself embroiled in a WrestleMania match with his biggest supporter, who is, of course, Triple H.
Don’t be surprised to see that happen again. It’ll just be Sandow instead of Sheamus this time.
With Sandow becoming Triple H’s “pet project” of sorts, The Game is going to do anything and everything that he can do to get him over.
So, what are the chances that this leads to a match and/or feud between the two?
I’d say they’re pretty good.
4. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho parted ways with the WWE last week (at least for now), and Triple H doesn’t figure to be stepping in the ring anytime soon, either.
But regardless of their current stances, a match and feud between the two is something I’d love to see.
I honestly can’t remember the last time that Triple H and Jericho feuded or even wrestled, and they are two of the biggest legends in WWE history.
Why wouldn’t I want to see them feud?
I think back to the WrestleMania 28 buildup when Triple H, Undertaker and even Shawn Michaels kept referring to “the end of an era,” saying that they were the last three of a dying breed.
Ummm. They somehow conveniently left out Jericho.
I’d definitely consider Y2J to be a part of that “era,” and in my fantasy booking, I’d make that the basis of this feud.
It could still be a face-face rivalry, or Jericho could be the heel. It doesn’t matter.
In either scenario, the idea is that Jericho is pissed off and offended by the fact that Triple H totally ignored his contributions to arguably the greatest era in wrestling history.
The WWE would probably never bring that up again, though, so hey, let’s just have HHH vs. Y2J because it’s a legend vs. legend match between two major names.
That’s reason enough, right?
3. Wade Barrett
Since Wade Barrett debuted in 2010, he’s made a pretty big splash in the WWE.
In only two years of being on the main roster, he’s feuded with Big Show, Randy Orton and John Cena and also led one of the biggest stables in recent memory, The Nexus.
One guy he hasn’t really crossed paths with, however, is Triple H.
Surprisingly, there hasn’t been much interaction between these two, and they’ve still yet to have a singles match on either TV or pay-per-view.
That has to change.
At least in my book, Barrett is one of the very best all-around heels in the business, and he’s made some significant improvements in the ring since being called up to the main roster.
There’s no doubt that he’s a future World champion and someone who will be a big part of the WWE for years to come.
Barrett could definitely use the rub from someone like Triple H, as a major rivalry between the two could take Barrett to the very top of the WWE.
On the flip side, it would also give Triple H a fresh feud because he’s already stepped into the ring with most of the other top guys (John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Sheamus, etc.) at some point in his career.
2. Daniel Bryan
The most over performer in pro wrestling right now?
It’s got to be Daniel Bryan.
The guy is ridiculously over right now. Yet, oddly enough, he’s still pushed as a heel rather than a babyface.
That sets up perfectly for a feud with Triple H.
You’ve got the WWE COO on one side and arguably its biggest and best antagonist on the other side. It’s a nice mix.
Of course, Triple H vs. Bryan is also something that hasn’t happened before. Ever.
They’ve never feuded, they’ve never wrestled and, in fact, they haven’t really seen much of each other on TV.
You want a fresh feud between two big-time stars? This is it.
1. Dolph Ziggler
A lot of wrestling fans say that Dolph Ziggler reminds them of the greatest in-ring performer in wrestling history, Shawn Michaels.
Of course, Triple H had a number of unforgettable matches with HBK throughout his career.
I think you see where I’m going with this, right?
Ziggler is on fire as an in-ring performer at the moment, and I legitimately think that a battle between him and Triple H is the closest thing to HHH vs. HBK we could ever get.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying that Ziggler is as good as Michaels was or ever will be.
I’m just saying that Ziggler’s so damn good in the ring that I think he and Triple H could put on a fantastic series of matches not unlike what Triple H and Michaels did.
Ziggler makes everyone look good these days, and when he’s in the ring with someone else who’s good, he’s damn near untouchable.
I can’t recall ever seeing Ziggler have a match with Triple H, though.
But one day, I hope that won’t be true.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!