03rd Oct2013

‘WWE: Triple H – Thy Kingdom Come’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

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Triple H continues to build upon his enduring legacy. From 13-time World Champion to COO, Triple H has played multiple roles spanning decades. Packed with over 2 hours of documentary footage, all-new interviews and matches, this compilation profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.

There have been some outstanding documentary and match-compilation sets released by WWE in recent years, with the likes of Edge, Steve Austin and CM Punk receiving wonderful treatment with their releases. The latest in the line of superstar specific packages is this one, a documentary and match combination for Triple H.

Triple H’s career is an interesting one and this set covers the main points of his storied occupation as a professional wrestler. The documentary portion is done very well, as they usually are nowadays, and we get to hear candid and interesting stories from a variety of people close to Paul “Triple H” Levesque, including his parents, the McMahon family, Shawn Michaels among plenty of others. It’s also well worth pointing out that we get to hear truthfully from an out-of-character Mark “Undertaker” Callaway, which is really brilliant and makes me feel positive that we will see a full Undertaker career retrospective with the man himself, talking about his life, once he retires.

There are the stories of his upbringing, his training with Killer Kowalski, his WCW stint, his debut and subsequent association with “The Clique”, his WWE career, his relationship with Stephanie McMahon, his family life and his current role in the office of World Wrestling Entertainment. It’s all relevant and for the most-part it holds your attention and offers some truly insightful information about Paul Levesque and the behind-the-scenes life of a professional wrestler.

The matches, which range from his WCW run up to his recent WWE performances are mostly excellent and show just how good he was, and is, as a worker and performer. It’s nice to see that his hour long “Iron Man Match” with The Rock from Judgement Day 2000 is here too, in full, for all to see. Other match highlights include Triple H’s matches with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy. Once again, the Blu-ray release includes some exclusives, including an extra match: the No Disqualification Match featuring Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar from WrestleMania 29 as well as a bunch of deleted stories from the documentary section.

There are some major matches that don’t make the cut, that perhaps should have, and it would have been nice to have seen a selection of landmark promos, but that is a small niggle in what is an excellent release from WWE for one of the best all-round performers of all time, and a major part of the future of professional wrestling.

Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come is available on DVD and BD through WWE/FreemantleMedia on October 14th.

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