By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Although I am not much of a fan of Triple H the wrestler, I do respect the hell out of him as a person. Honestly, when I first heard that a DVD retrospecting his career was in the works, I rolled my eyes. I mean, how many HHH DVDs have we had up to this point? Would this have been this third? Possibly fourth? However, my view of the DVD changed when I later heard it was going to be a documentary. Now, we all now how amazing WWE can be when it comes to their documentaries. From CM Punk to Chris Jericho to Edge (all DVDs I have reviewed in the past), a substantial amount of WWE's most recent documentaries have been absolute gems. So, I decided to give HHH's DVD a chance. That was in addition to the fact that the commercials for it looked cool as well.
No less than 24 hours after the movie was released online, I gave it a viewing and was throughly impressed by it. Since I am no HHH fan and have only been watching wrestling for approximately (although my knowledge of the product goes much further than that), I was completely unaware of the early beginnings of his career. One thing I do know, though, was the fact that he was trained by Killer Kowalski in Massachusetts, so it was cool to see some footage of HHH training with the late, great WWE Hall of Famer. I also had no idea HHH was at one point under contract with WCW before jumping ship to WWE. Typically, Eric Bischoff let him slip right through his fingers, and it certainly wasn't the first time that had happened (remember "Stunning" Steve Williams?).
The part that I found most interesting about Triple H's documentary was when they went into detail about how he was punished by management (specifically by Vince McMahon, who also commented on the matter) after breaking kayfabe and hugging Kevin Nash and Scott Hall on their last night with the company. It was quite surprising that it was mentioned, but I guess it was to show how much adversity HHH had to overcome and what he had to go through in order to get where he is today. The next thing that was discussed was the unfolding of his legitimate relationship with Stephanie McMahon which occurred shortly after they were partnered on television. It was intriguing to see how they were still drawn to each other despite being disallowed to date at the behest of Vince.
HHH and Stephanie would comment on their relationship and eventual marriage later on in the documentary and Stephanie answering questions pertaining to if she truly knew her husband as well as she thought she did was comical (I believe it might be on the extras portion of the DVD). However, most of what HHH accomplished over the course of the 2000s was hardly mentioned, with the exception of Evolution. Did you know that Mark Jindrak was originally supposed to be a part of the faction? That was news to me for sure.
The documentary skips over most of what occurred in the latter half of his career (which makes sense since it was nothing noteworthy anyway) and talks about his backstage duties. As previously stated, I greatly respect HHH for all that he has done for the business as a wrestler and as an official, as he has been the agent of a lot of change in recent years. His involvement with NXT among other things was highlighted here as the tremendous workload he has on a regular basis.
Of everything included in this documentary, I would certainly say that the people that are brought in to talk about HHH was the best thing about it. From William Regal to Diamond Dallas Page to Linda McMahon, it seemed like WWE managed to get a word from everyone that was ever close to HHH. It was also awesome to see The Undertaker out of character (a rare thing this day and age) and to see him contribute as much as he did.
Unlike most competitors, HHH has never truly had a standpoint match. Sure, he's a great wrestler and has had several solid matches over the course of his career, but none of them were memorable to the point of being five star classics. While that is merely my opinion, the matches featured on this DVD were nothing too fantastic and were reflective of that statement. However, whenever the documentary portion is released on Netflix or if you are looking to buy a copy of the DVD, I would strongly suggest checking it out for being both incredibly informative and a joy to watch.
Should you see this movie? Yes.