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Triple H in line for the crown
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


He's now The King of Kings. And he used to be The Game.

So the question is, will The King of Kings, the guy they label The Cerebral Assassin, soon be the WWE heavyweight champion?

Well, not ifJohn Cena, or even Edge, has anything so say about it. They're the ones stepping into the ring with The King of Kings, the guy we've come to know as Triple H, at the April 30 Backlash pay-per-view.

But Cena and Edge don't have anything to say about it. It's up to the WWE booking committee, probably Triple H and, in the end, Vince McMahon.

Cena is a good champion. A rare one who now gets as many boos as he does cheers. But WWE is playing off that.
WHAT YOU THINK
We asked SLAM! Wrestling readers who would win at Backlash.
John Cena - 29%
Triple H - 41%
Edge - 30%

So why take the title from him now?

Well, Triple H seems to be picking up momentum, maybe ready for yet another championship reign.

The former bodybuilder (real name Paul Levesque) has come a long way since his early days as Terra Rysing. He was then cast as Jean-Paul Levesque, a French aristocrat, in WCW. He became Hunter Hearst Helmsley, a snot-nosed rich kid, in WWF. And then his character morphed into the devious Triple H, who played a big role in D-Generation X, then, a few years later, led Evolution.

Sledgehammers aside, Triple H has star qualities as far as wrestling goes. His methodical way of performing is old school. And he not only walks the walk, he can talk the talk.

In real life, he used to date Chyna, then married the boss' daughter, Stephanie McMahon. That, in itself, hasn't made Paul Levesque, a multi-time champion. His talent has.

So if Triple H happens to walk out of Backlash with the belt again, understand that Vince thinks it's good for business.

- Kane's hearing voices in his head. Apparently, on May 19, "it's going to happen again." And after his attack on his partner, The Big Show, on RAW, we can only assume that Kane will not be of sound mind for the next several weeks. Kane is much better when he's a monster.

- Montreal, which will host a Supershow (both RAW and Smackdown! TV shows) on Sept. 18, will also get the 2007 Survivor Series, the 10th anniversary of the 1997 Bret Hart screwjob. WWE will no doubt spend the next year and a half trying to convince Bret to appear.

- Umaga (Jamal in a previous WWE life) rolled over Chris Guy for a quick win on RAW. This has to be extremely irritating for fans of the wonderful Ring of Honour. Guy is actually former ROH star Colt Cabana.

- Samoa Joe is the new TNA X Division champ, beating Christopher Daniels on Impact.

- Team 3-D's Bubba isn't endearing himself to TNA's Canadian audience. How about this, after knocking Team Canada and our flag: "You're a second-rate country and a bunch of pansies and you're lucky we even let you survive on a day-to-day basis." Uh, step over the border Bubba and you'll find out what kind of pansies we are.


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