It’s been a good minute since I’ve had the time to sit down to watch a good wrestling DVD, when I found out that Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come was going to be released this week I knew I just had to grab a copy.

No disappointments. That’s the 1st thing that jumps out at me when I think about the documentary of Triple H’s newest DVD released by WWE on standard and blue-ray. We get a bit of a refreshed update on Triple H starting off his wrestling career when compared to 2003’s Triple H: The Game DVD. This time around Paul Levesque’s parents get more camera time, Linda McMahon, Vince McMahon appear on top of WWE Superstars John Cena, Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jim Ross, Patt Patterson, Shawn Michaels, Michael Hayes, Ric Flair, Big Show, X-Pac, Billy Gunn, Kevin Nash, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Randy Orton among a few others appear in this documentary on the 1st disc. Most notably absent of course is Shane McMahon for those curious.

Like with Triple H: The Game, everyone has nothing but good things to say about Triple H, his work ethic, the fact that he doesn’t drink, smoke, do drugs, etc. All he does is eat, sleep and breath wrestling and it’s with that drive that’s taken him to the success that he’s had in the WWE. His days as a bodybuilder turned wrestler-being hired by WCW is covered but missing is Eric Bischoff since ultimately he was the one that hired Triple H. Personally I thought it would’ve been nice to get insight from E.B since he had a hand in Hunter’s career early on but they managed to get around that just fine I felt.

The infamous curtain call is brought up that forever changed Triple H’s career as he had to eat a lot of dirt, gone was his program with Shawn Michaels for the WWE /F title but in a weird way this actually helped Hunter in his journey to become the ultimate showman as his days in the original DX are covered to when Shawn quit WWE, DX being rebuilt, etc. The 9th Wonder of the world, Chyna is mentioned as he and Shawn recall the story of coming across her for the very 1st time and how they felt she would be a great fit for DX ( the original stable ). What’s not surprisingly covered in this story is Triple H’s relationship with Chyna as it was very intimate to the point they were a couple for a good while.

I bring this up for a very important reason as later in the story we hear the story of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming together. Ah, boy meets girl, parents are concerned, friends are concerned, good stuff. My only grip at this was that they made it come off as if Triple H had been single during his time in WWE while in fact he wasn’t. What’s also not revealed is the fact that while Triple H & Stephanie were involved no one told Chyna. Chyna found out the hard way and when she confronted Vince McMahon to find out what was going he simply wanted her to focus on business. Don’t believe me? Go check out Chyna’s book titled “If they only knew”. Chyna gives the real meat and potatoes of what all went down and how no one had the heart to tell her initially, not even Triple H or Stephanie.

Triple H’s illustrious wrestling career gets fine treatment as his not 1, but 2 quad injuries is covered, forming Evolution, reuniting with Shawn to form DX, and being a multi-time champion. Speaking of multi-time champion there was an error or two worth noting that may confuse folks. At one point it’s said that Triple H is a 13-time champion, Randy Orton says 14-time champion, then we hear 18-time champion, swear I thought I even heard 20-time champion. It got me thinking, what’s the right math here? Truth is he’s an 8-time WWF / E champion and a 5-time World heavyweight champion. If you want to combine those then you have a 13-time champion. If you want to combine all the titles he’s won and want to slap the champion title to it then that’s a different story. Even at that it’s not anywhere near what was mentioned in error on the DVD as Triple H is a 23-time champion. This number includes the WWE and World tag titles, I.C and the European title.

Triple H, the business man is covered very nicely as his day to day operations in WWE is covered. This will peak many fans interest as it’s here you learn just how hands on Triple H is behind the scenes, especially with NXT at Full Sail University and the new training facility. Through in the fact that he’s a father of three beautiful girls and you can’t help but walk away giving Hunter his props for being able to keep a cool head with such a huge burden on his shoulders. It’s just a matter of time before he has full control of the WWE but what’s silently not mentioned is how much of a great man he will be when that time comes. Instead to close out the DVD we get at least 15 minutes of folks saying nothing but good things about Triple H, how he’s a great guy, etc, etc. For me it felt a tad bit overkill as I thought we were getting Triple H in his own words. This will alienate some folks but if you can get through this then good for you.

Overall the documentary was very well.

Rating: 8/10

Wrestling wise folks may be a bit disappointed as the Triple H: King of Kings DVD released in 2008 packed plenty of good matches. There’s only about nine matches ( 10 if you buy it on blu-ray ). The blu-ray edition makes up in huge ways with the extra stories that’s told including who was suppose to originally be in Evolution ( no spoilers here ). Stand out matches has to go to Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship as Shawn Michaels faced Triple H at the Royal Rumble in 2004, Non-Title Match Jeff Hardy vs. Triple H SmackDown – 21st November, 2008 and Triple H vs. Chris Jericho on RAW – 30th November, 2009.

Overall Rating for matches: 6/10

Overall Recommendation: Buy it. The documentary piece alone is well worth it so as long as you know all the facts before watching as there is a few discrepancies. Folks looking for more matches should strongly consider buying Triple H: King of Kings as there’s no documentary, just Triple H setting up the matches. It would be a great companion to this new release.

Lee Sanders
Senior Writer
Producer | Host of The RCWR Show & Impact Showdown

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