Big Brother Canada – Triple Eviction


You've been pretty quiet regarding Big Brother on the blog.  What did you think about the Triple Eviction episode?


Usually twits can spice up a season but it really feels like BBCan has interfered way too much in the game this season, and it is nearly impossible to play strategically with all these unexpected twists without just getting lucky. I'd be surprised if BBUS Derrick could survive under all these ridiculous twists and interference.

Your thoughts?

I'm a day behind on viewing because I don't have cable any more, so first up thanks for not spoiling anything.  
This season has been getting progressively more annoying as it goes on, mostly because they're all a bunch of boring slobs who suck at comps and are handing the game to Zach and cowering in fear from him.  In general I don't mind producer interference if it means:
a)  Messing with the houseguests to punish them or just to drive them nuts.  Good examples would be the challenge where one person had to break into the vault and another person had to keep them from getting in, and neither person knew about the other.  The rodent scare from BBUS last season was one of the best ones they've done, as another example.  Making them work for furnishings and basic necessities was a GENIUS idea, and they dropped it after one episode!  
b)  Twists that are fair to everyone and reside within the rules of the game.  The ridiculous "double veto" fan-voting twist this season that production was barely even able to EXPLAIN before it went into effect was one of the worst ones ever.  

Now, for stuff like the triple eviction, that's a different layer of interference altogether.  This season has been VERY low-rated and apparently there's network pressure to just wrap it up already and free up the three days a week for something people will actually watch.  Having five minutes of recaps every episode isn't helping the excitement level, either.  And when was the last time we actually ended an eviction episode knowing who the new HOH was?  The production has been terrible this year, the challenges are looking cheaper as the season progresses, and everything is sponsored by someone in order to finance the show.  The timings on the episodes are all wrong, and you'll see stuff like production spoiling the POV winners in the "Coming up…" teasers at the beginning.  Just real bush-league errors that CBS hardly ever makes.  Not to mention editing the show into a series of "showmances" like the ridiculous attempts to make Willow and Sarah look like the lesbianest lesbians who ever lesbianed.  

So yeah, there's only two weeks left and I'll finish it, but GOD has this season sucked.  

The Triple H Transition

Hey Scott,
Everyday reader of your blog, haven't seen this question ever answered. At what point do you think we'll see the end of "Triple H" and the transition into Paul Levesque on-screen? Let's face it, the guy is never going to be taken serious as the heir apparent of WWE going by his wrestling name. His inclusion into the WWE Board of Directors was based on this very reason. How do you think they will make this change on air? Have Triple H turn face and have a heel "take it too far" and make it very personal like the  Randy Orton feud in 2009?
​I think that one day Vince will die, and then HHH will just become Paul Levesque, off-screen CEO dude.  To most people the character and the person have become pretty much interchangeable anyway.  ​

Triple H’s big announcement

So Scott, what do you expect Triple H's "big announcement to be? I mean short of him saying "we screwed up the Royal Rumble AGAIN" and putting Daniel Bryan in the WMania main event (unlikely), what will he say that will put out this grease fire that they created?

​He's gonna say "The main event of Fast Lane will feature Roman Reigns putting his Wrestlemania title shot on the line against Daniel Bryan" because then WWE thinks people will shut up about it already and buy into Bryan as a possible contender, and then Reigns will win because Bryan's not actually a contender in their minds and they think that will give Reigns the rub needed.  ​Might even be a four-way and Ziggler screws Bryan over to set up their match at WM, doesn't matter really.  Pretty sure the end result is Reigns going over Bryan in some form.

Triple H Ego issues

Hey Scott, the podcasts that have been released with Punk have painted Hunter in a pretty unflattering light, more so than the previous years.  There seems to be a pretty big pattern looking back at his career that paints him as a pretty insecure man that just has to insert himself as the center of some attention.  Examples include:

– Two straight WrestleMania (sub-par) matches with the Undertaker following the previous two (good) matches between Shawn and Taker

– Inserting himself in the Summer of Punk that led to a Kevin Nash feud that lit nothing on fire and led to no resolution for Punk

– Continuously being put in the same star level of Austin and the Rock (not that he wasn't good back then, but he is nowhere near their caliber)

– Pinning and burying Hurricane immediately after Helms pinned Rocky in a comedy "Feud", because Hunter

– Awarding himself a World Championship and burying various people in the process

– Wrestling Brock Lesnar in a trilogy of so-so matches, just because

– Acting like the cool guy in either heel or face mode and pretty much belittling anything during promos.

