November 4, 2013 by gorillapressonline
Triple H will divide fan’s nearly as much as John Cena; it is evident in this new Documentary told through archive footage and the wrestlers who were around him during his career.
The new CEO of the WWE gets glowing approval from his peers, HHH fan’s are going to get a lot out of this one, people who aren’t on trips side may not enjoy this and feel its overblown, I am in the former category being a huge Triple H fan from his arrogant royalty persona to his comic and boundary pushing run with Degeneration X to the cocksure arrogant boss he portrays now on television.
When he was trained by Killer Kowalski he found the passion; Triple H and his peers are candid in the interview segments and HHH himself comes across personable and a down to earth guy, which is nice to witness.
Early footage of HHH wrestling as “Terra Ryzing” is great to see and the charisma shines in him even from the early days and as his career progresses along the 2 hour runtime viewers can witness how far he actually came into the business growing into a powerhouse of the WWE, sure the marriage of the boss’ daughter, Stephanie helped but even without this stepping stone, Triple H would’ve managed to cement his name in the wrestling world.
The highlight of the disc is the appearance of the Undertaker talking and sharing insight about Hunter and the fact that ‘Taker speaks highly of HHH is of great note.
The years Hunter spent in the WWE’s mid-card is proof of the talent he possesses, leading into the much loved attitude era and the risqué development of his character, one notable but understandable absence is Chyna, although she is well spoken of it would’ve been nice to be able to share her unique perspective on that era and her pivotal role in DX, it is a positive aside that she is shown respect and all parties involved aren’t detrimental to her portrayal in the documentary.
It is interesting to find out that Vince was initially sceptical about the DX faction and disapproved of the antics of everyone’s favourite degenerates.
Clips of an interview with JR from Sunday night heat is a personal and emotional return for HHH and its new found focus for Triple H is the turning point for him to escalate into the main event picture and carve the landscape of the WWE in the process, starting with the Summerslam match and the Stone Cold belt dropping controversy(hunter defeated Mankind the next night on RAW to get the title), Hunter doesn’t hold any resentment which is evident in his comments and how it all went well for business in the end.
It is interesting to watch Linda McMahon and HHH’s mother speak candidly about the budding relationship between Stephanie and Hunter, the difficulties that both parties encountered and the input again of Undertaker about how it felt in the locker room and in advice to Hunter himself.
The clout and respect the Undertaker Garners is magnificent and it’s a shame he doesn’t contribute to more of these releases as he speaks with passion, intelligence and thought.
There’s not denying that the relationship between the two was a smart move on Hunter’s part and the locker room will have undoubtedly noticed thus causing concern amongst the other superstars but it is clear upon viewing that isn’t the case at all; footage from the wedding is also included in and Big Show shares a funny story about Michael Hayes and his singing!
Yes this DVD release shows the new CEO in a shining light and very few if any negative comments are directed towards HHH, this is understandable as these wouldn’t have ports of call in a release showcasing the legacy of one of the most important superstars of our generation.
The Return of HHH and the creation of Evolution isn’t as in depth as I would’ve liked but it’s great to hear Randy Orton share stories about the help HHH gave them, and the effect that it had on both of their respective careers.
Things get a little sickly sweet in parts and maybe things are polished up real nice; but this is atypical of WWE dvds in general, HHH fan’s will take away lots from this release and it is, for them essential.
People who don’t like HHH can avoid this like the plague as they will hate this two hour documentary finding it a bitter release to swallow.
The timing of the release is perfect with HHH’ in ring career winding down and the new role he encompasses in the WWE landscape will be felt for years to come, enhanced by the position he has in the most powerful family in wrestling and fuelled by the passion he developed on his storied career.
Freemantle Media have produced an excellent DVD and Blu Ray package and after initial doubts by fans the spate of recent release proves that WWE is in capable hands and care and effort is pushed into every dvd.
The two additional discs that come with the DVD package are chock full of matches from various eras of HHH’ illustrious career, starting with an early match from WCW against Ricky Steamboat from 1992 and ending on the third disc at 2009 with an enjoyable RAW match against Chris Jericho from 30th September 2009.
There’s plenty on offer for fans of all ages, the earlier WCW match set proceedings off nicely and as an aside has Triple H billed as Jean Paul Levesque and is a precursor to his Hunter Hearst-Helmsley persona.
The Saturday night WCW arena has a cool “Aliens” vibe going on too with smoking vents and a cool looking entrance set up.
Steamboat and Triple H work well together and some innovative camera work enhances this match (one particular turn-buckle angle looks great), and as always Steamboat holds the audience and is a delight to watch.
Sadly the first match is the only WCW match on the disc and the action jumps forward to 1997 with an enjoyable match from One Night Only (which took place in the UK) against one of HHH greatest opponents Dude Love
Long time Triple H fans will be familiar with a good 80% of the matches on offer; this is nothing to deter a viewer re-watching but from a career as storied and extensive as Triple H’s is WWE could’ve selected a few lesser seen matches.
New WWE fans will find plenty of excellent matches to devour, the mid 2000s matches will be an eye opener for younger WWE fan’s who may not be familiar with its Attitude Era or the bloodshed it brought with it.
Excellent matches with Kurt Angle (Unforgiven 2004), Shawn Michaels (Royal rumble 2005 Last Man Standing) and The Rock (Judgement Day 2000 Iron man match) are all highlights, but this isn’t where the matches end, Jeff Hardy, Stone Cold and the Undertaker all feature in bouts against HHH here on the set taking the runtime to well over 4 hours of matches.
The full match listing is as follows:
- Jean-Paul Levesque vs. Ricky Steamboat-WCW Saturday Night – 3rd September, 1994
- Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Dude Love – One Night Only – September 1997
- Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
- The Rock vs. Triple H – Judgment Day – 21st May, 2000
- No Disqualification Match-Triple H vs. Kurt Angle- Unforgiven – 24th September, 2000
- All Championships on the Line-Triple H & Stone Cold vs. The Undertaker & Kane-Backlash – 29th April, 2001
- World Heavyweight Championship- Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam-RAW – 30th June, 2003
- Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship- Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H-Royal Rumble – 25th January, 2004
- Road to WrestleMania Tournament Match- Ric Flair vs. Triple H-RAW – 6th February, 2006
- Return from Injury- Triple H vs. King Booker-SummerSlam – 26th August, 2007
- Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship – Triple H vs. Randy Orton -No Mercy – 7th October, 2007
- Non-Title Match- Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H- SmackDown – 21st November, 2008
- Triple H vs. Chris Jericho- RAW – 30th November, 2009
Documentary 3.5/5 HHH divides an audience and this caters to Triple H fan’s to no end
Extras 4/5 : there are a wealth of matches on offer and although most life long fans will know much of the content there is enough to keep them sweet.