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– In one of the longest interviews he’s ever done since becoming an Executive within WWE, Triple H spoke about numerous topics with Grantland.com including his new role in the company, negative things said about him and much more. Below are some of the main highlights but you can view the full piece here

His Role As Head Of Talent Relations: “”Everything that has to do with talent, from the legends to the developmental system, to the live events and all of its operations and the towns we book, to where the pay-per-views are, all of it. Obviously I have a massive team that does all that, but they report to me. “I started in the office full-time a few years ago. Vince had been bugging me for a while, saying ‘When are you going to stop messing around in the ring and come get a real job?’ So one time when I was injured, I shadowed him in the office for three months. I did everything he did. When I finally started full-time, he was like, ‘Take a few months. I want you to dig into everything. Have meetings with finance, dig into every part of this company and see what you think needs work.’ “And the thing I came back to him with was we have this huge global marketing juggernaut, but we’re a victim of our own success. We’ve shut down all the other territories. There’s almost no place for guys to go learn, and when they do, they’re learning how to work in a junior high in front of 50 people. It’s a completely different thing than working in front of 10,000 or a million on TV with a camera in your face. “So I started this little division called talent development. It was basically to build a bridge between creative and the developmental wrestlers. Now, other than Vince saying, “OK, you can have that amount of money,” he doesn’t have anything to do with it. Honest to god, he hasn’t even seen the Performance Center yet. He’s supposed to go next week.”

Stephanie McMahon’s Role: “Yeah. And because she’s not on the road as much, she’ll watch the shows from home and give us a completely different perspective. We say it all the time: It’s the hardest thing to see everything. You’re in the foxhole. We’ll do Raw and I won’t even see the whole show because from Gorilla Position, I’m that filter before it gets to Vince. So Vince sits in one seat and he talks to the truck and stuff, and I’m in the seat next to him talking to the truck and talking to the ring, and if something just changed in Segment 1, I’ve got to nip up5 and go get the change to everybody else, or I’ll call a writer in and say, “This just went down, we gotta go here.” It’s live TV. But when you’re at home watching it, it’s a completely different perspective. Sometimes we don’t see all the video packages or the commercials. You lose perspective. So Steph will see something and say “Hey, guys, I think you’re losing the plot here.” But for the most part, she controls the gigantic entity that creative is so that there’s continuity between the digital and the magazine, continuity between the domestic shows or the shows that run internationally, all of those components and those teams, which is a massive amount of people. But creatively, the final sign-off is Vince.”

Hardcore Wrestling: “All that stuff is just special effects. It’s crazy special effects that you’ve never seen before, but if the story’s not good, it’s still a crap movie — it just has a bunch of stuff exploding. Visually, it’s unbelievable, but you’re bored 20 minutes in. At a certain point in time, those special effects just started to become all we were. We were putting together a Hell in a Cell match once with Shawn and me against Vince and Shane and the Big Show. And Shane is the king of daredevils, and we were putting together all these crazy spots, and it’s just bothering me. Vince was like, “I can tell you don’t like any of this. Why?” It was because all we’re doing is putting together a bunch of special effects. And I said “People paid a lot of money to see Shawn and me stick your head up Big Show’s ass, but we’re jumping off a cage, landing on tables. Why?” And Vince said, “You’re right. Start over.” We could fall off all that stuff that day, but it’s not what they wanted to see. It wasn’t about the special effects; it was about the story line. We reached a point where everything just became special effects. We had to pull back and go back to story lines. People will look at the Attitude Era and they’ll go, “Ahh, the golden age,” but then they’ll look back at the ’80s with Crockett Promotions and the WWF and say, “Oh, that was the golden age, too!” So, which is it? Because they couldn’t be more different. That’s as PG as you can get.

ECW: “Paulie’s genius was he made stars out of a lot of guys who couldn’t make it anyplace else. There were talented guys, too, but a lot of the mainstays — he hid their flaws, he shot up their strengths, he gave them a ton of special effects. And if you watched the show then, it was just a highlight reel. That’s all it was. And it was different, it had never been done before. But it was like watching porn in a way.”

