As his imperious wife was quick to interject in the final segment of the December 2 Raw, Triple H truly has few peers in the world of wrestling.
Since becoming the WWE Champion as a feared heel in 1999, the self-proclaimed "King of Kings" has come full circle, over 14 years later, this time in a nonwrestling role.
It goes without saying that in the last several months, Triple H has taken inspiration from his growing power behind the scenes to embody a despotic persona on television.
His sartorial turn is, on the surface, fair-minded, but, on closer reveal, sanctimonious, and, overall, best described as insidious.
Because onscreen villains, even ones in disguise, are usually challenged by headstrong anti-authoritarians, it is no surprise that many rumors (of ones who would fit that mold) have sprung in regard to Triple H's eventual opponent.
This challenger would presumably be one who entices "The Cerebral Assassin" to cast aside his tailor-made executive attire for his identifiable wrestling boots and trunks again.
The question of who will prove to be the catalyst for Triple H's return to in-ring action may be answered by CM Punk, who has stayed true to his grassroots beginnings as the outspoken, defiant iconoclast.
Fans were reminded of this on the last few episodes of Raw when Punk offhandedly criticized Triple H's "creativity," only to be "coincidentally" punished for it with a three-on-one (assumed) drubbing against The Shield at the TLC pay-per-view.
While Triple H and Punk have not recently interacted in front of the camera, it is reportedly expected, according to the members-only PWInsiderElite.com (via WrestleZone.com), that the little hints, barbs and handicap matches will progress into an all-out struggle, possibly culminating in a bout at WrestleMania 30:
Early plans looking ahead to WrestleMania 30 are calling for a CM Punk vs Triple H match. It's not clear whether that match will take place before 'Mania or at the event itself, but sources in WWE expect it to happen at some point.
Assuming this report were to come to fruition, it is not clear whether Vince McMahon, who recently made an off-camera appearance at Survivor Series, will play a part for or against Triple H when WrestleMania season arrives.
If McMahon were to oppose his son-in-law, an association with Punk would be ironic, but justifiable in the vein of the old adage, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
In the WWE's universe, Punk is one of a small class of individuals who has gotten the better of WWE's head honcho (at Money in the Bank 2011) and may be the one whom Vince will have to reluctantly turn to in order to reclaim his company from "The Authority."
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