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...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.