– The twenty minute promos that he made a chore to sit through for years, again because Hunter

Too many more I left out for the attention.  You can tell the insecurity in him considering that we keep hearing that no one wants to approach him backstage because of how he was more or less publicly punked out by Punk.  I think the most telling moments of ego that I can think of at the top of my head are these two.

– At the end of Thy Kingdom Come they spend the last ten minutes of the documentary saying how much of a reat person/wrestler he is.  Seriously, they spend ten minutes singing his praises, like they have to keep his ego up.

– The end of Wrestling with Shadows where he smugly says he has nothing to do with the Screwjob and gets verbally torn down by JUlie Hart.  I remember noticing HHH just sort of became quiet in a way that reminds when a kid is told off by his mom.

thoughts?

​This is a pretty grossly misrepresented and biased look at HHH's career.
I mean, clearly the Undertaker matches were damn good. ​

Random Triple H question

Scott, Adam here. I remember for a while you were calling Triple H "HHHH". What was the 4th H for?

​BYOBB.  That second B was a typo.
Anyway, I sent an e-mail to explain the joke, but in case anyone else cares and didn't get the obvious multiple layers of the joke, it's a two-parter:
1)  The fourth H stands for "HGH", and he needed the fourth H because…
2)  He was so gigantically bloated when he returned in 2002 that clearly he was bigger than HHH and had now expanded to HHHH.  
So there you go.   ​

Triple Header question

Been watching some Network stuff from the fall of 1995 and got to thinking: What happens if Owen Hart makes it to In Your House 3 as scheduled and putting in Davey Boy as a replacement was never needed? Who walks away with titles and where do we go from there? If Shawn and Diesel win the belts like they did, then there's no excuse to strip them the next night – do they get beat by The Smokin' Gunns? (I'm highly doubting that one) or do they have a little run with the straps? Just curious….

​I'm confused, is this a kayfabe question or a serious one?  Because Owen was there the whole time and they just came up the Bulldog substitution as a way to get out of the title change guarantee.  
I mean, I imagine they could have just changed the titles and then had them vacate the next night, or just drop them back to Owen & Yoko in a rematch.  But whatever way they had gone would have still sucked.  ​

August Classics: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – SummerSlam ’02

HBK’s comeback match in 2002. At the time, there were certain circles that questioned the purpose of the match, and who it helped. My stance was and is the match kicked ass many times over and who cares. When a ***** match is on display, shut up and enjoy it.


SummerSlam 2002 – Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels… by Maxi_AguayoCopeland

Vince McMahon and Triple H at Odds Over Who Will be Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania Opponent?

According to Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com, Vince and HHH have been “butting heads” when deciding who should be Lesnar’s opponent at WrestleMania. HHH reportedly wants Lesnar to face Roman Reigns while Vince wants him to face The Rock. Some people backstage have even reported that Vince tends to undercut HHH while others believe it is a case of the two playing “good cop/bad cop” as there are no hard feelings between the two.

Triple H’s role at Summerslam


Hey so last Monday they officially announced Cena vs Lesnar.  Now early reports rumored that Triple H would face Roman Reigns at Summerslam, however the ending to last Monday's RAW almost suggested that it would be Randy Orton facing Roman Reigns.  Now they could do Orton vs Kane and still do the rumored match but if they don't my question to you is:  When does Triple H insert himself into the Cena/Lesnar match as the special guest referee?  Triple H making himself special referee at Summerslam is almost a tradition now.

​Well, the logical progression is Reigns going over Orton at Summerslam and then moving onto the REAL feud with HHH at Night of Champions, unless they really want to stretch it out by doing shit finish at Summerslam / shit finish at NOC / Hell in the Cell at the PPV of the same name, and then move onto HHH at Survivor Series.  Either way, the Orton -> HHH progression seems to make the most sense.  And then HHH can make his life hell until he wins the Rumble to get revenge and yada yada millions of dollars made etc.  ​

Triple H/Vince McMahon


"There was a meeting called by Triple H before this past Monday’s RAW in Knoxville, TN. Triple H reportedly expressed his desire for RAW and SmackDown to have “more of a flow from top to bottom.”

