Triple H is now one of the most powerful people in the wrestling business today due to his title as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative in WWE. The fact that Triple H is getting ready to eventually succeed Vince McMahon as the person running the show along with sharing business responsibilities with wife Stephanie McMahon has his profile higher than ever. However, it isn’t the first time Triple H has had power in WWE. The romance with Stephanie along with his close relationship with Vince has afforded Triple H the ability to call his own shots.
Many other wrestlers have been victims of the wrath of Triple H. Former wrestling/current radio personality Taz has discussed the difference in working with Triple H as a talent against working with Triple H as an employee. Triple H apparently held his cutthroat attitude towards his fellow peers when trying to be the biggest star in the company. The legend has eased up in recent years, giving more back in hopes of getting over new stars.
We'll take a look at the history of wrestlers to see the dark side of Triple H through politics and backstabbing. Some saw their careers fall apart; others remained huge stars and a couple actually made peace with their former enemy. These are fifteen stories that take a look at what various wrestlers Triple H once hated are doing today.
14 CM Punk: UFC
The hatred between Triple H and CM Punk became one of the biggest wrestling stories over the past decade. It became common knowledge right away with reports of Triple H making fun of Punk behind his back in the locker room when Punk wrestled dark matches. Both men were polar opposites in every stretch imaginable causing more friction when they started working together.
13 Rob Van Dam: Free Agent
The popularity of Rob Van Dam in his first few WWE years was highly impressive. Fans loved the unique style of RVD following his move from ECW to the big leagues. It made things even more perplexing when WWE refused to make him a World Champion until many years later. Triple H apparently is the reason for the people making decisions to sour on the idea of Van Dam being a top star.
12 The Rock: Mega Hollywood Star
The Rock would be a very popular answer when asked who Triple H’s greatest rival truly was. Both were young stars trying to make a name at the same time and their pushes to the top of WWE organically mimicked each other. Rock and Triple H had classic matches and feuds through each stage of their career but they didn’t get along.
Bret Hart has confirmed that Triple H hated Rock and tried to use Shawn Michaels’ backstage power to hurt his career. Triple H took shots at Rock in interviews for years when he first left WWE for the acting career. Today, they have made peace and are now good friends that do business together. The fact that they no longer compete against each other takes away the edge.
11 Kassius Ohno: Back in NXT
One of the NXT wrestlers to have a tough time working under the tutelage of Triple H during the early days of the developmental brand was Kassius Ohno. The talented independent wrestling legend formerly known as Chris Hero just couldn’t figure out how to move up the card. Many of his peers like Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Cesaro all thrived on the main roster while he struggled to get NXT time.
We witnessed a very public moment of Triple H showing his dislike of another wrestler involving the tag team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick. The segment on Raw featured three heals beating down Triple H until the face tag team saved him to even the odds. Triple H naturally responded by hitting the Pedigree on both London and Kendrick to make them look like complete fools.
10 Daniel Bryan: SmackDown General Manager
The WWE career of Daniel Bryan started right around the time frame of Triple H’s transition from wrestler to executive. Triple H however was not a fan of Bryan and rumored to be a huge reason WWE was hesitant towards pushing him in the main event picture. Bryan’s smaller size and untraditional look for a top star influenced Triple H in wanting the company to push others over him.
9 The Miz: WWE Superstar
Another WWE performer to feel the wrath of Triple H during his transition was The Miz. Most veterans in WWE hated Miz during the early portion of his career. Miz entering WWE following a career in reality television made him a target. The Undertaker, Chris Benoit and others banned him from getting changed in the locker room after he was caught eating fried chicken over the gym bag of another co-worker.
8 Ken Shamrock: MMA
Former WWE star Ken Shamrock has been out of the company since leaving towards the end of the Attitude Era. Shamrock received a noteworthy push during WWE’s hottest time period. It's odd that the company has never brought him back for any returns, appearance or interviews on documentaries. Shamrock claimed this is all due to the hatred Triple H holds for him.
7 Ultimate Warrior: Passed Away
One of the strangest twists involving Triple H and a former hated wrestler revolves around the story of Ultimate Warrior. Triple H trashed Warrior in various WWE productions due to Warrior burying him at WrestleMania XII in a match that only lasted under two minutes. Warrior refusing to give Triple H any offense and being an overall pain to work with made the two exchange insults publicly for years.
6 Alberto Del Rio: TNA
Alberto Del Rio has left WWE through ugly departures twice in recent years. Both situations have ended with him trashing Triple H in interviews. Del Rio claims Vince McMahon was his biggest supporter, but Triple H always tried to bury him backstage. The most recent breakup between WWE and Del Rio came following the company being unhappy about his relationship with Paige.
5 Scott Steiner: TNA
Scott Steiner is a wrestler that certainly doesn’t care about burning bridges. WWE learned this back in 2002-2003 when signing him a year to huge fanfare. Steiner thrived in the final years of WCW as one of the final big stars the company made. WWE had to wait a year to bring him in once his prior contract ended. Steiner was placed into a World Title feud with Triple H right away as a good sign of things to come.
4 Chris Jericho: Part-time WWE Star/Musician
Chris Jericho coming to WWE helped make him a wrestling legend, but his first few years weren’t without drama. Many WWE stars disliked Jericho due to his WCW ties. Triple H and D-Generation X specifically targeted Jericho with insults on a weekly basis. Jericho shared details in his second autobiography about how much he and Triple H disliked each other on a personal level.
3 Kurt Angle: Raw General Manager
Similar to Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle entered WWE during the highly competitive nature of the Attitude Era. Angle fit in quickly becoming the WWE Champion within his first year in the company instantly getting a top heel spot. Triple H and Angle worked together numerous times in that time period. Despite doing great work together, Triple H apparently didn’t like Angle.
2 Bret Hart: Happily retired
The drama between Triple H and Bret Hart started due to Triple H’s friendship with Shawn Michaels. Hart and Michaels had one of the most intense backstage rivalries in WWE history. Triple H’s close relationship with Michaels made him loathe Hart by association. History has revealed that Triple H was the one to suggest the idea of the Montreal Screwjob to Michaels and Vince McMahon.
1 Goldberg: Semi-Retired
Triple H hated Goldberg before the two even worked together. During the Monday Night Wars, Triple H made several insulting comments towards Goldberg. One specifically stood out on the Tough Enough reality show when Triple H trashed the aspiring wrestlers for having a Goldberg poster on the wall. Triple H claimed Goldberg had zero passion or respect for the wrestling business.
Fate would put Triple H and Goldberg against each other in a feud when the latter finally joined WWE in 2003. They had horrible matches and Goldberg claimed Triple H tried to hurt his career by sabotaging his unbeatable character. Goldberg trashed Triple H for years after the departure blaming him for the bitter ending. That was until WWE worked towards a return for Goldberg over the past year. Goldberg was given a run with the Universal Championship heading into WrestleMania 33 and all appears to be forgiven.
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