Fresh after watching the new Triple H DVD, Thy Kingdom Come, and I figured a quick review would make for a good article here tonight. First let me say that I have not yet got around to watching the bonus features, included matches or deleted scenes, just the straight documentary. Let me say that I don’t know whose decision it was to upgrade the quality of the WWE documentary DVDs, but in the past 2, maybe 3 years they have stepped up severely. I think of how many sub-par DVD’s WWE has released over the years, simply glossing over the wrestlers career, showing the big matches that all big time fans have already seen. This new series of DVD’s, I’m specifically thinking of the latest Randy Orton, CM Punk, Edge and Stone Cold DVD’s, have begun going very in-depth. This new series of documentaries go deep into the performers life, both how they became professional wrestlers and how they deal with their life after the success.
I remember the Randy Orton DVD where he openly and honestly discussed his drug addiction and problems faced, while on the WWE roster. The type of stuff they simply would not have released and admitted about one of their workers just 5 years ago. And of course the same is true for the HHH DVD, had this DVD been made only 5 years ago it would be a completely different project. HHH spoke of how he has never liked drinking, smoking or doing drugs, that’s something as a lifelong fan I never knew. Just the character of HHH, I assumed he was a drinker; not that I ever thought the guy was an alcoholic, just with Evolution, it seems like they would be the type of guys who would enjoy popping bottle of champagne, but the guy just likes to work hard, doesn’t touch the vices and as a fan it’s nice to see they talk about the subject and make these people seem real.
Also the amount of interviews, and the variety of those interviews was something that surprised me, but was an extremely welcomed touch. I remember the days when these DVD’s would include little more the subject of the DVD doing his interview, the list of superstars that was included on HHH’s DVD was absolutely all star. A couple things really surprised me watching the HHH DVD, I’ll try not to spoil too much, but The Undertaker was interviewed for the project. To the best of my knowledge I have never seen The Undertaker in another interview on any other WWE project; even the VHS of “This Is My Yard” has The Undertaker interviewed in the shadows, without showing his face. On CM Punk’s DVD Undertaker was referenced, his opinion was stated, but we never heard from him, here on HHH’s though we got to hear plenty from Taker, really good quality interview.
Some other notables I wasn’t expecting were The Rock and Mick Foley, not exactly the rarest interviews to see, but still we on the internet have heard those rumours of HHH having problems with both those characters. Yet on this DVD we see both of them complimenting Hunter and talking about how great their matches were together. The one that truly blew me away was Brock Lesnar, there are Brock Lesnar interview clips on HHH’s DVD. This really only surprises me because of the limited dates on Lesnar’s contract and I wonder if that interview was used as one of the dates in his contract. Vince McMahon showed some very real emotion in his interviews discussing HHH, even getting slightly teary eyed, which to me only makes the entire WWE product more real. One glaring omission? There were no interviews from Shane McMahon, he was mentioned, but we didn’t get to hear from him.
There were a couple things missing from the documentary, which clocked in over 2 hours, that I really had hoped they would discuss. One being his name, just the fact that the boys call him Hunter, his real name is Paul and he’s advertised for movies as Triple H. I just would have liked to hear his opinion of the situation and maybe his wife; small point I know, but I would have liked it. The one that really bothered me was Chyna, they mentioned her and discussed her character and how she fit into the show, but not any of the personal happenings. There are some pretty obvious reason as to why this wasn’t mentioned, but I think for the full story it would have helped. I really enjoyed this documentary and didn’t expect to, I’m walking out a bigger Triple H fan than when I started so I’d say they succeeded. The amount of work he puts in was really highlight and just how much he wanted to be the best, how much he sacrificed for it, things I didn’t know but made me respect the man much more. I’m excited to work for him.