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Old 08-17-2017, 10:15 AM
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Default What are some triple threat matches that WWE missed the boat on?

Whether it's because the triple threat match didn't exist yet, or they just failed to book it that way, what are some instances where you believe 3 would have been better than 2? Here are 5 potential matches that stand out to me, in chronological order.


1. Tag Team Championship: Demolition (c) vs. Legion of Doom vs. Hart Foundation (SummerSlam 1990)

When Hawk and Animal arrived in WWE, they made of known from the start that their sights were set on Ax, Smash and Crush. They would even get involved in the SS90 match between Demolition and the Hart Foundation when Ax tried to give the champions an upper hand. One could even argue that this could have even been a fatal 4-way situation involving The Rockers, who would win the titles from the Hitman and Anvil 2 months later (though the title change would never be recognized by WWE due to the top rope breaking during this match). In the post-match interview, the LOD crashed the party again and Hawk would tell Okerlund when questioned, "We fit in however we want."

2. WWE Championship: Randy Savage (c) vs. Ric Flair vs. Ultimate Warrior (SummerSlam 1992)

Not only was Ric Flair left out of the main event at the biggest SummerSlam of all time from Wembley Stadium, he wasn't included in the card at all. Instead, the storyline revolved around the question of who would have Flair and Mr. Perfect in their corner, Savage or Warrior? Well, it was rather anti-climactic when neither man aligned with Flair. Not to mention the march disappointed with a count out finish. A crowd of over 80,000 deserved better.

3. WWE Championship: Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania X)

I'm not complaining about the way they booked this one at all, because we got to see Bret Hart wrestle twice including a classic against his brother Owen in the opener. But a triple threat was certainly a way they could have gone when they chose to crown co-winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble in Hart and Luger.

4. WWE Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (SummerSlam 1997)

Rather than see Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee between Taker and Bret, I would've loved to see him lace up the boots in a triple threat here. Bret and Shawn clearly had no love lost between themselves and it would have been great to see the feud intertwine with Taker and his championship. This could have been your Survivor Series main event as well and who knows, maybe if Taker had been chosen to go over, the Montreal Screwjob could have been avoided before Bret set sail for WCW. Doubtful, but possible.

5. WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. The Rock vs. John Cena (WrestleMania XXIX)

The most recent and definitely the first one that comes to mind when I considered this question. I'll never quite understand why this match never took place, seeing how these 3 men were entangled in a feud since the previous August when Punk turned heel. He should have walked into Mania the reigning champ of over 500 days, not drop it at the Royal Rumble to The Rock. Some say that it should have been Punk vs. Taker, streak vs. streak, which I can get behind as well. However, by this time Taker's appearances were few and far between, so would it have been wise to have a 500+ day title reign come to an end for someone who would have to just turn around and drop it shortly thereafter? Oh wait, they did that. Maybe the only way to please everyone (or at least most) would have been for The Rock to win the championship at WM29 and lose it directly back to Punk in the rematch at Payback.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:35 PM
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I have always wondered about why this so here it goes lol...

WWE Championship: Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Survivor Series 1999) (Could've had the match at Summerslam 1999 or Wrestlemania X-Seven)

Arguably the top three superstars at the time in WWE, if not all of wrestling, I was really looking forward to this match. Of course, on the night of Survivor Series 1999, Austin gets ran over by a car, which was used as the storyline excuse for him to have neck surgery from the injury he suffered two years prior by Owen Hart at Summerslam, & then Big Show ends up taking his place and winning the title later on that night. I was 11 at the time, but I always wondered why did WWE tease the fans into having that match on the card only to see Austin being taken out on the night of the PPV & then replaced? Did something come up the week of or after the match was announced in regards to Austin absolutely having to have the neck surgery?

If not, then they could have had the match months earlier at Summerslam & had The Rock instead of Mankind in the triple threat match. Of course, there is the popular myth that Austin didn't want to put Triple H over so instead Mankind won the title that night & lost it to HHH the following night on RAW. However, you could've done the same thing with The Rock, if that rumor were to be true lol.

You could've also had this match at Wrestlemania X-Seven. Austin had won the 2001 Royal Rumble, while HHH beat the #1 contender for the WWE Title in Austin at Three Stages of Hell the following month at No Way Out. You could've then had HHH force his way into the main event at WM X-Seven setting up the triple threat with Austin & his arch rival at the time in The Rock. You still could've had Austin turn heel & join forces with McMahon at WM, with HHH selling some sort of injury & having him on the floor for a long period of time, & then have HHH & Austin form the Two-Man Power Trip the following night on RAW (I get it that it would've been even more strange seeing HHH & Austin form an alliance 24 HOURS after their triple-threat match but hey much stranger things have happened in wrestling lol).

