I don't know why I didn't see this coming.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not like the hundreds of thousands of smarks and smarts out there who despise Triple H (or Paul, as they like to refer to him as while they snicker and masturbate furiously to Bret Hart matches).
I actually have a lot of respect for him, both as a performer and as a person. He's always given credit where credit was due, and always puts on a pretty good match, even on free TV.
So I naively expected him to do the right thing, and put over his protege, Randy Orton, at WrestleMania 25, giving him what would be the biggest push of his career, and passing the proverbial torch.
Orton would've gotten the WrestleMania rub, Hunter could've gotten a tag victory at the next PPV or a DQ win, and the circle of life would, Ha
Uh, who's there?
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Triple H's massive ego simply cannot allow anyone to take the torch, even if he really isn't the one holding it. Why? I don't know. Perhaps Kevin Nash has been giving him too many pointers on how to befriend people, yet still win more titles than them.
But that's not my real issue. Any other time, any other point in a storyline, Triple H could retain and you wouldn't hear a peep from me. What made this akin to castration in my eyes was because I believed, and still do believe, that Randy Orton NEEDED to win the title.
This storyline portrayed him as so dominant, so inhumane, that for him to not just seem like a fluke, or just like any other heel, he would have to win that title, and beat the man who screwed him over all those years ago. The chain would be complete. Destiny fulfilled.
But nope. Randy looks like the guy who blew it at the biggest stage of them all. Heck, even if his team wins at Backlash, thus winning him the title, it still makes him look like a shmuck, because he couldn't do it on his own.
Somewhere in Stamford, Connecticut, Vince McMahon is sitting in his office in Titan Tower, wondering why ratings keep going down. But the answer is so simple.
Nobody wants to listen to the same record over and over when it was broken to begin with.