Once again the Triple H haters made themselves very vocal following Hunter’s Royal Rumble victory which also crowned him as the new WWE Champion. This isn’t the first time nor will it be the last time Triple H is criticized for something. Throughout his career this has been a common occurrence, so many wrestlers have spoken bad about the WWE’s COO in various interviews or social media postings. Just recently, Matt Hardy was added to the list, claiming Triple H was not a good wrestler. Some believe all of the criticisms are warranted, while others believe that the criticisms are because of bitterness. You always got to blame someone for not making it right, those words were spoken by Triple H himself when asked about all the heat he gets from former and even current wrestlers.
This article will look at a wide range of wrestlers, from CM Punk to Kurt Angle to Paul London to Scott Steiner. Some wrestling personalities are also on this list including Eric Bischoff and Jim Cornette. Let’s take a look at what some of these wrestlers had to say. Here are 15 wrestlers that hated on Triple H. Enjoy!
15) Kurt Angle
It was a very bitter ending to Angle’s final WWE run before he jumped ship to TNA. Following his departure, Angle opened up about his frustrations regarding how the WWE handles business. As you might have already imagined, Triple H was one of his targets. Angle claimed that Hunter was trying to bury him because The Game couldn’t accept the fact that Angle was better than him. Kurt went on to discuss many other problems he had, and Angle recalled a problem with Shawn Michaels. According to Kurt, Michaels would tell Hunter that Kurt was too aggressive in the ring. The message would later be relayed to McMahon who would tell Angle to tone it down. Angle claims he was fed up with all these types of politics backstage, thus leading him to his departure from the company.
It is said that today, Angle is very open towards a final comeback with the WWE despite his past problems. According to rumors, Triple H wants no part of Angle with the WWE at the moment. It remains to be seen if Angle will ever have one final run with the company.
14) Ricardo Rodriguez
Rodriguez didn’t pull any punches following his release from the WWE. Ricardo broke his silence on Twitter following his release when he commented on a Tweet from Kevin Owens. Rodriguez Tweeted: “Congrats… I hope he at least looked at you while shaking hands at one point and did call you fat as f***. #OhMemories”. This statement opened the door for a series of Tweets that followed regarding Ricardo’s relationship with Triple H. According to Rodriguez, Hunter would constantly bully him backstage with regards to his weight. Rodriguez claims Hunter referred to him as “Bumblebee” (Mexican character from The Simpsons) and didn’t even know his real name. As you can imagine, Rodriguez is not set for a return. He is currently working at the Great Khali’s wrestling school as a trainer.
13) Chris Jericho
Now despite some hated remarks between the two, Jericho and Hunter have managed to still keep a formidable relationship over the years. Some hate however between the two began during a promo Hunter was cutting on Daniel Bryan. Triple H compared Bryan to the likes of Edge, Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho, claiming they were all very talented wrestlers but never “the guy”. Hunter went on to say that if they were “the guy” that Ted Turner would be in charge of the WWE today.
As you might imagine Jericho took exception to these comments claiming Hunter wasn’t “the guy” either. Jericho said the closest Hunter got to being the guy was getting the opportunity to constantly work with them. Jericho referred to Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold and John Cena as being Mount Rushmore of the WWE.
12) Dolph Ziggler
During a shoot interview, Dolph Ziggler voiced a displeasure that many former WWE stars had with Triple H. According to Ziggler, if you have a close personal relationship with Hunter chances are you’ll be unstoppable. Dolph used Randy Orton as an example, claiming Orton was unstoppable for the last ten years because of his relationship with Hunter. Ziggler went on to discuss the fact that opportunities are constantly given to those that have a relationship with The Game. Looking at recent history Ziggler may have a point. Orton, Sheamus and Rollins have all recently held the championship at one point and are very close with Hunter. Despite his comments though, it looks like Ziggler has settled realizing his days with the championship may be long gone.
11) Scott Steiner
Oh Scott Steiner, this guy is probably one of the most entertaining wrestlers when it comes to kayfabe interviews. Unfortunately nowadays, that’s the only amount of entertainment you’ll get out of Scott.
During a number of shoot interviews Steiner continues to refer to Hunter as the Kevin Federline of professional wrestling. Steiner went on to discuss that Hunter’s the type of wrestler that works behind closed doors politicking his way to the top. Steiner refereed to Hunter as a “chicken sh**” for never talking to wrestlers truthfully. I’m going to take a leap of faith here and make a guess that Steiner will probably never be coming back to the WWE again…(not that anyone cares).
10) Ken Shamrock
Like Kurt Angle, Shamrock claimed Hunter couldn’t accept the fact that he was better than him. Shamrock also claimed that Hunter’s ego wouldn’t allow him to put others over. Shamrock recalls The Game being furious when having to put Shamrock over throughout his career. Like Steiner, Ken also discussed that Hunter works behind closed doors and would do anything to burry someone else if it meant that he would look good in the process. According to Shamrock, it’s all about Hunter being the center of attention every night like he still is today.
9) Paul London
Following his release London made it very clear, as long as Hunter’s in charge, he’s not going back. London was very critical of Triple H, claiming he was envious of many people including Rob Van Dam. According to London, Hunter was apparently jealous that many young superstars looked up to Van Dam.
