MSN has an interview up with WWE Champion Triple H where he talks about being on the road, revealing in storylines that he is part of the McMahon family and more. Here are some highlights.
On being on the road:
“Sometimes people say, “It’s so rough, it’s so rough.” It’s not that bad. It used to be a lot worse. But I have two kids and I am home three days a week. But when you do go on the road, it’s hectic. You’re in a different city every day. You fly in to a new town, you do a show, you go to the next town, you sleep, you wake up and do it again. It’s basically just a series of transportation, to the gym, to the arena, to the plane. It’s funny because I’ll watch those VH1 “Behind the Music” shows and I’ll hear these bands say, “After four months on the road, we’re ready to crack. We’re at each other’s throats.” I’m thinking, “Four months?” We don’t have time when we don’t tour. That’s the thing that’s a bit daunting about what we do. You know, we have WrestleMania 25 coming up and it’s our Super Bowl. Once that Super Bowl is over, there is a party, but if you are a top guy you really don’t want to go to the party too long because you have to get up the next morning. You have a live TV show the next night, a live “RAW,” and it starts all over again. It’s a never-ending cycle.”
On revealing on TV he is part of the McMahon family:
“For story lines and business, we try to keep that stuff separate. But people knew and we joked about it when I was in DX [comic wrestling tag team formed with fellow superstar Shawn Michaels]. The only reason I was apprehensive is where do we go on the flip side of it. Look at it like this: There is the real world and the WWE Universe. So the cat is now out of the bag in the WWE Universe and it now exists there. So anything that has to do with me story-line-wise, you have to be conscious of the fact that I am married into the McMahon family. That throws a different curve into it. So my only concern was it tainting future story lines. Say something happens, and it’s like, “Well, why doesn’t he get that change through his father-in-law?” [Laughs.] We have created a wrinkle in the fabric of the WWE Universe.”
On his relationship with Vince McMahon:
“Well, the good thing is I had a really good relationship with him before I even met Steph. We had a great relationship not only from a talent standpoint, but I used to work a lot with Vince hand-in-hand to create story lines behind the scenes, not just for myself but other guys. But if you have ever met Vince, he’s a complex man and it can be trying. There are times he wants to choke me and there are times when I want to choke him.”
On which he prefers: working backstage or in the ring:
“Let me put it this way: When I come up with a good idea in the back, there’s not 70,000 people standing up and cheering. [Laughter.] Usually when I have an idea in the back, it is dismissed and Vince will bring it up later and pretend it is his idea. There’s nothing like it. And that is why you see guys like Ric Flair and the older guys and they are still doing it. I get it. Even if they don’t need the money, I get it. There is something about going out there and entertaining people and having them go crazy. I don’t think that’s just our business. I think that is why the Stones still play or AC/DC puts out albums. You see these guys performing, very late in their lives and acting like kids. It’s an addictive thing to be able to go out there and do what you do and have that many people express their appreciation for it. It’s a trip. If you go to an event, or a WrestleMania, and you sit there and feel that energy and then imagine being on that stage and that energy being directed at you … it’s an amazing, addictive thing.”
To check out the full interview, click here.