Future Of The Development System: “People see NXT, but NXT is just the guys in developmental that are ready for TV. We have at any given time between 75 to 100 people in developmental, and that might get bigger. The new performance center has seven rings. When we built it, I thought, OK, if I was a kid today and I wanted to get in the business, what tools would I need? We used to learn how to cut promos by cutting promos in the mirror. Now we have an HD camera set up so you can push the button and cut a promo and watch it back. There’s a 6,000-square-foot strength-and-conditioning program that’s overseen by Joe DeFranco,45 the NFL combine guy. We have a full physical therapy and rehab, a doctor-run staff, green-screen rooms, we have an audio room that can train the next Michael Coles. We have one ring that’s a big padded thing so guys can do moonsaults without killing themselves. And we set up a dummy in there so you can practice all your stuff and not take years off your career. Learning is when you make the most mistakes. We have so many tools there on every level for them to succeed, and people to help them right from the start, from your footwork all the way to the character.”

Negative Things Said About Him: “I wish I had the brainpower and the wherewithal and the drive to be as maniacal and devious as people f**king think I am. I’d be fucking Darth Vader. I’d run the Empire, and I guess maybe that’s how some people see it, right? They’d say “Oh, he went in there and he buried this guy,” and it’s like, fuck, I had nothing to do with that. I didn’t even know he was coming in until I saw him that day.”

  • ddfindl

    lol, spot monkeys… no, not particularly; I would have preferred to see a big bump though because its a hell in a cell match. The fact that HHH suggests people paid big money to see Big Show’s ass is a joke.

  • http://www.retrorevelations.com/ Jesse Moak

    Okay………..let’s say that HHH “never buried anybody”. Let’s just say that for now. However, let us also say that, truth is truth, he also didn’t hold back when pushing for him to personally be in the spotlight either. Let’s just say that there were a lot of guys who SHOULD have gotten pushed a lot more than they did, such as Tazz, such as Jericho that night he beat HHH for the title only to lose it, such as Kane when he first came back with the new mask, or RVD when he was red hot, or Booker T should have gone over at WM19 because he was red hot at that time too and it was the right time to put the belt on him. But nope.

    Let’s just assume HHH has never once buried anybody, ever. But let’s also be real, and admit to ourselves that he has certainly done plenty of politicking for himself and the people he thinks should be “the guys”, such as Orton, Batista, Sheamus, etc. Maybe he’s growing up finally. Perhaps, just perhaps, now that he’s in a non-wrestler position, he sees things a bit differently. But that still doesn’t change my belief that he is right there in line with Vince’s vision of wrestling, that top stars should be huge, buff guys, and that little guys, rare exceptions notwithstanding, just “aren’t star material”.

  • http://retrorevelations.blogspot.com/ Jesse Moak

    Okay………..let’s say that HHH “never buried anybody”. Let’s just say that for now. However, let us also say that, truth is truth, he also didn’t hold back when pushing for him to personally be in the spotlight either. Let’s just say that there were a lot of guys who SHOULD have gotten pushed a lot more than they did, such as Tazz, such as Jericho that night he beat HHH for the title only to lose it, such as Kane when he first came back with the new mask, or RVD when he was red hot, or Booker T should have gone over at WM19 because he was red hot at that time too and it was the right time to put the belt on him. But nope.

    Let’s just assume HHH has never once buried anybody, ever. But let’s also be real, and admit to ourselves that he has certainly done plenty of politicking for himself and the people he thinks should be “the guys”, such as Orton, Batista, Sheamus, etc. Maybe he’s growing up finally. Perhaps, just perhaps, now that he’s in a non-wrestler position, he sees things a bit differently. But that still doesn’t change my belief that he is right there in line with Vince’s vision of wrestling, that top stars should be huge, buff guys, and that little guys, rare exceptions notwithstanding, just “aren’t star material”.

  • Barry Horowitz

    You must love spot monkeys like Jeff hardy,I don’t give a crap and tables and chairs or dopey storylines where Vince gets put into an orifice I want to see wrestling matches

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I agree with what you say sir… BUT, I disagree about the tag team division, Hunter isn’t doing anything with the tag team division and the product isn’t being structured at all and they keep starting new storylines for no reason, ie RVD getting a title shot and Christian getting the can again. We don’t need the attitude era, we just need guys like the guys in the attitude era, bc in that era the guys pushed themselves and didn’t just sit there waiting for the number to be called. The product is only about the WWE title and barely the WHC, but the US and IC really haven’t had any glory in quite some time. But back to Hunter, when he was in the spot light and champ for a lot of the time and people say he hogged the title, he even said in an interview that it wasn’t his choice to have the title so nobody can really get mad at him.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I agree with what you say sir… BUT, I disagree about the tag team division, Hunter isn’t doing anything with the tag team division and the product isn’t being structured at all and they keep starting new storylines for no reason, ie RVD getting a title shot and Christian getting the can again. We don’t need the attitude era, we just need guys like the guys in the attitude era, bc in that era the guys pushed themselves and didn’t just sit there waiting for the number to be called. The product is only about the WWE title and barely the WHC, but the US and IC really haven’t had any glory in quite some time. But back to Hunter, when he was in the spot light and champ for a lot of the time and people say he hogged the title, he even said in an interview that it wasn’t his choice to have the title so nobody can really get mad at him.

