You Just Lost The Game
Saw this in the new Observer and thought it was interesting:
It’s well known in the company that even though HHH has to embrace it for business reasons, that he hates fans on social media who comment on the product and hates people who act like they understand wrestling when they don’t have a clue.
I don’t think that’ll surprise anyone who saw his “go online and threaten to riot” rant on Monday.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have a clue why Triple H references this stuff on TV. For all I know, it’s calculated to fit into his heel act, to make him look like a hyperdefensive buffoon. But it always comes across like it bothers him in real life, and that it bothers him so much he has to use Raw as a bully pulpit to vent about it.
Now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t recall Stephanie ever really popping off on the internet like Hunter does. Steph runs downs the fans, but it’s generally the fans in the building, and it’s usually for encouraging the babyfaces to defy the Authority. So it all fits into the storyline and makes sense.
With HHH, though, he’s mad John Cena won so he’s going to mock people who get mad when John Cena wins, because…huh? It’s like peeling an onion: “I’m the evil boss so everything I’m saying is bullshit—except this part here which is breaking kayfabe so I want you to think I’m right—okay now I’m in character again so don’t agree with me now…” It may make Triple H a better actor than Stephanie, since it’s harder to tell what’s real and what’s performance. But it doesn’t make him a better heel.
Part of the problem is that Triple H can’t effectively comment on internet fandom through WWE television, because it doesn’t translate into broad physical action. (It wouldn’t make sense for an nerd hiding behind his computer to confront HHH in the ring for burying Damien Sandow, for a lot of reasons.) But more to the point, the issue is completely beneath Triple H, both as “the evil COO” and a real-life executive. So why bring it up on TV? It’s hard to come up with an answer that truly puts internet fans in their place, and doesn’t make Hunter look foolish for wasting his time.