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SLAM! readers speak out on HHH
Editorial sparks rabid reaction


The verdict is in. The majority of SLAM! Wrestling readers are tired of Triple H and are not in any way pleased with the direction of the WWE\'s flagship wrestling program. Our email box was flooded with reaction to our editorial \"Game\'s over for WWE\'s chump champ since its publication on Monday. Here is some of what you had to say on the matter.


How come when Ric Flair totally dominated the title picture in the NWA for a decade nobody complained about backstage politics....or Hulk Hogan in the 80\'s and 90\'s....why is it that HHH holds a title for 4 or 5 months and everyone complains about him holding people back? The fact is when I hear \"Can you dig it sucka!\" over the sound system, I don\'t think CHAMPION. When I hear \"It\'s time to play the game!\", I immediately think...Damn, this guy is a badass, championship material. RVD doesn\'t need to be champ either, he is way too stiff. He can\'t do championship promos either. I, for one, am glad we finally have a dominant champion on both brands and I hope to God Goldberg doesn\'t take down either of them because he doesn\'t even deserve to be in WWE.

Yeti73859


I couldn\'t agree with you more on what you wrote in this article. It\'s fantastic and clearly shows how HHH is single-handedly killing any interest that is left in Raw. It\'s very sad how the quality of a program like Raw goes down by keeping the younger guys down on the roster just because of HHH wanting to hold on to his status. Perhaps HHH and his \"backstage cronies\" should take notice of your article and the sentiment that is being felt by wrestling fans all over the place. HHH is the reason why I barely watch Raw any more and why I focus more on Smackdown!. Smackdown! offers good programming most of the time, while Raw is the same old every time (HHH does his li\'l speech or wrestles someone in a barely-watchable match and our hero hangs on to the title once again). I sincerely hope that Vince will finally wake up and put HHH where he deserves: out of the top spot (and perhaps out of those production meetings that HHH regularly attends as well).

Thanks for the great article. The Game is definitely over for him.

Sidney Dai


John, Brilliantly put on HHH\'s title reign. In the world of sports entertainment, his legacy will forever be tied to the relationship with the boss\'s daughter not on any in or out of ring mic skills he may or may not have. Not just the fact his not willing to step aside and drop the title has lessened his career and legacy but he should take at least part of the blame for the apathy fans have for the product today. If he wants to be the main man . . . \"The Game\" as he puts it . . . he should look at the ratings, the business and do the honourable thing!

Mike Gauthier


All I gotta say is, damn right Powell! Triple H\'s (and indirectly, the Kliq\'s) deathgrip on the World Title is killing Raw. I don\'t even watch it any more. I\'d rather watch the Mighty Ducks beat up on the Red Wings than this crap.

Donny Phimanesone


I agree with everything you wrote in your April 14 column, \"Game\'s over for WWE\'s chump champ\". Triple H has been the champ for far too long and too many times. Ever since his \"marriage\" to the Billion Dollar Princess, he has pulled the strings of just about every other wrestler in the company. Everyone in the WWE\'s corporate tower will vehemently deny that there is a glass ceiling in place. If that\'s true then why has HHH held the title since Aug 8/02 and only HBK was allowed to wear the belt for a short 3 week period?

As far as I am concerned Triple H should follow the lead of Taker, Stone Cold and Rock. To be a great wrestler and a fan favourite, you don\'t have to wear the belt forever. HHH has worn the belt longer in the last year than Taker has in his entire career but the Taker will do what is necessary for the good of the company and not what is always good for himself.

HHH will never be a company man. In the case of HHH, \"What\'s mine is mine and what\'s yours is mine\". HHH will only do what is good for HHH and screw the rest of the company.

Don Barr


John,

I just read your piece. I could not agree with you more. When ever HHH comes on now I grab the remote, change it to another channel or surf until this arrogant, brown-nosing jerk is off the mic or out of the ring. Vince had better do something SOON to improve the product. Last night\'s RAW (4/14/03) was a ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. A couple of co-workers of mine were WWE fans, but now they don\'t even bother. These are the type of fans who would go to the shows when the WWE came to Montreal and buy the PPVs. Hopefully Goldberg, Booker T or Scott Steiner will get a push. Hell at this point I would even take Hurricane to be the champion!!!

Keep up the good writing,

Andy Lamb


I read your column last night before RAW came on the air. I also have a distaste for Triple H and his reign of boringness on WWE TV. However, when I heard the thought that Booker T vs. Triple H for the title might happen, my thoughts quickly changed. Not that Triple H isn\'t a power hungry freak who has to be champion and can\'t put anyone over but his friends, but that finally, someone in the front office has decided Booker is ready for the belt, again.

