— Triple H (@TripleH) September 2, 2016
Fresh off his shocking return and betrayal of Seth Rollins on Raw, Triple H jumped on Twitter to announce that the next NXT TakeOver will take place the night before Survivor Series, November 19th, in Toronto, Canada. NXT is sticking with the international theme for their end of the year TakeOver’s, as last year’s emanated from London and now this one will take place north of the border. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as people are still buzzing from TakeOver: Brooklyn, and I have to imagine the show in Toronto will sell out shockingly fast. Now that we have a set date, the next two months of NXT programming should be building towards that big Saturday night.
Triple H Will Defend The WWE Title Against Dean Ambrose On 3/12 At The Newly Named WWE Roadblock Event
— WWE (@WWE) March 1, 2016
If you didn’t watch Raw last night, you missed The League of Nations and Triple H beat the ever loving shit out of Dean Ambrose to end the show. The show began with Ambrose challenging HHH for a title shot, claiming he knows deep down that Ambrose would beat him. HHH obliged Ambrose after pedigreeing him and then proceeding to punch him about 1,000 times. When Raw went off the air, we didn’t know when the title match would take place, but thanks to this tweet by WWE, we know it’ll be on March 12th. The event, which will air live on the WWE Network on Saturday March 12th from Toronto, was originally called the ‘March to WrestleMania’. Vince must have been in a bad mood after the Undertaker choked him last night, so he decided to change the event to ‘WWE Roadblock’. Both names are kind of terrible, but at least we’ll be getting a title match at a live event. I don’t know if this is a move to further push Ambrose for his eventual main event run after WrestleMania or if WWE is genuinely interested in making him a part of the main event, but either way, I’m intrigued.
It’s Royal Rumble season, which means it’s almost WrestleMania season. Thanks to the WWE Network, you can go back and watch all the old Royal Rumble pay per views and matches, and in that spirit, I decided to rank the winners. I’ll be ranking the winners every day until the we reach #1, and if you’re interested in checking out who’s already on the list, use the tricky magnifying glass at the top of the screen and search ‘Royal Rumble winners’ or scroll through the blog. Now, onto the rankings!
8. HHH – 2002 Royal Rumble
Although he no longer regularly competes in the ring, HHH is still one of the driving forces behind the corporate machine that is the WWE. While he was once one of the company’s greatest champions, he now serves as on air authority figure and backstage decision maker. He also runs NXT, creating and molding the next generation of WWE superstars. At the 2002 Royal Rumble, HHH entered at number 22 and eliminated Mr. Perfect and Kurt Angle to win.
The Good: whether you love him or you hate him, there’s no denying HHH’s importance to the Attitude Era and beyond in the WWE. He’s as decorated a champion as any other wrestler in history: 13 time World Champion, 5 time Intercontinental Champion, 3 time Tag Team Champion, King of the Ring and Royal Rumble winner. He was an original member of one of the greatest factions in wrestling history, Degeneration X. He had memorable feuds with a who’s who of professional wrestlers, including Mick Foley, The Undertaker, The Rock, HBK, Stone Cold, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton & Henry Godwinn (just kidding).
The Not So Good: internet wrestling fans have varying opinions on HHH, but almost all of the dirt they think they have on HHH is second hand information. If he did in fact “bury” certain wrestlers, add him to the long list of guys who have done so over the years. The facts are that he was an excellent in ring performer, and a very important part of the WWE during their ‘war’ with WCW and the years following it. He has changed NXT from a pseudo reality show competition to the best wrestling show WWE offers, and the future looks very bright.