September 14, 2003
Triple H must lose WWE title
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it's time for Triple H to lose his WWE heavyweight championship. Now.
Forget the politicking. Forget his relationship with Stephanie McMahon, daughter of WWE kingpin Vince McMahon.
And it has nothing to do with Hunter Hearst Helmsley's ability. He's got plenty of charisma, ring ability and a mean streak running down his spine, although I suspect his bravado is enhanced by that sledgehammer that seems to follow him around.
But what he's losing is fan interest. That apathy that should dictate a title change -- with Bill Goldberg taking the strap at Unforgiven.
The change should have happened at Summer Slam -- with Chris Jericho winning the title. A Y2J-Triple H feud would have been electric.
One reader, Bryan Gelineau, sent in his thoughts, related to the Triple H-Goldberg showdown where Goldberg must retire if he loses: "Triple H said to Goldberg 'You can't join Smackdown! and go after their paper champion.'
"So have Kurt Angle show up at Unforgiven and interfere, giving Goldberg the title. Triple H crosses over to Smackdown! and Brock Lesnar joins RAW. Lesnar vs. Goldberg. Monster vs. monster."
Not bad, but I still like Triple H as part of Evolution. How about this? Triple H loses the title and he's furious at himself and his Evolution mates, Randy Orton and Ric Flair. Dissension builds. A split appears inevitable, until another wrestler (Shawn Michaels?) stops the feuding and Evolution has its fourth member.
Or maybe a split from Evolution is in the cards. Turn Triple H into a face, a fan favourite. And turn Evolution into a vibrant group of young stars, although Randy Orton isn't good enough on the microphone yet to handle the role as frontman.
- Watched the NWA/TNA Best Of one-cent pay-per-view on Wednesday and was really impressed. It really makes me wonder why a guy like Raven couldn't have been a big star in WWE. Those TNA athletes really put it on the line. There's more action and certainly more blood. Raven will take on Shane Douglas in a hair vs. hair match Wednesday. Rowdy Roddy Piper is also scheduled to return.
- Spike Dudley took a wicked bump on RAW when La Resistance tossed him outside the ring. He was supposed to crash through a table, but missed, with his head catching the side. Ouch! But Spike is said to be OK.
- The Rock will host Saturday Night Live's Oct. 4 season premiere.
- Dave Scherer reports that Zach Gowen's bump of a week ago was absorbed by a stunt double.
- Triple H's English seems to be slipping. He mouthed this to Goldberg on RAW: "Nobody's going to take this title, not you, not nobody."
- CPW International hosted a sold-out Domination show last Saturday in Hull. Here are the results: Mr Know it All Shawn Demers beat James Tyrell; Face of Death beat NNB Spike; Aftershock beat Mike Anthony and Kid Supreme; Tray Hugh Mongus beat Dru Onyx; Kevin Steen beat Shane Simmons; Righteous Rick Sterling and Paranoid Jake Matthews beat Dynamite Tommy Blade and MVP Michael Von Payton; and Pierre Carl Ouellet beat Thunder by DQ. The next show is High Stakes, Sept. 20 at the St-Joseph Rec Centre, 122 Berri St. in Hull. But what's really got local fans buzzing is CPW's Nov. 1 first-anniversary show at the Robert Guertin Arena. Tickets went on sale yesterday at the Guertin box-office and Ticketmaster outlets. There will be some major stars, possibly Abdullah the Butcher, on hand.
- The Internet Wrestling Syndicate will return to the Medley (1170 St-Denis) in downtown Montreal, Sept. 20, for Un FN Sanctioned. The main event will be a Fans Bring the Weapons (obviously, no guns or knives) match. For info about the show, check out www.syndicatewrestling.com.
- Canadian Grand Prix Wrestling will hold an event, Out with the Old, In with the New, Sept. 19 at Murphy's Inn, 917 Second St. W., in Cornwall. With the CGPW title vacant, the new champion will be decided via lethal lottery. For more info, check out www.cgpw.net.