Saturday, April 25, 2020

What Happened During Triple H's 25th Anniversary Celebration (Photos, Video)

What Happened During Triple H's 25th Anniversary Celebration
This week's WWE SmackDown episode closed with the 25th Anniversary Celebration for WWE Hall of Famer Triple H.

The segment ran for almost 30 minutes and featured WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels joining The Game in the ring for a look back at his career, with lots of comedy. They received video calls from Stephanie McMahon plus WWE Hall of Famers "Road Dogg" BG James and Ric Flair. The segment ended after a special appearance by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

The time shown on Triple H's phone during the video call with Stephanie indicated that the show did not air live. It looks like SmackDown aired on a tape delay of 1 hour or 1 hour and 20 minutes this week.

Here is a recap of the segment:

Triple H makes his way to the ring. He says it is hard to believe it has been 25 years. He says...

Shawn Michaels interrupts Hunter and he makes his way to the ring. Shawn says you weren't getting away without him coming out to be with Hunter. Shawn tells Hunter to practice social distancing. He says in lieu of this celebration, he sent out hundreds of hundreds of invitations to his friends and loved ones. Well, we are all here for you.

We see that there is no one in the building. Hunter points out that Cole and Corey are here, but Shawn says they have to be here.

Shawn says they have been friends for the entire 25 years. Before we celebrate, he wants to thank Hunter for the 25th anniversary show that he had on Smackdown. He asks Hunter about it and Hunter says it was a wild time. Shawn asks Hunter what was his favorite moment and Hunter says it is so hard to pick just one. Shawn says he never had one. Shawn says he is not angry about that. Hunter tells Shawn he was supposed to have a 25 year anniversary show and Hunter says heads will roll when he gets to headquarters.

Shawn mentions Degeneration X and they were money. They had a good time and they had fun. Everything worked and they were flawless. They were one shot wonders. Everything they did turned to gold.

We take a look at the "Not So" Great Moments in Degeneration X history.

Shawn goes on about Triple H's career and accomplishments, mentioning 14 world championships, numerous WrestleMania wins and countless WrestleMania moments. Shawn likes to think of himself as Mr. WrestleMania, but what he did on The Grandest Stage of Them All pales in comparison. Shawn sends us to a somewhat comedic video package of Triple H's WrestleMania moments - which includes more than a dozen losses and a bunch of punches in a corner from Ronda Rousey. Shawn says that makes Triple H look not that good. Triple H asks Shawn how many WrestleMania losses he had and Shawn says this isn't about him. Triple H says that does make him want to thank people that joined him in the ring every night. He names legends and WWE Hall of Famers - The Rock, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Batista, Mick Foley, Randy Orton, Shawn. He says it was incredible and without those people to be in the ring with, his career would be nothing. Shawn says those people probably feel the same way, as he does. Shawn brings up Triple H meeting Stephanie McMahon now, or as he calls her Stephanie No One. Triple H's phone rings and he has to answer it. It's the wife. We see her video chatting with her husband. Stephanie brings up Shawn mocking her on TV. Triple H downplays it but she says she's watching it live. She starts ripping on Shawn but Triple H hangs up and tells Shawn she said hi. The DX comedy continues. Shawn brings up Evolution. WWE Hall of Famer calls in with a video chat next. He congratulates Triple H and says he loves both Shawn and Triple H. They do the same. Flair jokes that Triple H better not let Shawn superkick him at the end of the segment. Flair says God bless and ends his call. Triple H gets another call but the camera cuts away to commercial after some muffled noise or commotion on the other end.

Back from the break and Triple H takes a quick call from WWE Hall of Famer "Road Dogg" Brian James and they do a little bit of comedy. Shawn says it's almost time to go but Triple H says he spoke with FOX and they can go as long as they want tonight. The familiar "No Chance" music hits as WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon hits.

Vince says they didn't think he was going to miss out on making remarks, did they? Shawn interrupts and says this is going to be a special moment between Vince and his son-in-law. Vince says Triple H's 25 years is really extraordinary. Under normal circumstances Vince would come down to the ring from the stage and join them. Vince is apparently practicing social distancing. Vince talks about some of the hits and misses from Triple H's career, mostly misses and jokes around some more. He apparently indicates that Triple H was behind the infamous "This Is Your Life" segment from 2017. Vince says that segment brought the crickets out but it wasn't Bayley's fault. Vince says seriously, I love you. Triple H says he loves Vince back. Shawn interrupts and says he loves them both. Vince laughs and says tonight he just wants to say that Triple H's performance tonight, and just him overall, is just God awful. It sucked, it was rotten, as someone close to them would say. Vince says he's ashamed of them tonight and if they haven't put everyone to sleep by now, he will say goodnight. Vince struts some off the stage and tells Triple H to wrap it up, padre. Triple H asks if Vince is throwing them out as Vince exits back to the Gorilla Position.

The lights start going down in the WWE Performance Center while Triple H and Shawn are still in the ring. We hear the sound of crickets echo out over the arena. Triple H jokes that Vince really is throwing them out. It's just about pitch black in the Performance Center now. Triple H asks Shawn if he hears the crickets too. "The story of your career, pal. The story of your career," Shawn says. SmackDown on FOX goes off the with with Shawn and Triple H standing in the middle of the ring, with the lights off in the Performance Center.