I was surprised when I got the DVD and saw that it was only 2-discs. If Rey Mysterio, who hasn't been around the main event long enough to have a cup of coffee can get a 3-disc set for his second DVD release, why didn't Triple H? I was then greeted with the absolute worst packaging for a DVD set. The DVD comes in a cardboard fold-out box that goes inside of a plastic sleeve. Getting that box back into the sleeve proved to be an annoying task. The corners of the cardboard have shown significant damage despite only being used a few times. I'm curious to see how long the plastic sleeve will last.
As far as the DVD itself, between every match there is a brief Triple H interview where he describes the point in his career we are about to witness. I'm glad there is no documentary because The Game had one.
The major problem I have with this DVD is a ludicrous match selection. Do you remember his great feuds with The Rock, Kurt Angle, and Chris Jericho? Apparently the people putting this collection together forgot about them.
Overall Recommendation: Thumbs down. While there are a few good things about this DVD set, overall it is terribly disappointing. This DVD could have and should have been so much better. If you are a Triple H fan, I recommend that you try to track down a copy of the limited-release DVD Triple H: That Damn Good which came out several years ago.
What's on the DVD?
Matches on Disc One
- RAW '95: vs. John Crystal - This is Triple H's RAW debut. Considering that we get to see his pro debut later on the DVD and have seen his WWE debut on The Game this is a waste of time. Historical does not mean good.
- RAW '96: vs. Marc Mero - Historical still doesn't equal good. By the way, did they have to show the celebration before the match that totally gives away the surprise ending in this match?
- King of the Ring '97: vs. Mankind - This is the first of many PPV battles against Mick Foley and the first of three matches against Mick on the disc. I highly recommend watching the first half of this match in fast forward mode. Again, historical does not mean good.
- WrestleMania XIV: vs. Owen Hart - This is not the first match I would think of when it comes to Triple H at WrestleMania but I will never complain about seeing an Owen Hart match.
- RAW '99: vs. Mankind - This is much better than their first match on the DVD and is also much more historic.
- No Mercy '99: No Holds Barred Match vs. Steve Austin - While not as good as their classic battle at No Way Out '01, since that match has already been on DVD several times this is a pretty good selection for this DVD.
- No Way Out '00: Hell in a Cell vs. Mick Foley - Finally this classic match has been released DVD.
- Benoit Reference Note: In the Austin DVD that came out last month, the WWE edited out all pictures of Chris. On this DVD, Triple H mentions him by name because of the injury he suffered in a tag team match against him and then briefly footage of Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho is shown. Seeing how the WWE deals with Benoit footage will be an interesting sub-plot of future WWE DVD releases.
- Royal Rumble '01 - This match is joined in progress from the point that Triple H enters the match.
Matches on Disc Two
- Armageddon'02: Street Fight/Cage/Ladder Match vs. Shawn Michaels - On paper, this should have been the greatest match ever. However, for some reason something didn't click here. Since their classic RAW and SummerSlam matches are on other DVD sets, I have no problem with this match being put on this DVD.
- Vengeance '05: Hell in a Cell Match vs. Batista - The two best matches on this DVD set are both Hell in a Cell matches. With a Hell in a Cell DVD coming out later this year, depending on the matches selected for that disc, this DVD set may be totally worthless.
- Survivor Series '05: Last Man Standing Match vs. Ric Flair - Even at the tail end of his career, Flair can still put on a great match that men half his age can only dream about.
- Backlash '06: vs. Edge & John Cena - This is an interesting match as Triple H battled in the main event against two men that were just coming into their own as main event stars.
- DVD Extra: Hog Pen Match vs. Henry Godwinn - No Rock, Jericho, Angle, or Undertaker but I get to see this piece of feces (literally) instead.
- DVD Extra: Triple H's first match professional wrestling match - This is surprisingly good for somebody's first match. I enjoy that the match features commentary by Jim Ross and Triple H. Guest commentary tracks are something that I greatly enjoy and wish that WWE Home Video used more often.