There are concerns within WWE that people aren’t subscribing to the WWE Network because the product on TV isn’t good enough, which can be largely attributed to lack of flow, storylines being forgotten or outright dropped. One source pointed to Triple H and Vince McMahon having “different visions” and the ideas of the two clashing. It’s said that going into the summer, Triple H really wants more focus placed on under-card programs as a way to help build up the mid-card." 
Thoughts? Do you think Triple H is trying to make the product better but Vince is in the way? If HHH was giving creative control 100% do you think we would see an elevation of the overall product? Do you think Vince would ever give Triple H the chance to do so while he's still alive? Thanks.

Well NXT is quite clearly HHH's baby and it's the bomb as long as the writers aren't trying to "improve" it.  The main issue with WWE is the writing process and people who don't understand how to draw money crafting "stories" instead of feuds and angles.  Vince and/or HHH can only do so much on their own.   Personally I would happily watch nothing but NXT now that I get the weekly TV format with quarterly PPV payoffs.  That's the way WE LIKED IT, consarnit!

Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan in the opener…..

Scott, what is your opinion on HHH and Daniel Bryan certain jerking? Prior to last week, it wouldn’t have made sense because it would have given Bryan a lot of rest if he were to win. But now that HHH believes he’s going to be in the title match, it makes perfect sense from a storyline standpoint that HHH would want as much rest as he could get. I also believe it would start the show off with a giant bang and get the fans invested into the show right off the bat (which is something they’ve struggled doing ever since they got rid of the MITB ladder match). I believe it would be the most logical thing to do.

I'm pretty sure that the Andre Rousimoff Memorial BAttle Royal (The ARMBAR, tm Justin Shapiro) is opening the show, in the grand tradition of Wrestlemania IV.  I'd run HHH-Bryan back to back with the title match just to really fuck with Bryan by having their be no rest for him and thus no apparent chance for him to win at all.  Which of course there isn't.

Rib on Triple H

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> Hey Scott,

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> The other day I got sucked into the internet rabbit hole reading up on the Macho Man/Stephanie McMahon rumors leading to Macho being blackballed from WWE. Meltzer has said that most of the WWE higher-ups have repeated and believe the story, which leads him to believe that it is true.

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> If that's the case, do you think CM Punk wearing the Macho Man tights and doing the elbow drop is a subtle rib on Triple H or Vince? I know Punk likes to pay tribute to deceased wrestlers, but this type of subtle needling seems like his cup of tea. Thoughts?

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Eh? Dave has said many times before that there's probably nothing to the rumours. Punk is just a big fan of Savage, like all right-thinking people are.

BoD Comics Presents….What If? – Triple H turned face

The recent post to the blog about Austins heel run got me
wondering…the night after Wrestlemania the fans were DYING to see HHH
turn face. My question is what if he did? That means no two man power
trip which means that the Austin/HHH vs Beniot/Jericho match never
happens, which means that Hunter doesn’t tear his quad, which means no
need to rush the invasion because you still have one of your top stars,
(maybe two although Beniot was probably headed for neck surgery either
way.) And instead of the invasion you have Hunter and Austin batting all
summer which means that when Hogan and Flair were brought in the
company is in an entirely different place. Call me a Triple H mark if
you must but I really wish he had hit Stone Cold with the sledgehammer
that night

Honestly, I think it would have created a few more interesting match-ups, but I think the InVasion would have happened as it did, with Triple H leading the WWE side of things. Plus, Hogan & Flair would have probably been brought in the same way, as they both came at a time when Triple H was back.

Match listing for latest Triple H set

Not bad. We get the Iron Man match. However, why give us that terrible LMS match with Shawn from the Rumble, but not the fantastic one with Jericho? I’d also like to see the 4 way between Cena, JBL, and Orton from Backlash 2008, I believe. Also, vs Hardy from No Mercy 2009. That was a great match. Either way, I’m really looking forward to the documentary.

