Slow News Day Re-Post: HHH Talks Being Corporate, Stars Getting His Stamp Of Approval, Rock
Source: Greg and the Morning BuzzWe posted Triple H's recent interview for New Hampshire's "Greg and the Morning Buzz" radio show a few weeks ago. Since it's a slow news day, we thought we'd re-post it, you can check out highlights below. To listen to the full interview, click here.
On wearing a suit for work every day: "Yeah, you 'vegot to dress for the role so I got to wear the monkey suit every day. I was just saying to you in the commercial break that I spent 41 years of my life trying to avoid having a job and somehow I ended up with one. I don't know how that happened. I always envisioned my life as like once I made it wrestling for a bunch of years, having enough money and then doing nothing. Somehow, I ended up with a full-time job that's like 24/7, busier than ever."
Being in a corporate environment: "I think anytime you're in an office environment with corporate executives but you happen to be 6'4" and 250 pounds with a ponytail - even if you have a suit on and you're looking across the table at somebody. If I put a little bass in my voice, the entire room changes... I'm telling you; just a little change in tune can change all of it. Vince does the same thing; trust me.
"Honestly like with Vince [McMahon], it's the same thing. I've kind of learned to employ this also. Silence is way more menacing. When somebody does something you don't like… It's like if you come up after a match and Vince is yelling it's bad, but it's not that bad. If you come up and he won't look at you and he's not saying a word but you can tell he's mad, then it's really bad because he's not saying anything."
Future stars of the company: "I'd say there are quite a few guys. When I look at the current roster of guys, there are guys like Sheamus, who I think has an unbelievable future. People forget how short a period of time guys have been in the WWE and they haven't really been any place before that. So you're seeing these guys almost from ground zero, from learning to becoming stars and he's going to be a huge star in the future. Wade Barrett is going to be a huge star for us, I believe, in the future. There are quite a few guys.
"Also one of the things that I do here, that I'm in charge of is talent development and our developmental system and recruiting guys and training them. We have some guys down in developmental that over the next years that I think… Sometimes I look at the business and as things evolve and they change and you lose the big stars in the business, it's hard to see where the new guys are going to come from. I'm starting to feel a little bit more confident about it because I'm seeing guys at that developmental level that I'm saying, 'Okay, this is going to be a guy that's going to be a big star in a few years.'"
On new stars getting his stamp of approval: "I think it helps too because I look at it as, okay, like if I were still in the ring competing I'm just looking at which one of these guys I would want to work with because we can have great matches and main event stuff and promote big. I think that's the benefit of having somebody in that role that's been there."
On WWE and their social media initiative: "Vince was big on Twitter once we explained to him what Twitter was and that was right after they explained to me what Twitter was. Listen, our fan base is everybody - from 90 year old ladies to kids. You have to be at the cutting edge of that technology at all times because kids these days don't watch TV the way they did before. The TV is almost a background device. They're on their phone, they're on their laptop, and they're on their iPad. That social media stuff becomes so important. I think destination television, in some ways, is almost gone. With DVRs and iPads and everything else, you watch it when you want to watch it. You interact with other people watching it at the same exact time. Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and all those things are all just avenues to keep people involved in your product.