Paul went on to discuss the fact that Hunter is only where he is because he married into the business. Paul was also very critical of Hunter’s work claiming that he’s been putting on the same match his entire career. So I’m assuming we won’t ever be seeing London again…
8) Jim Cornette
If you haven’t already, check out some of Jim Cornette’s past shoots, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Jim was very critical of Hunter’s work throughout his career. Cornette praises Hunter on his in-ring ability but blasts his promo skills claiming they were absurdly long. Like Chris Jericho, Cornette also discussed the fact that Hunter works with the guy that drew the money. Finally, Cornette stated that with Triple H’s long list of injuries and horrible microphone skills, if not for his relationship with the McMahon family, would he still even be with the WWE today? Really makes you think doesn’t it?
7) Eric Bischoff
During an interview with Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff was rather skeptical when he was asked if Hunter had the potential to take the company to the next level. Bischoff talked about how Vince McMahon and Ted Turner were pioneers, as well as innovators in their field. Bischoff was very critical of Triple H saying, “The Game” does not have those qualities in him, adding that Triple H will not revolutionize the business. Bischoff claims Vince created such a tremendous path for the future, so in reality, the company will be in good hands no matter who takes it over. Basically Bischoff claimed it’s “theirs to screw up” (talking about Triple H and his wife Stephanie). Bischoff feels the pathway laid by Vince will be enough to keep the machine of the WWE rolling for years to come, no matter who is in charge.
6) Macho Man Randy Savage
The late great Macho Man Randy Savage also had some beef with The Game. Macho Man was furious when he found out that Hunter referred to him as a dinosaur. Randy fought back telling Hunter that his brand value would also eventually go down. Savage also went on to say that when Hunter is not looking, he’s going to steal his girlfriend (aka Stephane McMahon). Nothing but love for the Macho Man!
5) Bret Hart
These two have had a very rocky past throwing jabs at one another. It looks like today the two are finally on decent terms. Like many others, Bret was very candid when assessing Hunter’s career claiming he was a real “ass kiss” towards Vince. Bret furthered his claims, adding that Triple H was never really a straight guy (being sneaky and acting cowardly) and was never really one of “the guys” backstage. Bret backed up his opinion by saying that Triple H was never an innovator in the ring, and that he put on a great match in his career to this day, despite being given constant opportunities to do so.
Today however, Bret has changed his opinion on Hunter, saying that he respects the work that The Game has been putting in since taking up his new position with the company.
4) Bill Goldberg
The hate between these two began all the way back to the days when Goldberg was working with WCW. Goldberg was furious after Hunter made some comments about him during an interview, in which he claimed that Bill was a baby and would constantly fake injuries. According to Goldberg, he would later confront Hunter at a licensing convention only to have it broken up by security.
Goldberg claims these past problems made it impossible for him to succeed with the WWE. Goldberg also claims Hunter was out to get him during his time with the WWE. According to Bill, a return will almost be impossible as long as Hunter’s in charge.
Chyna blames Triple H for ruining her personal life and career in the ring. She also has some pretty harsh words for her ex boyfriend, claiming he was a user and an abuser. The situation between the two went south after Chyna found out that Hunter had in fact been cheating on her. Chyna would then contact Vince McMahon and tell him about the situation, which Vince would respond with, “well I guess the jig is up”. Chyna showed up to work on Monday, bawling in tears from the situation, and Vince would tell her to go home and that they would work on a new contract. Chyna went home as told, and later received a fax, indicating that they did not need her anymore. Chyna blames her professional and personal fall apart on Triple H. You can read more on her story in her tell-all book, If They Only Knew.
Today, Chyna seems to be much calmer when discussing the matter. Chyna has also contacted the WWE several times regarding a return to the ring. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Chyna.
2) Road Dogg and Billy Gunn
Crazy to think that despite all the bad things The New Age Outlaws had to say about Hunter following their release from the company, years later Triple H hired them both to work with the company. Road Dogg is currently working with creative while Billy Gunn was previously working as a trainer with NXT.
After getting released years ago, the two took some heavy shots at Hunter. Billy claimed there were several times the two wanted to hit Hunter because of his selfishness and reluctance to push other wrestlers. Road Dogg also stated that Hunter did anything as long as he was the main focus. Ultimately the two were very displeased that Hunter looked down on them because of their drug use; this lead to numerous confrontations between the two that almost turned physical. Despite all these past issues though, it’s truly great to see them all on talking terms today.
1) CM Punk
After leaving the company, CM Punk sent shockwaves around the world of pro wrestling during his shoot interview on the Colt Cabana Podcast. One of Punk’s biggest targets during the interview was in fact Triple H. Punk referred to Hunter as McMahon’s “doofus son-in-law”. Punk claimed he always got a bad vibe from Hunter and that The Game always looked at him sideways. Like many others, Punk claimed that Hunter was always biased towards certain wrestlers. He also claimed that Hunter was always ego driven. According to Punk, Hunter sent him his release papers purposely on the day of his wedding. It’ll be interesting to see if Punk will ever step foot in a WWE ring again.