Triple H's 2003 feud with Booker T will always be the standard bearer for this particular subject. It's to pro wrestling's detriment that it was forgiven and forgotten so quickly by the company even if fans refused to let the story die.
You remember it, or if you don't, here it is again before a WWE Network documentary presents it as the angle that turned the entire company around for good - Triple H and Ric Flair made remarks that absolutely could and should be construed as racist towards World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Booker T,
Trapped within the confines of a period where he beat absolutely everybody, this just felt like one more vanity victory for a man that once had a credible claim to being "That Damn Good" before his insecurity overwhelmed the memories of the time. He didn't get away with murder, but he accused Kane of doing just that. He gave backstage b*llockings about not being able to get over, then ensured that any efforts made to get Rob Van Dam, Bubba Dudley, The Hurricane and others there were undone as soon as they faced him.
Hunter's rationale was something to do waiting to build the guy to take his place, but he didn't half f*cking wait around before finally elevating Batista in 2005. In an effort not to make this list all about those turgid years, let's start with something nearing the end of his run, rather than the flabby middle...
10. Triple H Vs. Sting
Incredible gamesmanship from the man himself here, with a cerebral assassination on par with any of the bodies he took out during his most competitive period.
Over the course of one storyline and match, Triple H managed to abandon months of plot that clearly positioned him as the heel in need of a battering, reframing the war as a last battle of Atlanta (not that one) between WWE and WCW and even managed to go over despite an expressed interest from one-shot-deal Sting to actually do more with the company later that year. In doing so, he commanded 18:36 of the show (not including extended entrances and exits) before returning later for a mammoth angle with The Rock and Ronda Rousey.
How did this even come to be? When Sting tried to stop Triple H's evil Authority group from terrorising WWE of course - a story entirely divorced from the match despite it actually marrying up with 'The Icon's history as a vigilante. He should have learned lessons from the Starrcade '97 omnishambles and stayed in the rafters...