Did Triple H Bully Superstars in WWE? Bret Hart and The Rock Open up on The Myth

Published 01/01/2021, 8:58 AM EST


Triple H has had one of the longest and most legendary careers as a WWE Superstar. His work in the promotion has moved far beyond wrestling, and he now aims to take WWE to the next generation with NXT. 

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While ‘The Game’ has worked for the good of WWE, there were times when he was on the bad side of the business. Along with Shawn Michaels, he was not appreciated by a lot of Superstars in the locker room during his early years in WWE. 

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Apart from his attitude, Triple H was part of a faction known as The Kliq that was notorious for influencing storylines backstage. The faction, consisting of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman, were troublesome to Vince McMahon.

The group broke character in one of the most controversial moments at Madison Square Garden during the farewell of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. This was the first time a wrestling promotion had to admit that the proceedings were scripted. 

Triple H did face the brunt of this incident and The Kliq was disbanded, but that did not curb the actions of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. There have been many stories about the duo “bullying” upcoming stars in the locker room.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels tried to push down The Rock

One of those stars was none other than The Rock himself. Speaking on WWE Network’s Meeting the Undertaker documentary, the WWE legend revealed how he was nagged by the higher-ups during his big push.

“This is stuff I’ve never shared but I do want to share it because it’s important,” he admitted. “When I started to make the move [up the card] and word started to get around that the office was priming me for a WWE Championship run, there were a handful of guys in the business at the time who did everything they could to stop that run from happening.”

While Dwayne Johnson did not directly reveal the names of the Superstars, Bret Hart took on that responsibility. In Episode 15 of Confessions of the Hitman, the former WWF Champion revealed just how much Triple H and Shawn Michaels worked on The Rock.

Bret Hart and Chris Jericho confirmed the words of The Rock

“A lot of the same guys who had a problem with Rock were the same guys that were all involved in the Screwjob with me,” revealed Hart. “So I had the same dislike for the same petty bullsh*t that these guys were all about.”

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“Triple H was the same. He was always out to get The Rock. Shawn was out to get him and they just worked on him, and worked on him, and worked on him,” revealed Hart. “I’m so glad he overcame their petty bullsh*t.”

The main motive of Triple H was to stay on top, and there is a possibility that he and Michaels saw The Rock as a threat to their own status in WWE. Chris Jericho, another WWE veteran, confirmed Hart’s words on his Saturday Night Special YouTube channel.

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The truth brought forth through these revelations only confirmed a lot of backstage rumors that have been going around for years. In the winter of his career, Triple H has helped bring forth the new generation of Superstars. Although, many still remember him in a poor light from his early years. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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