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Old 08-17-2017, 01:01 PM
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I was convinced for a while that this was the direction WWE were going in, until reports stated otherwise. And it's from this year.

WrestleMania 33: AJ Styles (c) vs. John Cena vs. The Undertaker for the WWE Championship

To me, the ultimate triple threat match. I'm not sure how I would exactly have set it up. An easy option would have been for Taker to win the Rumble match, which is fine with me, or have him qualify for this match at the Elimination Chamber, with Styles regaining the title in a straight one-on-one rematch with Cena. The story is then set really. Styles is the champion and one of the best to come our way in a long time. He's also the guy we never thought we would see in a WWE ring, and here he is defending the world title at WrestleMania. Then you have John Cena who always brings everything he has at WrestleMania. He would be gunning for his 17th title reign too. And then you have The Undertaker. At this point, you can never know whether he will win or lose, but he is the biggest living legend there is in kayfabe, and maybe even reality. To me, this is superior to the WWE Championship story and match we actually did get, and gives all three guys probably a better position and match than they did get.

This is a bona fide WrestleMania main event. It keeps the WWE Championship from getting lost in the shuffle a little, even though I know the build up with Randy and Bray was fine, but look where the title is at now. Styles deserved the main event and I think we all knew that, though his match and story with Shane was incredibly fun and entertaining. It also gives Cena the inevitable 17th reign now rather than later. And Taker can still have his last ride in style. I suppose Cena pinning Taker is the way to end this match. Now, I understand that Cena took off soon afterwards, so him winning the title does seem pointless, but let's suspend a little disbelief. And I don't know exactly where Reigns would have gone, but he was actually feuding with Braun Strowman at the time so they could have had a match at WrestleMania. This is how I would have done the main event here, and I think it would have been a fantastic one.

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Old 08-18-2017, 02:56 AM
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3. WWE Championship: Yokozuna (c) vs. Lex Luger vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania X)

I'm not complaining about the way they booked this one at all, because we got to see Bret Hart wrestle twice including a classic against his brother Owen in the opener. But a triple threat was certainly a way they could have gone when they chose to crown co-winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble in Hart and Luger.
I disagree with this one. Wrestlemania X told a great story first of Owen Hart beating Bret setting up a great feud during the summer, Bret Hart winning the title back from Yokozuna after getting screwed at WMIX, and making the main event all about Bret Hart getting his title back.

It also allowed WMX to a very dynamic and somewhat unpredictable event and helped fillout the card in a roster that was very thin at the time.

WMX would have gone to great to terrible if they all put Yoko, Luger, and Hart in one match.

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4. WWE Championship: The Undertaker (c) vs. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (SummerSlam 1997)

Rather than see Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee between Taker and Bret, I would've loved to see him lace up the boots in a triple threat here. Bret and Shawn clearly had no love lost between themselves and it would have been great to see the feud intertwine with Taker and his championship. This could have been your Survivor Series main event as well and who knows, maybe if Taker had been chosen to go over, the Montreal Screwjob could have been avoided before Bret set sail for WCW. Doubtful, but possible.
Again I disagree here the setup created a great story here with Michaels and Hart risking never wrestling in the United States again. Also it allowed HBK to turn heel and probably had his most successful singles run prior to 2002. Plus this also allowed for all the heat to go to Bret Hart during the match. I mean look at the garbage being thrown post match.

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WWE Championship: Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Survivor Series 1999) (Could've had the match at Summerslam 1999 or Wrestlemania X-Seven)

Arguably the top three superstars at the time in WWE, if not all of wrestling, I was really looking forward to this match. Of course, on the night of Survivor Series 1999, Austin gets ran over by a car, which was used as the storyline excuse for him to have neck surgery from the injury he suffered two years prior by Owen Hart at Summerslam, & then Big Show ends up taking his place and winning the title later on that night. I was 11 at the time, but I always wondered why did WWE tease the fans into having that match on the card only to see Austin being taken out on the night of the PPV & then replaced? Did something come up the week of or after the match was announced in regards to Austin absolutely having to have the neck surgery?

