An Unpopular Opinion But... #1 Submitted by Tom O'Hare on 09/16/2018 at 06:30 PM
... Undertaker-Triple H in 2018 just doesn’t cut it for me.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tom O’Hare, an English born English residing avid wrestling fan of almost 20 years. I have been graciously given the opportunity by Aaron Rift to provide a weekly column for NoDQ, thus this is my first entry into a series that I’m going to call
“An Unpopular Opinion But...”
In the first edition of “An Unpopular Opinion But” I’m going to look at why I feel the Undertaker vs. Triple H at WWE Super Show Down on October 6th is not something that is personally resonating with me.
So here goes..
Let me stress, I am HUGE fan of the Undertaker. Any story/feud he is involved in or appearance he makes no matter how brief or elongated, is still a drawing tool even in 2018.
There in, perhaps, lies the problem.
WWE Super Show Down is of course being held in Melbourne, Australia with an expected attendance of close to 100,000 people I’m led to believe. Logic then dictates that there should be matches announced in advance in order to push ticket sales, obviously. The problem I have with Undertaker-HHH occurring at this particular juncture however is exactly that - It was a match announced for the fans in Australia with no real ground work being laid at any point in recent history for American (or in my case English) fans to entice them that this is still a match worth caring for in 2018.
WWE Super Show down, much like the Greatest Royal Rumble which took place in Saudi Arabia, very much has the feel of a house show all-be-it on a larger scale. It feels very much like an event exclusively for the fans in attendance in Melbourne where by the matches & performers are first but storylines are second.
From a storyline perspective, why is this match happening? We as viewers haven’t seen The Undertaker & Triple H engage in each other’s company for some time now. Surely an angle could’ve been shot at Summerslam (or any point this year before the match was announced) there by allowing fans to understand reason & motive behind why this particular match is occurring again.
The Undertaker & Triple H are two of the last remaining somewhat active competitors in WWE from the attitude era & therefore are instantly recognisable by many non/former wrestling fans. This in turn has allowed WWE to be rather lackadaisical with this match by just thrusting the two out to compete purely on their name value alone.
The last time they competed of course was in 2012, at Wrestlemania 28. 6 years & an abundance of hindsight later I perhaps wish this really had been, as it was branded at the time, The End of an Era. The match between the two had everything; the setting, the stipulation, the story, the streak, even the referee!
It was a satisfying end to a rivalry & would have been befitting of the two’s careers. The Undertaker would of course prevail & his Wrestlemania streak at this time would round off nicely at 20 wins & 0 losses. Fast forward to 2018 & many things have changed. The Undertaker has since lost (twice) at Wrestlemania & seemingly implied his in ring career had come to an end before making a grand return. Triple H meanwhile, would continue wrestling & appearing sporadically while also implying his in ring career had come to an end before making a similar return (See Summerslam 2012).
With the two set to do battle one final time (or so we’re told) in the Land Down Under, one has to wonder what more the WWE feels they are achieving by showcasing these two legends against one another (besides the financial gain obviously).
My name is Tom O’Hare & this has been my unpopular opinion. Thank you for reading.
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