Disc 1
Documentary
The Game
Growing Up
WCW
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
Ninth Wonder of the World
Mick Foley
D-Generation X
Leader
DX vs. The Nation
Champion
McMahon-Helmsley
The Rock
Injury
Evolution
DX Returns
Torn and Rebuilt
Randy Orton
Actor
The Undertaker
Chief Operating Officer
A Unique Breed

Disc 2
Jean-Paul Levesque vs. Ricky Steamboat
WCW Saturday Night – 3rd September, 1994

Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Dude Love
One Night Only – September 1997

Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship
The Rock vs. Triple H
Judgment Day – 21st May, 2000

No Disqualification Match
Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
Unforgiven – 24th September, 2000

Disc 3
All Championships on the Line
Triple H & Stone Cold vs. The Undertaker & Kane
Backlash – 29th April, 2001

World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam
RAW – 30th June, 2003

Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
Royal Rumble – 25th January, 2004

Road to WrestleMania Tournament Match
Ric Flair vs. Triple H
RAW – 6th February, 2006

Return from Injury
Triple H vs. King Booker
SummerSlam – 26th August, 2007

Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship
Triple H vs. Randy Orton
No Mercy – 7th October, 2007

Non-Title Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H
SmackDown – 21st November, 2008

Triple H vs. Chris Jericho
RAW – 30th November, 2009

Blu-ray Exclusives
No Disqualification / Career on the Line
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania 29 – 7th April, 2013

Stories
Motivation in High School
Hard Way In
Paul Scream
Resume
Sherri
Diamond Cutter
Hunter Hearst Helmsley – The Name
Wild ‘n Crazy Guys
Evolution’s Fifth Member ??
Shawn’s Comeback
WrestleMania 26
Two Movies at Once
Commemorating the End
Worst Gas on the Planet
Candy Bar
Praising the Boss
Behind the Scenes – Photo Shoot
Behind the Scenes – WrestleMania 29 Weekend
Taping Wrists
The Levesque Game
King of Signs

Triple HHHate

Hey Scott,
 
I've been entranced the past few months with the occasional mailbag dissecting the inner workings of Triple H.
When you think of Vince Mcmahon's cutthroat business practices, it seems absolutely fitting that the
manipulative scheming piece of shit banged the bosses daughter and will soon have the keys to the kingdom.
He is perhaps the only one who can operate the company and carry it's legacy.  After all, he'll definitely do his
best once the entire company can become his pet project instead of a Sheamus here, an Evolution there.
 
Have you ever thought of doing a long peoples history on this guys unearned ascension up the WWEs hierarchy?
After the revelations that were King Lear and Lazarus, this screams to have your official spin on it.  I personally
can't stand the guy and I know A LOT of people don't bother giving voice to their pure apathy for the guy.  The
ways he tries manipulating the crowds over the years always tends to fail because, let's face it, he's pretty
damned untalented.  No matter how many times he gave himself the belt he'll always be the guy who inherited
the company when the true talent left for greener pastures, no matter how many times he tries making himself
out to be some badass versus Brock he's still the guy who didn't take the thirty foot plunge on Vince Mcmahon
at Armageddon, and swapped out the barbed wire bat for a fake against Foley at No Way Out was it?  This
latest round of BS with his "concussion" is just the latest slap in the face to guys like Ziggler, who of course
was manhandled by him as part of the spirit squad. 

In the end I think Triple H might be good to run the company (once he fucks off our TV sets) assuming he has a
shred of business acumen Vince had, but I really wonder what the story is with Shane Mcmahon leaving and
doing exceptionally well for himself outside the business.  What do you think Scott?  What becomes of the WWE
when Triple H exits the stage for a crash course in actual management?
 
Rob

Hey, whoa there, back the train up.  I don't hate the guy personally, I'm just really sick of seeing him.  And I wouldn't call his ascension either unwarranted or him untalented, as he's had tons of ***** matches and he has what appears to be a great view on the business most of the time.  He just has a propensity for pushing himself too much, like most promoters through history.  You can still be a great worker and a legitimate big draw, but annoy the crap out of me.