BillThompson Posted May 18, 2014 Report Share Posted May 18, 2014 Watching NXT from last week and the main event of Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd got me thinking about the concept of the Triple Threat match. It's become possibly the most popular gimmick match in pro wrestling, or at least in North America it seems to be most widely used gimmick match. It's a match that can, and often does, offer up neat and interesting spots, but all the same I find it to be a very problematic match. I'm not a fan of the gimmick, and while I know it's not going anywhere, I really wish it would go away, or at the least be used way less than it is. I find that the Triple Threat match doesn't connect with me on a basic structural level. In general a lot of the elements I favor, such as limb work, are eschewed in a Triple Threat match. There's no point in working over someone's arm when the goal of the match is a flash victory, or a victory earned through hard fought attrition. When a Triple Threat match tries for a submission nearfall or finish, it rings hollow to me because 99% of the time there's been nothing done in the match to indicate working towards the submission. There's the issue of one competitor having to lay around for a while. This is probably what gets me the most about Triple Threat matches. The idea of guys hitting big moves on one another and then having one person lay around so that two of the wrestlers can go at it only to have one of those guys get taken out by a big move and then that person lays around while the person previously laying around jumps into the fray is tiresome to me. It really takes me out of the match as it's not something I can buy into or believe. The previously mentioned cool spots are indeed cool, but too often they evoke cool at the sake of believability. In the Breeze/Zayn/Kidd match there was a spot where Zayn locked up Breeze for an Exploder Suplex while at the same time Kidd locked up Zayn for a German Suplex. Of course the spot ends up being that Zayn and Kidd go for their moves at the same time and the end result is all three guys being out of it for a while. It's a cool spot in principle, but when it played out I found I didn't find myself invested in the spot. It's too fake to state my point more bluntly, as I'm not willing to accept that Zayn would hold onto the Exploder Suplex when he knows that Kidd has hold of him. There's also the timing aspect of Zayn and Kidd having to lift at the same exact time which comes across as far too choreographed. The visual popped the crowd huge, so I'm clearly in the minority on this. There are examples of Triple Threat matches that do work. I remember being quite fond of the initial Hardys/Dudleys/E&C Triple Threat matches as those were geared to be big bomb spotfests worked at a rather breakneck speed. I also remember quite liking some of the initial RoH Triple Threat matches, but I haven't seen those matches in years. In the end though, I think the Triple Threat does more harm to a feud/angle than it does good and it's not a match that I look forward to seeing 99% of the time. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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