If not, then they could have had the match months earlier at Summerslam & had The Rock instead of Mankind in the triple threat match. Of course, there is the popular myth that Austin didn't want to put Triple H over so instead Mankind won the title that night & lost it to HHH the following night on RAW. However, you could've done the same thing with The Rock, if that rumor were to be true lol.

You could've also had this match at Wrestlemania X-Seven. Austin had won the 2001 Royal Rumble, while HHH beat the #1 contender for the WWE Title in Austin at Three Stages of Hell the following month at No Way Out. You could've then had HHH force his way into the main event at WM X-Seven setting up the triple threat with Austin & his arch rival at the time in The Rock. You still could've had Austin turn heel & join forces with McMahon at WM, with HHH selling some sort of injury & having him on the floor for a long period of time, & then have HHH & Austin form the Two-Man Power Trip the following night on RAW (I get it that it would've been even more strange seeing HHH & Austin form an alliance 24 HOURS after their triple-threat match but hey much stranger things have happened in wrestling lol).
Rock vs. Triple H vs. Austin should not have been done at WM X-Seven. At the time WWE were doing multi-man title matches for 2 years and it started to get tiresome. WM X-Seven had to have a special match and at the time having a simple one on one match with the two biggest stars in the company was the way to go.

Summer Slam 1999 was not the place to do it either. The match should have been a one on one match and I actually lost interest in the event, at the time, the moment they inserted Foley.

The place to have done the triple threat was Survivor Series 1999. They could have done an injury angle on Austin during the match maybe 10 mins in. So we could have still had that match.

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Old 08-18-2017, 06:01 AM
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World Heavyweight Championship: Triple H vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21)

This seems like it should've been a no-brainer: Evolution implodes at WrestleMania. Batista would've still won the Royal Rumble and Triple H and Ric Flair would be trying to convince Batista to jump to SmackDown to challenge John Bradshaw Layfield for the WWE Championship. But Randy Orton would be trying to make Batista see what Triple H and Flair are trying to do. We would still have the contract signing where Batista does the thumbs down and turns babyface. Now Triple H would be pissed because he feels Orton got into Batista's ear and would target him. He then convinces Eric Bischoff to put Batista's title shot at WrestleMania on the line in a match against Orton, because he feels confident that beating Orton would be easier than beating Batista. Orton and Batista have their match and costs Batista the match. However, Vince McMahon would overrule the decision because of Triple H's interference. Instead, we get the triple threat match at WrestleMania. I would still have Batista win the match, which would begin the slow heel turn for Orton.

As for the Undertaker, I would have him wrestle Chris Benoit.
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I remember once hulk hogan was asked which match do you think should have happened in WWE. And he responded by saying The triple threat between, Stone cold, The Rock, And HH himself.
I believe this match would have been really huge between the greats of all time. This match doesn't need any explanation as they were the three huge faces. And it would have been awesome if all three would have fought against each other.

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I totally agree w/ the Cena v Rock v Punk and the all Evolution triple threats.

Hulk Hogan v Macho King Randy Savage v Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VII

The battle of Rock N' Wrestling's Mt Rushmore.

The only thing that could possibly be more epic would if Mt Rushmore's presidents came to life and the Mt Washington fought Mt Lincoln, Mt Roosevelt, and Mt Jefferson in a tectonic battle of seismic proportions.

Undertaker v Diesel v Psycho Sid at Wrestlemania 13

I've always been a fan of the Taker/Diesel match and my parents bought me way too many of those In Your House PPVs w/ Diesel's jack knife vs Sid's powerbomb matches.

It would be even cooler if Undertaker busted out the Last Ride even earlier in his career.

Bret Hart v Owen Hart v Shawn Michaels

HBK doesn't get along w/ the Hart boys and those Hart boys ain't always on the same side either.

I just summarized years worth of WWF TV during the New Generation era. And a triple threat between those 3 would awesome at any point during that timeframe.

Undertaker v Kane v Vader

This just sounds absolutely brutal on paper.

Undertaker v Mankind v Kane

This would be the Jeopardy answer to "What if Vince McMahon did a frame by frame remake of Mel's Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' like that 'Psycho' remake w/ Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates?"

WCW Bill Goldberg v WWF Stone Cold Steve Austin v ECW Rob Van Dam

I don't think they were ever all under contract at the same time, but this would've been awesome if the WCW Invasion angle were handled properly.

Seems like a lot of the same chemistry that went into that Seth Rollins v John Cena v Brock Lesnar match would've also worked here.

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