  • ddfindl

    “Hardcore wrestling is stupid, but ECW was genius”

    wat

  • ddfindl

    Gotta give them props for the new developmental center in Orlando

  • ddfindl

    “People paid a lot of money to see Shawn and me stick your head up Big Show’s ass, but we’re jumping off a cage, landing on tables. Why?” And Vince said, “You’re right. Start over.”

    Fuck them. Fuck them both so much.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Do mistake one thing about me I don’t care about HHH haters. Because to me it great to have fans who both love and hate you. Because to me that mean you are doing something right even though the haters may not see it. The worst place to be in wrestling is if people don’t care about you at all. I could name a few who I don’t care about it not because I hate or love them I just don’t care. HHH also don’t care who love or hate him simple because he to busy to worried about that and don’t have the time. I will never see HHH as burying anybody and nothing is every going to change that. HHH has been very good and the product has gotten a lot better because HHH knows what it like to be a wrestler and a work horse. To me in time he maybe even better for the WWE then Vince Mac himself simple because unlike Vince. HHH is not only a big success with the fans but the wrestlers themselves. They has been many that have said that HHH is lot better when he backstage in charge and Vince is off on vacation. Not a whole lot of pressure from HHH. I just think HHH is doing what he done during his wrestling career now into his new career. That is prove his critics wrong time and time again.

  • rabid

    I constantly try and think who he buried… let’s see he let batista get over 3 ppvs ina row.. helped make randy orton.. jobed to countless individuals and from whats been said in the past hes never not dropped the title when it wastime for him to do so

  • rabid

    I constantly try and think who he buried… let’s see he let batista get over 3 ppvs ina row.. helped make randy orton.. jobed to countless individuals and from whats been said in the past hes never not dropped the title when it wastime for him to do so

  • poko

    A lot of people hate Triple H, possibly for good reasons, but it seems to me that the on-screen product has improved by leaps and bounds since he began revamping the developmental program. A couple of years ago, when the WWE was pushing Cena and Orton over the top and all the new guys being given a chance seemed to have zero wrestling experience, I was a whisker away from giving up on the promotion. It was stale, boring, and the wrestling was mediocre at best. Now, however, we’ve got guys like ADR, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Cesaro on RAW and guys like Sami Callahan, PAC, and Sami Zayn in the minor leagues. I honestly think that the WWE might be on the cusp of another really good era.

    At this point, I don’t really care what Triple H has or hasn’t done in the past–if he can keep improving what we see in the WWE from week to week then he’ll have my respect going forward.

  • poko

    A lot of people hate Triple H, possibly for good reasons, but it seems to me that the on-screen product has improved by leaps and bounds since he began revamping the developmental program. A couple of years ago, when the WWE was pushing Cena and Orton over the top and all the new guys being given a chance seemed to have zero wrestling experience, I was a whisker away from giving up on the promotion. It was stale, boring, and the wrestling was mediocre at best. Now, however, we’ve got guys like ADR, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Cesaro on RAW and guys like Sami Callahan, PAC, and Sami Zayn in the minor leagues. I honestly think that the WWE might be on the cusp of another really good era.

    At this point, I don’t really care what Triple H has or hasn’t done in the past–if he can keep improving what we see in the WWE from week to week then he’ll have my respect going forward.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I really never seen HHH buried anybody in fact I seen a lot worst then HHH burying guys. To me it all just because of the life he has right now and his success. Oh people will come in here saying how he is burying Daniel Bryan when he doing the opposite. The best thing could happen to Bryan is happening right now he has to right both HHH and Randy Orton. In the end Bryan will be a bigger star. They now just need to find another dam good heel to build up until then it going to be HHH and Orton build Bryan up.
    I really always been a big fans of HHH because he tell it like it is rather you like it or not you know where he is coming from. I think he doing a heck of a job with his new career. He brought back a lot of wrestler you never though you see again in the WWE Brock Lesner and RVD is at the top of that list. He also is build up the Tag Team division. Trust me the best thing about the Tag Title it the Shield is a good team to build the division the more heat the better. HHH is doing a great job I say of also bring in new talent as well. I am not saying HHH is perfect but I think he doing a better job then a lot of people may think. I am glad he going to be around once Vince is gone he got some fresh idea and it is working.

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