WWF.com interview (3/18/02)
Post-Wrestlemania XVIII interview
Conducted by Phil Speers

TORONTO -- The new World Wrestling Federation Champion, Triple H, is the consummate professional. Actually, "consummate" might not be the right word for the Game, who always seems to go above and beyond the call of duty. Triple H's left quadriceps muscle was, as he puts it, "really knotted up" after the World Wrestling Federation Championship Match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, which the Game won. But he nonetheless went ahead with this interview -- which was conducted while he was face-down, icing his quad in a whirlpool.

WWF.com: How did it feel to go out there in front of 68,000 people?

Triple H: It's the ultimate. To go to WrestleMania, to wrestle for the title, to do it in front of a record-breaking crowd, it's all just the ultimate. No words can describe it.

WWF.com: You wrestled in front of 69,725 last year at WrestleMania, but competing in front of big crowds never gets old, does it?

Triple H: No. It's like a drug. It's a feeling that, once you have it, you just want it again and again.

WWF.com: It's safe to say that this is what you trained eight months for?

Triple H: Yeah.

WWF.com: So how does it feel afterwards, now that you're Federation Champion again?

Triple H: Top of the world. It's the payoff. When people said on Jan. 7 that I made my comeback, it was just the first step. The comeback wasn't complete. Today the comeback is complete.

WWF.com: How do you think the match went?

Triple H: I was happy with it. I thought we had a hell of a task to follow Muhammad Ali vs. Mike Tyson, Babe Ruth vs. Mark McGwire or whatever you want to call it. That (Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock) was one of the ultimate fantasy matches probably of all time. And to see that take place, how do you follow that? But I think we did. Different style, different intensity, but I'm very happy with the end result.

WWF.com: If you would have gone before them, would you have minded?

Triple H: You know what? I wouldn't have minded, and I don't think Chris Jericho would have minded. But I don't think it's fair to the World Wrestling Federation Championship. I don't think it would be fair to every single person who has held that title before us. You know what I mean? It wouldn't be fair to anybody -- from Shawn Michaels to Bret Hart to Hulk Hogan to the Ultimate Warrior to Bruno Sammartino to every single guy who ever held that title and made that title mean what it does. Every single person who has ever held it, or had any desire to hold it. If that match would have been behind something else, I think it would have taken away from what that title means, and then I think that would have been unfair to what everybody bled and sweat for.

WWF.com: How are you feeling physically?

Triple H: Well, as you can see, my leg is just really knotted up. I don't think I've injured anything at all. I'm just really knotted up and sore. Just really tight. A lot of the impact to the leg was directly on my repair, and that's not that old. You know?

WWF.com: So there's no permanent damage?

Triple H: I don't believe so. I mean, as of right now it feels fine. It's all attached and everything like that. It's just really tight and locked up and sore, that's all.

WWF.com: If you had to wrestle tomorrow ...?

Triple H: I don't know about that, but I'll be pretty close. I mean, I could do it though.

WWF.com: Do you enjoy working with Chris Jericho? Would you like to see that rivalry continue?

Triple H: Sure. I've always enjoyed working with Chris from the first time that him and I worked together. We've been able to tell great stories and have great rivalries. And I think this was just a continuation of that.

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