|He's ready... (WWE)|
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On April 1, at Wrestlemania 28, Triple H will make history. For the third time he will battle The Undertaker at the biggest show of the year. This is a match up of the last of two legends from a previous era. Looking over Triple H’s Wrestlemania history, it’s an interesting rise to the top.
|Not a good start|
Wrestlemania 13 saw a more competitive match and better outcome for Trips. Having a new bodyguard in the form of Chyna who had debuted a month earlier at the In Your House pay per view, Triple H was set to battle Goldust. With Chyna in Triple H’s corner and Marlena in Goldust’s corner, the two battled back and forth until Chyna intimidating Marlena distracted Goldust. As Goldust was trying to protect Marlena, Triple H attacked Goldie from behind leading to a Pedigree and the 1, 2, 3.
Before getting a shot at ending the Undertaker’s streak, Triple H first had to go through the Dead Man’s brother, Kane at Wrestlemania 15. The only thing I remember about this match is the swerve, non-swerve of Chyna going to hit Triple H with a chair only to turn around and hit Kane allowing Triple H to get another tainted victory.
After three mid-card matches Triple H walked into Wrestlemania 2000 as the WWF Champion. This was the 4-way title match with a McMahon in every corner. Triple H defended the title against, The Rock, Mick Foley and the Big Show. For the first time in Wrestlemania’s 16-year history, a heel walked out as champion as Triple H successfully defended his title.
In a match, WWE has tried to ignore over the last year, Triple H got his first shot against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 17. This was a war of attrition as the two battled all around the floor of the arena and even up on scaffolding used for lights. I have to admit I wasn’t sure Undertaker would remain undefeated after his match. Silly me, you never bet against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. After a long, hard fought contest, Undertaker hit the tombstone and ended Triple H’s three Mania winning streak.
If you thought the build up to his match with Jericho was bad, the lead up to Triple H vs. Booker T. at Wrestlemania 19 was bad for all the wrong reasons. For some reason, WWE brain trusts decided to play up Booker T’s arrest from his teenage days and have Triple H say Booker wasn’t good enough to be champion. Not in a, you don’t have the talent, sense but in a thinly veiled racist, black people can’t be champions sense. The way the match was built up, it made sense for Booker T. to prove Triple H wrong and win the title. After all, Booker is a 5-time WCW champion. Instead, Triple H retained the title and Booker took a few steps backwards.
|Trips passes the torch|
After Wrestlemania 20, Triple H fell into a mode of passing the torch. Wrestlemania 21 saw Triple H lose the World title to Batista. Wrestlemania 22 saw Triple H the Barbarian fail to capture the WWE title from John Cena and Wrestlemania 24 saw Randy Orton retain the title after punting Triple H in the head and stealing the pin on John Cena.
Triple H would get his revenge at Wrestlemania 25 when he would successfully defend the WWE title against Randy Orton in one of the dullest main event matches in Wrestlemania history.
Wrestlemania 26 looked like Triple H would go back to his torch passing ways as he was matched up with Sheamus. In the end though, Sheamus fell victim to a Pedigree.
|Trying to end the streak|
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