While Triple H may have been the last man standing after the conclusion of his match against WWE Champion Randy Orton at The Bash, he was not the one who accomplished a legendary task.
Three Stages of Hell is a match not often seen in the WWE.
It also just so happened to be one of Triple H's specialties. That was, before last night.
You see, Triple H had competed in two such matches prior to The Bash and won both of them.
Triple H defeated the likes of Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels respectively. The greater issue for Triple H was, he's never faced the likes of Randy Orton in such a contest.
Now, I know what your thinking.
Didn't Randy Orton get his a** beat during and after this Three Stages of Hell match and I couldn't really be satisfied with Orton retaining the WWE title under such dubious circumstances, right?
Well, I'm more than satisfied actually, and I'll tell you why.
It all comes down to the nature of character roles.
To have expected Randy Orton to have walked into The Bash and simply defeat Triple H in clean fashion wouldn't have been practical.
Would it have been for a guy like John Cena for instance?
Yes, but that's because John Cena's a babyface.
I'm not telling you anything you don't already know because if your taking the time to read this article, your likely well aware of what character roles are in the sport of professional wrestling.
But let me ask you this, if Triple H defeated Randy Orton in clean fashion to become the new WWE Champion, you'd find that to be impressive, right?
So my question is, what's the difference?
Babyfaces win in clean fashion and heels win by the aid of dubious tactics and/or by using numbers to their advantage.
A victory on either side is no more impressive than the other, although popular opinion might take issue with that perspective.
But really, how often do main-event heels defeat main-event babyfaces in clean fashion during championship matches at pay-per-view events?
Don't strain yourself, those events are few and far between.
When instances like that do happen (think of when Randy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy at Royal Rumble 2008) the heels deserve all the more credit.
That means that they are being pushed hard and the accomplishment of doing such holds greater significance because it contradicts traditional character roles.
But for the purpose of discussing the events of The Bash, Randy Orton did exactly what he needed to do. He defeated a future Hall of Famer in a match of his specialty.
While many people would like to discredit Orton for having won with the aid of additional numbers, I'm going to credit him to the same degree that everyone would have credited Triple H if he had won in clean fashion.
If you'd like to take away from the magnitude of Orton's victory, you might as well cut Triple H's 13 World Title reigns in half (because he doesn't exactly have a history of winning championships in clean fashion himself).
What matters is that Randy Orton is still the WWE Champion and the Age of Orton will carry on.
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