6 Ups And 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE Raw (August 21)
5. Resetting An Era
Way back at WrestleMania 28, Triple H and The Undertaker
battled in what was called the “End of an Era” match, a Hell in a Cell bout
refereed by Shawn Michaels and sold as the last vestiges of the Attitude Era.
Six-plus years later, the two grizzled veterans will go one-on-one
one last time at Super Showdown in Australia this October. If both men are up
to it, it could be a pretty decent match and at the very least, it should
provide the Melbourne crowd a spectacle.
So why is this a “down?” For starters, the match was
announced before Triple H came out, so he wasn’t making news, just selling the
match, which it turns out that Vince McMahon simply booked. That’s quite an odd
way to resurrect an End of an Era.
Triple H’s promo was technically fine, but the entire
reasoning for the match was completely off. Hunter talked about how that End of
an Era match changed everyone.
Except, that’s not entirely true. Undertaker has wrestled at
every Mania since 2012, and even competed at Greatest Royal Rumble in April.
Triple H has taped up and become The Game plenty of times since then – at least
19 televised matches since then. They’ve competed at every WrestleMania since
WM 28, just not against each other.
This wasn’t a bad moment, but the execution was off. HHH
could have framed everything differently and it would have worked fine. But
this missed the mark.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.