Triple H holds massive power in WWE right now. As the Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development and founder of NXT, ‘The Game‘ controls a major portion of what goes on behind the scenes.
According to various reports, Triple H had some backstage ‘beef’ with Chris Jericho and Booker T. Back in 2008, he ‘buried’ the returning Jericho and squashed Booker T at SummerSlam 2007 in a singles match.
Even Jericho confirmed the animosity between the two.
“I think there’s that animosity that drives you to become better, and if you have a case like say Jericho and Triple H, our matches were always great because there was a little bit of real-life animosity between us,” Jericho revealed on the Rich Eisen show.
Although both proclaim they are friends now, on the latest Grilling JR podcast, former WWE and current AEW commentator, Jim Ross, weighed in on the alleged rivalry between the men.
He hinted that Triple H might have been jealous of Jericho’s charisma; hence, the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ bullied Jericho over his height.
“The Jericho thing was, I believe, quite simply that Jericho had a load of charisma, naturally, that Hunter [Triple H] may not have had at that point in time, and the fact that Jericho was under six feet tall,” Ross said. “It’s petty bulls***.”
During 2008, the ‘King of Kings’ slowly started transcending into the corporate world from the ring. Using his ties with the McMahon family, he started attending the production meetings.
Jim Ross said Triple H handled the situation poorly and was a victim of his own shortcomings. If Triple H was confident in his craft, he would not have made the comments he did about Booker or Jericho.
As per JR, not only did Hunter bury the two, he also made them feel like they do not belong in WWE. JR called the situation “regrettable.”
“It was regrettable, especially when you’re talking about two guys like Booker T and Jericho who, really, you make yourself look bad by inferring that they don’t belong for whatever reason,” added Ross.
Despite many backlashes, Booker stayed in WWE and is a Hall of Famer. Jericho, too, was an integral part of WWE until recently. He is now the resident Demo God of the Rival AEW and does not hold back from criticizing his former employers.
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