We’re now two days removed from the 2016 Royal Rumble, which concluded with Triple H becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the 14th time in his illustrious career. Some liked the show, some didn’t, and WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart is one of the people who didn’t enjoy the show, calling it too predictable. Hart also didn’t like that Triple H decided to “put the belt on himself again.”
Hart appeared on WrestleZone Radio following the Royal Rumble pay-per-view to talk about a number of things, including, of course, the Royal Rumble. He also gave his thoughts on Triple H winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
“I wasn’t that impressed with (the Royal Rumble). I thought it was one of the least exciting ones I’ve ever watched. I just didn’t find it very exciting. I found it very predictable.
“The whole ending was… even when it got down to the last four guys I was surprised that they were the four guys. That they would pin the whole hopes of WrestleMania on the hopes of these four guys. Or two of them anyway. I didn’t like the decision that Triple H, surprise, put the belt on himself again. It just seemed like it just showed a real lack of imagination if you ask me.”
— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 26, 2016
This isn’t the first time that Bret Hart has criticized WWE and Triple H for being too predictable following a big pay-per-view. Back in 2013, Hart appeared on Wrestle Talk TV, where he said that Triple H vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 27 was predictable and mediocre at best. Hart also called Triple H overrated and said that, in his opinion, he’s never had a great match with anyone.
While Hart has been on good terms with WWE since his return in 2010, it seems that he still isn’t fond of Triple H.
As for the Royal Rumble being too predictable, you can certainly make that argument. It was known for quite some time before the event that Triple H was going to return during the Rumble match and that he would likely end up winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
There were some who believed that Roman Reigns or even Bray Wyatt may walk out of the event as WWE Champ. However, on the day of the show, the betting odds, which had Triple H as the favorite to win the WWE Title, didn’t change. That is usually a pretty good indication of what’s to come.
— WWE (@WWE) January 26, 2016
As of this writing, the plan is to have Triple H enter the main event of WrestleMania 32 as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, where he’ll defend it against Roman Reigns, who is set to take on both Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar in a number one contender’s triple threat match at February’s WWE Fastlane pay-per-view. The winner of that match will go on to face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship this spring.
According to the Wrestling Observer, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Triple H defend his WWE Title before WrestleMania, which would make it two years in a row that the company’s main prize won’t be defended at the February pay-per-view.
Last year, the WWE Title wasn’t defended at the Fastlane show because Brock Lesnar, who was the champion at the time, wasn’t booked for the event. As a result, they ended up doing Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns in a number one contender’s match, which Reigns ended up winning.
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