Triple H calls himself "The Game," and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees with that assumption.
Since making his World Wrestling Federation debut in the spring of 1995, Hunter Hearst Helmsley has done it all in the sports-entertainment industry. He's the only man in the history of the business to have been a Grand Slam Champion and to have won King of the Ring and the Royal Rumble.
Triple H's dedication to the business was never more evident than on the May 21, 2001, episode of RAW. On that night, The Game teamed with Stone Cold Steve Austin to take on Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho in a Tag Team Championship match. During the bout, Triple H tore his left quadriceps muscle completely off the bone. Yet The Game found the heart to finish the bout, never once even thinking about giving up.
After eight months of hellacious rehab, The Game returned
to a hero's welcome on the Jan. 7, 2002, episode of RAW. Now a fan favorite
for the first time in years, Triple H has also broken up with his wife, Stephanie
McMahon-Helmsley. And now, Triple H finds himself on top of the Federation once
9th August 2002
TRIPLE H BIDS AND BUYS HOGAN PORTRAIT AT CHARITY DINNER IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
HHH vs Hulk Hogan for the WWF Undisputed Title at Backlash : 21st April 2002
Triple H Speaks Out : (April 2002)
Triple H was a guest on Mark Madden's ESPN radio show recently, and the interview is online at www.espnradio1250.com/listenlive.asp
- Triple H thinks the brand extension will freshen the product up. He feels this will give a lot of wrestlers an opportunity to be on television, and that new stars will emerge.
- He said working both shows is no change for him, since he was doing it before. He enjoys being on both shows, since it keeps him on his toes and gives him a greater variety of people to work with. He feels in some ways it is like being on two totally different shows.
- He is looking forward to wrestling Hulk Hogan at Backlash. Fifteen years ago he'd never believe that he would be world champion, and wrestling Hogan. He thinks it will be a special match for himself and the fans and said it is more of the "Babe Ruth vs. the stars of today" that fans got from Hogan vs. Rock.
- Concerning being a babyface, he pointed out that fans are cheering him, but he isn't really different. He's not as violent in his promos, but he is mostly the same. If fans want to boo him when he wrestles Hogan, that's great, he's just got to be careful not to then go for heel heat and try to give them a reason to boo him. Either way the fans choose to react is fine for him.
- He talked about how having a passion for the business is the most important thing for a wrestler to have. Pointed out that Mick Foley was not the greatest athlete in the world, but he had the passion. Triple H also said that you can't take yourself too seriously and have to be able to laugh at yourself. You can't refuse to do things that are entertaining just because they might make you look silly.
- Triple H talked about continuing the match after his quad injury, said that is just what you do in the business. You don't take time off when you are hurt. He talked about wrestlers in WCW doing it, and said it was probably more a result of "a bad working environment". He said some people are just in it for money, but he said that even if he won the lottery tomorrow, he would still wrestle, because he has the passion for it.
- No one has given him heat over dating Stephanie. He said it actually makes things harder on him from management, than easier. He ends up working harder to show there is no preferential treatment, and he's expected to do more by Vince and others.
- He feels even if he broke up with Stephanie, Vince McMahon will always overlook personal issues in favor of business. Pointed out that Vince has worked with people who have personally screwed him over in the past if he felt he could make money with them.
- He joked that keeping Hall and Nash out of trouble has been a task. He said being in a miserable work environment makes you miserable, especially when you have passion for the business. In WCW, he felt it was ripping Hall and Nash up inside that the business was being run the way it was, and they acted out because of it.
- Triple H wants to work until he can't do it anymore, but doesn't want to hang on too long. As long as he can perform well, he will continue to do so, but doesn't want to overstay his usefulness.
HHH interview after loosing to Hulk Hogan at WWF Backlash 2002
HHH interview 25th April 2002 from "Last Call"