WWE TLC 2011 Results: What We Learned from Triple H's Win
At WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, many witnessed exactly what they were hoping for as Triple H beat Kevin Nash to a pulp in their Sledgehammer Ladder Match.
After working Nash's knee throughout the match, Triple H climbed the ladder and grabbed the sledgehammer, a weapon that he was then allowed to use in the match.
After beating down the former WWE and WCW Champion even more, and even delivering a crotch chop to the surrendering Nash, Triple H delivered one final blow and secured his victory.
Sure, many of us predicted that this would happen, but the match gave us more insight than we might have seen at first glance.
Here's a look at what we learned from Triple H's victory at TLC. Feel free to add your thoughts and weigh in on the match in the comments below, or follow me on Twitter (@TheOneTC) and discuss the match with me directly.
Triple H Isn't Going Anywhere
Triple H dominated almost the entire match against Kevin Nash, and rumors have already begun to circulate that he is going to end up in a rematch against The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Though none of this has been confirmed, it seems like a very likely scenario.
With the dominant way in which Triple H controlled this match, he seemed more impressive than many other superstars in WWE right now, and it shows that he is here to stay and that he means business.
Sure, the control of WWE will eventually shift from Vince McMahon to Triple H one day, but that's still far off in the future. For right now, Triple H has proven that he is still not someone that you want to mess with in the ring, and I'm sure we'll get another hellacious match from him this April.
We Might Not See Kevin Nash for a While
Kevin Nash has been a very irritating part of WWE programming for months now. He's been interfering in matches, taking up airtime with his less-than-impressive rants about the good ol' days, and it's usually been without stepping foot in a ring.
Well, now that he has stepped into the ring, and been carried out of it on a stretcher, he just might disappear for a while.
WWE has to realize that Kevin Nash is not a huge draw for them. Sure, he got a decent reaction as a heel at TLC, but put Triple H in there with any other bad guy and the fans will hate him.
Since he is only signed to a Legends contract, I think we might not see Nash back, at least in the ring, until after Triple H has tied up his unfinished business with The Deadman.
Two Old-Timers Can Still Put on a Pretty Good Match
Okay, so we already knew this after Triple H met The Undertaker at this year's WrestleMania. But let's face it, that was WrestleMania, WWE's biggest night of the year, of course the matches are going to be great that night, whoever is in them.
Also, let's not forget that this match included Kevin Nash, who is nowhere near the worker The Undertaker is. Nash has only been in a ring twice in over a year, and that was the Royal Rumble match back in January and a recent Raw win over Santino Marella.
Before that, Nash hadn't seen ring action since his TNA matches in September 2010, and hadn't seen a WWE singles match since 2003.
Granted it wasn't a stellar match, but let's face it, it was a lot better than anything the Divas Division has produced in quite some time.
WWE Will Never Let Us Forget the Attitude Era
Just before the end of the match, Triple H had beaten Nash down so badly that Nash made a gesture of giving up, and possibly even friendship.
Nash slowly raised his hands and formed the sign for the "Kliq," also known as the symbol for the nWo Wolfpac. Triple H responded with a D-Generation X, "Suck It" chop.
Nash could have just as easily held his hands up in a surrendering motion, only to have Triple H shake his head no, but that's not what happened. By throwing these flashes of the past into current matches, WWE keeps its history alive, and allows a younger generation of fans to relive some of the greatest moments of WWE history.
WWE also does this to keep everyone excited, thinking that there may be a D-Generation X reunion coming, or reminding them of how great the Attitude Era was so they will go and buy some of their retro merchandise.
Either way, it's an effective tool, and one that we might as well get used to seeing. Just think about the fact that 15 years from now we might see a much older John Cena return to WWE and tell some future heel superstar that "You Can't See Me."
Triple H Might Have One More Title Run Left in Him
It takes two things to be an effective WWE champion. First, you need to be able to perform in the ring on a consistent and effective basis. Secondly, you need to generate a response (whether positive or negative) from the fans.
Triple H has proven that he can do both.
The crowd was very hot for Triple H in his match at TLC. Even Kevin Nash, who couldn't really draw a heel response from the crowd when he was feuding with CM Punk, was getting tons of heat when he squared off against Triple H.
Like I already stated in another slide, you could put Triple H in there against any heel and he is going to get a reaction for both himself and his opponent. He just has that type of charisma.
Triple H has also proven, both at TLC against Nash and in his WrestleMania match against The Undertaker, that he can still perform in the ring with the best superstars in the world.
Sure, he may have not been competing as much as everyone else, but I think that that could change and we wouldn't see much of a difference.
I really do not think that this is going to really happen, by any means, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. If WWE truly needs him, I have no doubt in my mind that Triple H could step up and become a charismatic and effective WWE Champion, even at his age.