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Unhappiness Over Triple H’s Promo On Raw, Jericho, Edge & RVD Not Contacted

Monday on Raw during the contact signing for the WWE Championship Match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell, Triple H offended WWE Superstars and fans alike with his verbal burial of the talents of Bryan, as well as Chris Jericho, Edge and Rob Van Dam. WWE’s Chief Operating Officer grouped Bryan with his three predecessors and declared that like them, he is not capable of being “The Face of WWE.”

“Here’s the thing, Daniel. I’ve seen guys like you come and go a million times. Guys like Jericho, Edge, Rob Van Dam. All guys that are very talented, don’t get me wrong. Top guys! Very popular! But not “the one.” Never were they “the one.” And maybe nobody wants to say this, but it needs to be said: It’s a fact. If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we’d all be working for Ted Turner right now,” said Hunter.

“You think you’re playing in the big leagues, kid? You have no idea. You step inside that Hell in a Cell and I have a feeling you’re gonna prove to the world that you’re a B+ player.”

Bryan subsequently challenged Triple H to a match. “The Game” responded by saying he’s a “A+ player” and “a star” who only faces the likes of The Undertaker, The Rock and Brock Lesnar.

As reported the following day, the Chief Operating Officer’s controversial remarks had a lot of people shaking their heads backstage since they feel he was burying Bryan as a performer rather than knocking him in a villainous manner that would lead to Bryan gaining retribution. Meanwhile, Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio (audio available here) on Wednesday that Jericho, Edge and Van Dam were not given notice to the angle ahead of time.

Following Raw, Jericho went on Twitter to respond to Triple H: “Thing is @tripleh despite ur major push,u never were either. Good luck in ur future endeavours.”

Later that day, Jericho downplayed his reaction to Triple H. Responding to a tweet that labeled what Hunter said as “completely untrue and unfair,” Jericho wrote, “No big deal. Always nice to be mentioned on Raw.”

Meltzer speculated that Jericho was legitimately upset with Hunter’s remarks. He added, “I can tell you with 100% certainty with the Jericho situation, that it was not an angle.”

Meltzer garnered reaction from some WWE talent on the controversial promo, many of whom felt it was counter-productive. They also felt that Hunter’s dismissive remarks are legitimate gripes.

“As far as the talent in the dressing room—the reaction that I got from a couple of people, was basically that they all thought that the interview was counter-productive,” said Meltzer. “They all felt that Triple H, while he will say “well, I was only working,” those were his true thoughts on those guys, and it didn’t make people very happy overall.”

  • Scott

    Triple h was only “the one” because hes doing the chairmans daughter

  • Matthew Farrell

    HHH was never “the one” either, so he should stfu.

  • Quite frankly, much like Randy Orton and HBK, he has never been a good “face”. It comes off and disingenuous. HBK was always a better heel. Ratings were super low when they tried to take the belt off Bret and make HBK “The Guy” back in the day, mainly because no one bought a “sexy boy” prima-donna as a top babyface. HHH, for his part, while “his DX” was very popular, has never been a good babyface on his own. And honestly, while you’re right, he’s a GOOD worker, I have to agree with Bret Hart and Jim Cornette…..”HHH isn’t great, he’s the guy that all the greats work with”.

  • Funny, because for his part, even as a heel, Edge was more “over” than HHH, and the only reason HHH got so much spotlight and so many WM main events, is because of who he’s married to. Facts.

  • David

    Triple H is Triple H greatest fan, he has no humility and doesn’t really know the concept at all.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I agree, does everybody not remember what a “heel” is supposed to do lol.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I agree but I also disagree. His push was definitely due to HBK and Steph, but Triple H is an amazing talent and can play any side of the fence, heel or face.

  • CC

    So many people making too much of this. It was a good promo, and will only make Bryan even bigger if he wins.
    Only way this promo fails is if Bryan loses legitimately.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Who cares? HHH only got where he got because he married a McMahon so he’s got no room to speak in my opinion