Hmmm…I saw that HHH’s WM win-loss record is 9-12, but I don’t buy that it makes him underserving of his reputation as someone who doesn’t put people over. Look at the losses…
WM12 - basically a political loss to Warrior. This happened because it was early in HHH’s career…a year or two later and this job doesn’t happen.
WM15 - I didn’t even remember him losing to Kane at WM, don’t think it made much difference to either man’s career.
WM17 - first loss to Taker. No harm to HHH’s position in losing to the bigger star.
WM20 - the triple threat. A job to Benoit didn’t really effect HHH as 1)it was a transitional reign for a guy who was never going to upend him on the card and 2) he had the belt back six months later
WM21 - his loss to Batista was actually HHH putting someone over properly but as Cornette summarised at the time, Batista was older and more injury prone than HHH so wasn’t going to take HHH’s spot long term.
WM22 - a loss to John Cena, but I’m not sure how much this helped Cena. Is this the WM where HHH said to Cena in the press conference “You’re not a very good wrestler” and Cena nodded?
WM24 - a triple threat loss involving Orton and Cena. Both Cena and Orton were top guys already.
WM27 + 28 - two losses to 'Taker. Again, two losses to the biggest star in the company as part of the streak doesn’t really hurt HHH.
WM30 - his loss to Bryan helped DB but remember 1) it wasn’t the original plan and 2) it should have happened earlier. WWE should never ended up rushing the Daniel Bryan run at WM.
WM32 - HHH lost to Reigns in what I call a ‘HHH job’. Basically, the face gets beat down for months on ends building to an ‘epic’ (read: overlong) match where HHH finally loses…the problem is, the outcome is so obvious that it doesn’t help the winner…
WM33 - take the above and replace Reigns with Rollins
Sorry to ramble, but HHH doesn’t and never has elevated people unless they’re his mates (Orton, Sheamus) or are short term solutions (Batista, Benoit). I like NXT so appreciate his work there, but I roll my eyes when I see he’s wrestling.
There is a difference between losing and making a star of someone. Compare any of HHH’s above matches to Hart Vs Piper at WM8 for example…
Apologies again - not sure if it’s a hot take or 15 years of pent up anger coming out…if he’d just put RVD, Jericho and Booker over in 02/03…