Triple H’s World Class Face Turn
Being in character is what professional wrestling is all about. It’s a classic soap opera of good versus evil. You have your “faces” (good guy characters), and your “heels” (bad guy characters). Despite knowing it’s a show, we can all agree we love to feed into those characters during live events. Sometimes however, it can be a bit too much for younger audiences.
This past week on Raw, the main event consisted of John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane, with The Authority at ringside. Triple H used the classic heel tactic of antagonizing the crowd, creating a reaction. There was a young boy however chanting his name over and over again. He then looked at the boy directly and told him “Hey, stop messing with me. I’m trying to do my job over here.” This caused an even greater reaction to the young fan, who was caught by the camera in tears. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon noticed this, and rather than sticking to “kayfabe” (keeping in character), they went over to console the boy. Soon after, this act of incredible kindness spread through the internet, and even garnered some global media attention.
This shows us two things: The idea of Professional Wrestling has drastically changed since we were kids (characters would never break kayfabe), and Triple H is a world class hero. The fact that not only did he walk over to the young fan to make sure he was ok, but sent him and his father backstage to talk and take pictures, really shows you what kind of person Triple H is. Yes, he has to put the suit on just like everybody else, but at the end of the day, he truly does know what’s best for business.
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