Triple H Finally at Home as Heel, Will Add Great Intensity to WrestleMania XXX

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Triple H Finally at Home as Heel, Will Add Great Intensity to WrestleMania XXX
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Longtime fans of Triple H (yes, we do exist) were ecstatic watching Raw this week.

Finally, after spending too long away from his natural character, Triple H turned evil, psychotic heel last night. The Cerebral Assassin not only changed the dynamic of the WWE world heavyweight title match at WrestleMania but administered one of the most brutal beatdowns we've witnessed in some time. 

Ever since he followed up his run as the leader of Evolution by his tapping out to John Cena at WrestleMania XXII, we haven't seen Triple H in his villainous glory. He's danced with Shawn Michaels, telling jokes and throwing glow sticks into the crowd. He's been a super-serious babyface attempting to end the Undertaker's streak. Then he had his middling, never-ending feud with Brock Lesnar

We thought we were getting the ultimate bad guy after SummerSlam when Triple H turned on Bryan and subsequently screwed him for several months, but it didn't feel right. Triple H continued to pander to the crowd and side with faces backstage. He was a smarmy tweener, and it didn't make sense. We wanted to truly hate Triple H onscreen the way so many loathe his backstage power. 

Last week he closed the show with a Pedigree on Bryan. That was in the heat of the moment, so while powerful, it wasn't evil. This week, though, we saw what the evil, bloodthirsty heel looks like once more. We've been waiting for the type of villain who would use his power to handcuff his enemy and beat him mercilessly around the ring, even setting up his captive to be slapped repeatedly by his shrill wife. 

Raw's closing segment was near perfect: Triple H pretended to revert to his heelish tweener ways before unleashing the devil on Bryan for more than 10 minutes. After the show went off the air, Bryan was stretchered out during post-show coverage on the WWE Network. 

This, wrestling fans, is the villain we've been waiting for. He also added the stipulation that there will be a Triple Threat match for the belt at WrestleMania and that if he beats Bryan himself, he's going to come and take the title away from Randy Orton and Batista.

Triple H has snapped, which brings a much-needed intensity and sense of urgency to the show right now. We had the happy story of Bryan finally overcoming the odds, but it had become less about physicality and more simply name-calling. As much as I love watching Bryan, I'm getting a little tired of the smile that's permanently plastered across his mug in the face of an angry foe. It's too, well, Cena

Now, hopefully Bryan returns with a more vicious, cutthroat attitude. No longer is winning the title at WrestleMania a foregone conclusion. It won't be a nightlong stroll into wrestling history. No. Now Bryan must fight his way back. He must overcome injuries, adversity and three mountainous men who have already punched their tickets to the WWE Hall of Fame in order to reach the pinnacle. 

The inevitability of Bryan's title victory at Mania may well still be the plan, but Triple H's intensity on Raw brought the feud to a new level. In the last few weeks, the WWE has rescued what could have been a snore of a WrestleMania season and provided more anticipation than we've seen in recent years. 

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