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Surprise leap for Triple H
By Don Callis
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The single biggest angle in the recent history of Monday Night Raw took place this past week and it served as a taste of what WWE fans can come to expect in the coming months. In what was a surprise to many, including this industry pundit, Triple H fast forwarded to what many had predicted, turning on new world champion and Evolution member Randy Orton. The angle was well executed, had tremendous heat and should follow a logical pattern right up to Wrestlemania.

What many had thought was that Triple H would eventually turn on Orton, but that it would not happen for at least a couple of months as many felt it was way too soon. Some had even speculated that it would be Orton who would turn on Triple H making for a babyface Trip chasing Randy. This was something that I had personally advised against based on the fact that while he has been the best heel in the business in many respects, for the past few years, Triple H's previous run as a face was not so impressive.

While the angle and action surrounding it was one of the best things on Raw in recent months, one cannot help but lament the loss of the potential tension and interplay between Triple H and world champion Orton as they tried to exist within Evolution. The potential drama may have included: Trip trying to maintain some composure, while all the while planning how he would eventually get his title back; Orton so into being champion that he was unaware or not worried about Trip, basically blowing him off as some sort of legend past his prime. And all the while, Flair would be doing the Machiavelli routine of trying to balance the team, keep peace, and most importantly, ensure that he comes out on top of the eventual showdown.

The pure Melrose Place-ness of it all would have been spectacular. Watching Flair as the head of this dysfunctional group would have been tremendous. Batista would have had a chance to work on one of his weaker areas: acting. Make no mistake, wrestling fans like to be kept guessing. The worst possible scenario is when they can predict what is going to happen on a show or in an angle. In this sense it is much like going to see a movie. You want to be surprised in a way that makes sense for the time you have invested in watching the product.

The bottom line is that Triple H has what could be his most exciting angle in years and Orton will be able to build up credibility as a babyface champion much easier than he would have as a heel member of Evolution.

This has the makings of a great fall and winter.