Triple H has had one hell of a career. A fourteen-time World Heavyweight Champion who has enjoyed a position near the top of the industry for years on end, he may be a controversial figure from time to time but he deserves respect. Although some fools may attempt to belittle his career, claiming that his success was given to him due to being married to the boss’ daughter, the fact of the matter is that he was already on the rise years prior. Taking part in legendary feuds with the likes of Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Steve Austin and of course The Rock, he has provided wrestling fans with several years of entertainment. As a result of the sacrifices he has made, the hard work he has put in, and how great he has been time and time again, we would like to see him go out on a high. We’d much prefer him to have an emotional match that leaves us all satisfied, like Ric Flair’s last WWE bout, then go out with a whimper, like the aforementioned Mick Foley. To that end, we’ve put together a list of the fifteen people we’d most like to see him grapple with at the end of his career.
This list isn’t a fantasy one in the traditional respect so we only considered people who seem to be physically capable of taking part in a WWE match. As a result, men like Mick Foley, Edge, or Daniel Bryan won’t be found here, as the company would clearly never allow those matches to take place. Additionally, we’re not talking about people in their prime, thus if we wanted to include someone like Harley Race, we’d have to be crazy enough to be arguing HHH should wrestle the current version of him. That aside, we didn’t limit ourselves to the WWE main roster which means that everyone in NXT is up for grabs but we did choose to leave out people who are employed by other companies.
15 Shinsuke Nakamura
14 Shawn Michaels
13 Austin Aries
12 Samoa Joe
11 Kofi Kingston
10 Dean Ambrose
There was a time after The Shield initially made their debut on the main roster, where most fans thought that Dean had the most potential after their inevitable implosion. However, when they eventually did turn on one another, he spent several months seeming like the lost soul of the former trio, losing matches and feuds against other people who hovered right under the main event. Given the nickname The Lunatic Fringe, he began to do some pretty cartoonish and “crazy” things like spraying Seth Rollins with condiments and paint in groan-worthy segments.
9 Chris Jericho
8 Bray Wyatt
Do you remember how ridiculously cool the first vignettes that introduced The Wyatt Family to the main roster was? We do because they haven’t been able to live up to them ever since. With a leader who has lost pretty much every major feud he has ever been embroiled in, and has a fondness for giving entirely unintelligible promos that sound vaguely cool but are empty, our eyes roll at them far too often.
7 Finn Bálor
The fact that Finn was the man that NXT was built around, and he then won the WWE Universal Championship in his first opportunity, should make it clear he is being groomed for big things. An international star with a following that reaches far past the typical boundaries of the WWE, if the trend his career was going down continues it may just be the key to bringing back some lapsed fans.
6 Bobby Roode
4 Seth Rollins
3 The Rock
2 AJ Styles
For those of us who’ve followed AJ’s career since his time in WCW, ROH, TNA, or even New Japan, it is pretty clear that he is at an all-time career high. The current WWE World Champion, it is pretty amazing to think of him in the role and even more to realize that the current version of him fits it perfectly. Winning the first chapter of his ongoing feud with John Cena, even forcing him to leave briefly in storylines, we hope he definitively comes out on top.
1 Kevin Owens
Ever since Stone Cold Steve Austin became one of the biggest stars in wrestling history by taking on his boss Vince McMahon, everyone has been trying to recreate that magic. Fixated on using villainous authority figures and having their biggest good guys rail against them, it has become a tired trope largely because there hasn’t been a character rebellious enough to fit the role. Enter into the equation, Kevin Owens.
Come along with us as we envision a world in which Kevin Owens takes his current character and instead of belittling heroes, turns his wit against Triple H. Handed the Universal Championship from him, if Kevin resented the idea that he believed he needed the help and decides to beat up the man who helped him, it would give us someone to cheer. Coming out on top would then cement him in the top spot and give the impression that fans' new favourite was someone to believe in. It may not light the business on fire but casting a dude who looks like a regular beer swinging bastard in a familiar role has a chance to do so for the first time in years, in our opinion.
Souces: TheSportster, DailyDDT, Wikipedia
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