​Triple H Speaks Out – Creative Role, Favorite WM Moment, More

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Speaking to Muscle & Fitness, Triple H talked his
executive position with the WWE, the WWE performance center, and more. You can
check out some highlights below:

Triple H on transitioning to
his creative position:
“In some ways, I’ve been doing it behind the
scenes for years. Vince McMahon used to say to me, ‘When are you going to stop
playing around and come do some real work?’ Once I had kids and was looking to
be home more and getting a little older, I saw it was time to make that
transition. Vince sort of baited me in, saying, ‘Why don’t you come in to the
office once or twice a week on your off days?’ And the next thing I know it’s,
‘I need you to take over this department and come off the road full time.’ Vince
likes to call me [to wrestle] in case of emergency. I’m a character they can
pull in here and there. But honestly, the less I do it at this point, the
better. Even wrestling once or twice a year is hard, and I have to prepare for
it as if I’m Floyd Mayweather preparing for a boxing match. It’s a commitment,
and trying to do that with a full-time job and a wife and kids is very
time-consuming.”

Triple H on how the Performance Center
started:
“WWE has had a development system for a long time, but I felt
we needed to do more. So, from concept to development, the Performance Center
was mine. And it was something that Vince, when I pitched him on it, said was
phenomenal. I helped design it, and worked with the architects. I went to NFL
and NHL training centers and saw what the best teams in the world had. I
thought, ‘If I were a 20-year-old today, what would I need to succeed?’ And I
put it all in that building. That includes everything from strength and
conditioning, rings for [future Superstars] to work in, to promo rooms where
they can work on their verbal skills. We train everyone from referees to
announce teams there. That’s the platform for the next generation of
Superstars.”

Triple H’s advice for business people to stay in
shape despite heavy travels and packed schedules:
“I make sure I
always have a body-weight routine on hand, or bands, so I can do something in my
hotel room. Even if you do only 15-20 minutes of intense exercise every day,
your life changes dramatically. The Rock and I have always had a rivalry. And
even though he’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world now, to this day,
I’ll still look at his Twitter account, and it says something like ‘4:30 a.m. in
Bolivia filming a movie, about to hit cardio.’ So when I have to motivate
myself, I’ll think about that and say, ‘f–kin’ Rock. If he can do it, I can do
it.’ He motivates me. He’s not afraid of a hard day’s work. If being successful
means I have to miss sleep, that’s what I’ll do. And that’s most people’s
problem. Most don’t want it more than they want to hang out or go and see the
new Iron Man movie. When I was in high school, I didn’t hang out with my
friends, I hung out with the guys from my gym. My friends wanted to go to
parties and I didn’t, because I was going to get up at seven the next morning
and do a heavy leg day. That’s just how I’ve always been. I hope that drive
never goes away.”


Triple H’s favorite WrestleMania
moment:
“Of all time, I guess it’s that iconic moment at WrestleMania
III, with Hogan slamming Andre. It represents that time and the explosion of the
business. For me, personally, it would be WrestleMania 28, with me and
Undertaker and Shawn Michaels as the referee. There was a moment I’ll never
forget, with the three of us standing at the top of the ramp – we were like the
three guys of the Attitude Era left standing, after the Monday Night Wars and
everything. Three guys who couldn’t be closer or have more respect for one
another. I have a photo of that moment framed at my house.”


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