All right, cards on the table. We all know that WWE Superstars are just characters, we all know The Undertaker isn't really dead and Kane isn't really his brother. But when someone like Triple H breaks his character, we know there has to be a good reason.
The COO was out for the main event of last night's Raw Reunion show and at some point during the match or when Sting came out and interfered, Triple H lost it and managed to make a child in the front row cry.
Now, sometimes the whole point of being a bad guy is to make children cry, wrestling stirs up emotions that children don't understand, that's completely normal.
But Triple H, being a father himself, then went over to the boy, hugged him and then smiled at him presumably to show that he wasn't really as mad as the character he was portraying.
This was in front of a packed arena and now photos of this act have gone viral on social media and suddenly "kayfabe is dead." Well. It's been dead for a long time. The internet pretty much killed kayfabe, not a crying child.
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Various reports suggest that after the show the boy and his father were taken backstage to meet the superstars and probably so that Triple H could apologise once more.
Good or bad?
Was it a kind gesture? Or did it just ruin wrestling for this child? Well, he isn't going to believe Triple H is the bad guy any more and he isn't going to believe any of the story lines he is then placed into. And for a kid that is probably the worst thing anyone could have done.
He has just shown that kid that wrestling is scripted, that's like telling him Santa isn't real. Kids don't understand the way adults do, you could have told him it was scripted and he wouldn't believe you, but Triple H's actions would have shown him that it wasn't.
Of course it could also work the other way now and he may love it even more because he can tell all him friends he met the COO and various other superstars backstage, but it still wasn't really the right thing to do.
The Attitude Era used to make children cry all the time and Triple H was an integral part of that, the point of wrestling is to allow those emotions to happen and allow people to understand the story in their own way.
A child crying means that you are a believable bad guy, you should leave them and let them hate you until you turn face again. Hopefully hundreds of other children don't follow his lead and decide wrestling is that emotional, it's the PG era. Wrestling is now set up as a child friendly show, or does this show that it isn't as family friendly as WWE seem to think?