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Triple H On CM Punk Calling Him A Doofus, Midcard Talent Needing To Step Up

Triple H appeared on Busted Open, which airs every Monday and Wednesday on Sirius 92 and XM 207 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

CM Punk’s controversial promo on June 27: “Punk said something about doofus, but he called John Laurinitis douchebag, which is way worse, right? The joke in the back was “at least I’m just a doofus, you’re a douchebag.” If you look at it from that standpoint, he called me a doofus, Stephanie an idiot and Johnny a douchebag, and everyone said “Oh my God!” He tore the roof off the place! He ripped the veil off! And it was like the most crazy promo of all time!” 5 years ago, no one would have blinked. That would have been a tame segment. Everyone would have looked at that promo and said “So what?” he didn’t say anything. In order for that to get the reaction that it did, we had to go where it had to go.

“I think sometimes, people think we bumble through this. Especially, and I don’t mean this disparagingly, the internet fan I think sometimes thinks that we throw darts at the wall and fumble around to see what we can come up with next. I mean there is actually a plan to a lot of this stuff, but things change. It’s live television, and people react certain ways and things don’t happen the way you expect them too, and you have to make changes. But there is a plan to a lot of this.”

Midcard talent possibly being affected by WWE’s rebranding: “Well I don’t think the end of the brands is here at all. I think it’s for a period of time, it’s trying to give the best shows that we can. If I was a mid-card guy or lower end, certainly I would look at that and go “Oh man, the spot that could have been mine is now Randy Orton’s”. To me, I’m a big believer, You know everyone thinks we make the stars. The guys make themselves. We follow what the fans want. Make yourself relevant. Go out and make yourself relevant. If you have been doing the same thing for years, and you have been getting the same reaction, and you’re in the same spot, change. We tell the guys that all the time and yet they don’t do it. We try to help them.

“There is just a different mentality, guys have to be willing and I think a lot of them think that they do, but they have to be willing to go out there and take it. They got to be willing to step on toes. They got to be willing to jump ahead. It’s a business. Be willing to step up and not take no for an answer. I have been a big believer that if you’re good enough, the cream rises to the top and you will get the spot.”

The PG product: “We had pushed the envelope so far and you get to a point that after a while, its like, Vince will always use this expression, even though it was completely irrelevant from a timeframe standpoint, but we had “Chainsaw Charlie”. Where do you go after a guy with a chainsaw? But there is a certain point and time where you heard all this stuff on TV you have to pull it back to a point where it almost becomes sterile to get back to a point where you can begin to touch the envelope again where people go “OOH! Like we made it so sterile, like when CM Punk said Ass for the first time, people were like “Oh My God, he said ass!” Where ass was said every 4 seconds for a while. We have to pull it back. Will we ever get where we were before? No, because the world has changed.

“I just don’t think you can kind of do that programming now, with the way that the world is. We will never get back all the way there. But I think there is definitely a huge gap between where we were and where we went to. But I think for the right reasons. You have to get to a point where you almost sterilize it to make it seem edgy again. If you just back it off a little bit, it kind of seems a little watered down. So we just took it to where it needed to go to get it back to where it needed to be.”

  • @CM Mark

    You are so fucking stupid, seriously.

  • sam

    “We follow what the fans want”
    yeah and thats why john cena’s had 500 world titles

  • The Fork on the left

    That’s why he said almost :/

  • MrDr3w

    How’s this for a fact? When The Rock made his triumphant return(*rolls eyes*) he was saying “ass” every fourth word, and people were like “OMG! He’s gotta get fined for that!” HHH doesn’t know what he’s saying OR doing, when it comes to CM Punk. Yes, Punk is great. Yes, Punk pushes the envelope. Even Super Cena had to latch on to Punk’s success, because Punk is so over with everyone. Was he the first to do what he’s doing in the “PG era?” No. HHH needs to go. Just shut up, and go back to Stamford. Go work an office job. Work behind the scenes. Terrible.