And then, my little dream, is crushed by stupid booking as we now have the chance of watching Booker T and The Hurricane vs. Ric Flair and Triple H. YAWN! So, not since 1996 when I began to watch RAW each and every week I turned it off. My big question is, why can\'t they have World title matches on RAW? It\'s always a lame tag match, each week, usually the same people. Why can\'t Triple H defend the title and maybe lose on RAW? Is that too big of a thing to happen? When was the last time you saw a World title change hands on RAW? I honestly can\'t think of when right now. Anyways, I\'ve been wanting to write WWE and complain, I mean, I\'ve watched WWF (yeah, w/ the F) since I was real little and always loved RAW cause of the matches and because you could always expect the unexpected. And now that they have all the talent in the World, they seem to have forgotten what the unexpected is. They\'ve had their chances, yet they continue to drop the ball.

J.V. Smart


I couldn\'t agree with you more about the waste that is Triple H. My favorite matches from WCW were the best of seven series between Booker T and Chris Benoit. Booker T deserves to be in the top spot on RAW. There was a time when Triple H was a fine competitor, and I defended him to my friends who did not like him. But those days are long gone. And, now, the only reason Triple H is at the top is his relationship with Stephanie McMahon.

Mark Nadratowski


I would like to offer my heart-felt thanks to you for articulating the anger and frustration currently felt by so many long-time fans of the WWE. 3H\'s constant in-your-face presence on Raw and WWE product in general has gone well beyond a mere annoyance to the Internet fans. It is hard to equate the fact that Hunter\'s back stage sway has never been greater yet his overall drawing power has diminished to levels one would have thought inconceivable when he made his comeback at MSG in early 2002.

What I see as the most damning indictment of the man is the fact that not one of his ppv rivals from June 02 onwards has even come close to recovering from the burials he dealt them. RVD, Kane and Scott Steiner have all been spat back into the mid card mix with their credibility as main event contenders damaged beyond repair. Sean Michael\'s reign, as you say, doesn\'t count. His body is no longer able to take the strain necessary to produce the kind of matches which made him the man in 2000. Also HHH\'s need to maintain his stupidly large physique smacks of a desperate man holding onto what he can. If his likely match with Kevin Nash takes place at Judgment Day let\'s hope these lumbering clowns both pop another ligament, knee, whatever, and then maybe just maybe some genuinely exciting talent can finally have title matches worthy of the name.

James

Leeds, England


I couldn\'t have agreed more with your column on SLAM Wrestling. Don\'t get me wrong though, I am a HHH fan. However, I just can\'t stand the fact that he is being pushed - right down the fans\' throats to the point where it eventually gets sickening.

Guys like Booker T and Chris Benoit epitomize the term hard work, and it\'s a damn shame that neither one of them has been pushed to a world title reign yet in WWE. I remember HHH saying something like, \"There is no one who eats, sleeps and breathes this business more than I do.\" Well, I\'m not one to dispute that, but you got two guys who can at the very least match that work ethic, and I think they both deserve a better deal than what they\'re getting. Especially Benoit. Here\'s a guy who got a raw deal in WCW, came up to Stamford for his big opportunity and what has he got so far? A brief main-event push (matches vs. Rock, Angle), a couple meaningless IC title reigns (matches with Y2J, RVD), and overall a decidedly mid-card status. I\'ve seen Booker T in WWE for about 2 years now, and it seems he is heading down the same road as Benoit.

Just push someone else to the title other than HHH, that\'s all I\'m saying. And it doesn\'t have to be a \"Kliq\" member. And it also doesn\'t have to be another WCW castoff who has held the title before. (Who\'s next? Nash? Goldberg? *gulp* Hogan???) Puhleeze!

Joe Sauber


Quite frankly, I cancelled cable some time ago. March 27/2002. The day after the last Nitro. Since then I have been reading results online. When Booker T and various others finally come into the spotlight, I will get cable back. It is sad to see such a great performer as Booker T get put as second fiddle to Triple H or The Rock. When I think of talent from WCW that deserves to come in to WWE and clean house reviving NITRO, it would be a fantastic cast including Booker, Goldberg, Sting, HART, Flair, Diamond Dallas, Lance Storm(WCW gimmick) and so many others.

Joe Midgley


You hit it right on the head. HHH is just going to bring the company down bit, by bit. It\'s starting to look like WCW backstage again where egos dictate who wins what for the sake of the ego not the product. I used to enjoy watching the WWF but as of late the interest is no longer there. I grew up going to the Forum in Montreal to watch some truly great matches. Booker T reminds me of those days. The product that the WWE is putting out now has not been up to par. Maybe its time for a regime change there too.

Mike H


Right on John. Helmsley is being carried by the McMahon family connection, period. His work is well below the level it used to be. His reliance on outside interference (including the sledgehammer gimmick) has cheapened his value as a top tier performer. His current title run reminds me of the predictability of the nWo, where every week on Nitro we would witness another ten on one gang assault. Note to WWE bookers: time to move on and promote the next champion. Is there any other choice from the Raw roster than Booker T?

Bill McKnight