  • Nicholas

    @ Effmenow get fact straight think back to Wrestlemania 26. Who was he facing an it wasn’t in the Main Event give you a chance to answer that? It is funny about the internet and HHH they both never like each other. I mean his haters are all over the internet coming up with only opinion never any facts.

  • Effmenow

    This is coming from a guy who has main evented almost every Wrestlemania he has ever been in. *super facepalm*

  • Sean Mooney

    Translations from what Triple H said:

    1.) I’ve done far better things than CM Punk, and I think that he is all hype and overrated. He’s only relevant because he’s doing things that everyone thought couldn’t be done in the PG era.

    2.) We’re only having the RAW SuperShow in hopes of lessening the slaughter in the ratings against Monday Night Football.

    3.) There have been slightly less ridiculous storylines and characters since we’ve been PG. Oh, and Punk is only benefiting from the PG era. He’d be irrelevant during the Attitude era.

  • CM Mark

    Leave it to HHH to try and take the credit for Punks promo.

  • Nicholas

    HHH tell it like it is know what you may think of HHH. One thing for sure he never hides the truth. The reason for the PG is because it is a different world right now. An you have to realize that there are a lot of young kids watching the program right now and they need to see there is more to life then just violence. If you ask me it is not the PG that is the problem because hate to tell a lot of internet fans this. But CM Punk may be as PG as they come. What I mean is yes he speaks his mind. But I don’t believe he will every go overboard. Will he push the envelope a little sure. But as far as being like Stone Cold or going back to the Attitude era I don’t think Punk wants to go back to that time.

    To me CM Punk is to much of a great wrestler to have to use that kind of stuff. I also hate to break the news to everybody but WWE was PG way before the Attitude era. The Hulk Hogan era was way more PG then it is right now. It just most of the Attitude fans doesn’t remember because most of them where not fans before the Attitude era.

    Finally I just don’t have a problem with WWE being PG never had. To me the wrestling itself has been better since the PG started. It just WWE been looking for WWE to be that leader beside. John Cena, Randy Orton and now CM Punk. An to me the wrestling itself it better now then back in the attitude era.

  • poko


    I agree. We don’t need to go back to porn stars and over the top language, that stuff was just window dressing. I think Triple H is right in that the WWE went too far down that path, and kind painted itself into a corner where it took more and more to shock viewers. If they stay on a middle ground most of the time, and use the extreme stuff sparingly, it will be more effective.

    Punk’s promo was certainly enhanced by the sterility of the present WWE, I have no doubt about that. What do we have to contrast it against? Cena’s bad jokes? Orton’s incredibly boring mic work? Relative to what we usually get on RAW, it was amazing.

    I’m kind of getting tired of the whole “internet wrestling fan” generalization, though. Every damn body has the internet. It’s just that now fans are more knowledgeable than ever, and they have a forum where they can share their opinions.

  • Devil_Rising

    It’s funny, and kinda sad, to think about the fact that JUST as many little kids were fans and watching back when Stone Cold was drinking massive amounts of beer and giving people the finger all day long, stunning everyone, including women. And Rock was talking about poon-tang pie and sticking things up people’s asses. And DX was telling everyone to suck it, Val Venis was an open porn star, Godfather was pimping “hos” on tv, etc. etc. etc.

    I don’t believe for one second that there are MORE kids who watch WWE now than there were then. Which means that WWF was setting a VERY bad example for a lot of kids back then. The “Attitude Era” was awesome, but because of the WRESTLERS they had, not because of the stupid gimmicks and sex content and potty humor they used.

  • donners

    “You have to get to a point where you almost sterilize it to make it seem edgy again. If you just back it off a little bit, it kind of seems a little watered down. So we just took it to where it needed to go to get it back to where it needed to be.”


    we’ve got the younger kids hoooked now, so they’re going nowhere. let’s see if we can bring in a slightly older audience and make even more money!!