Hunter on AOL Radio Sports Talk- 12/04

Triple-H was on Jess Atkinson’s exclusive AOL Radio sports talk program called The Show a few days ago.

Before welcoming Helmsley to the program Jess says that he has been following the advice in Triple-H’s book Making of the Game “to the letter. And you know what, there just ain’t enough time. Not in my lifetime, anyway, pal. You can only improve so much in so much time and I think that the improvements have been negligible when you look at the guns [i.e. Jess’s muscles].”

Jess also introduces Triple-H as someone who “reminds me of all the guys I was scared of to miss field goals as teammates. Because if you missed, it doesn’t matter how many sit ups, doesn’t matter how hard you worked in the weight room, he was going to crush you.” Triple-H is welcomed to the show and tells Jess that he is absolutely right.

He starts off in character talking about the injustice of being stripped of the title. A fan e-mails a question, which Jess reads, and thus proves he knows nothing about pro wrestling. “Who do you think is your toughest opponent,” he reads, “Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, or Goldberg?” pronouncing Benoit, “Benoyt,” which is pretty careless because I’m quite sure that there’s a hockey player with the name Benoit, so for a sports guy, never mind a wrestling interviewer, he’s not doing too well. Triple-H answers that Benoit must be the toughest he has faced of the three, saying that he’s a “little dynamo… he never stops, he never quits, he’s so intense.”

Jess is then corrected and therefore apologizes for mispronouncing the Canadian Crippler’s last name. Hunter assures him that he can call him Benoyt and then when Chris comes on the show, “he’ll chop the crap out of you.”

Speaking of that rabid chop the wolverine has, Triple-H marvels, “It’s one of those things where fans think, ‘Oh, he’s really just slapping him.’ But, really, it’s brutal. Not only does it feel like it’s ripping the skin off your chest, but when he gives you ten of them, you feel like you’re made of hamburger. Benoit has a pretty big hand on him for a guy his size, it’s like getting hit with a mallet.”

Back in character, Triple-H complains, “Batista needs to understand that I run Evolution and he does what I tell him to do…. Just like any, I don’t want to say employee, but that’s in essence what it is and just like anybody, when the boss tells you do something, you have to do it.”

He figures his arms are just over twenty inches.

An aspiring wrestler asks Hunter what advice he has for him and Triple-H tells him to “learn the basics first. And make sure you have something to fall back on, get an education because there’s only one place in the world to make money as a wrestler and that’s the WWE. And if you think about how many guys are in the WWE opposed to how many guys there are in the world then there’s not that big of an opportunity.

“But if that’s what you want to do, then learn the basics. There are so many guys that I see coming up in the business that come to the WWE TV tapings to get looked at, to trey to get a job, they send their tapes in, and they can do moonsaults, topes, and all these crazy flips and they can’t grab a headlock right, they can’t do a headlock takeover right, they can’t throw a punch, they can’t throw a decent kick right. They don’t even know how to do the basic things in the business. It’s like being a basketball player where you can’t dribble real well but you can dunk it.”

Hunter stresses that “what we do is wrestling. It’s not falling off of ladders, it’s not jumping off the top rope. What we do for a living is wrestling. When I watch wrestling tapes I watch stuff from the ‘70s and the ‘60s and the ‘80s (missing a great opportunity to plug WWE 24/7), when the business was a bit slower and what you try to do is learn the psychology of why guys do these things and what they’re doing as opposed to just like ‘I’m gonna do the craziest thing I can think of to get the crowd to chant ‘Holy Crap’ or whatever.’ It’s not about that, that’s not how you make a great match. And the guys that do that, that’s how you will be forgotten very quickly.”

Trips book reveals that he was once Mr. Teen New Hampshire.

Hunter answers a caller that when he saw all the Tough Enough contestants, even though they “don’t know how” to wrestle yet, but “just from a personality standpoint and a charisma standpoint, Daniel Rodimer, he seemed like the kid that had the most raw charisma, he just had a look about him. That’s just going off of what I had seen, which wasn’t that much of him because being a wrestler is kind of like putting the pieces together of a puzzle, there’s about 20 pieces to that puzzle and the more pieces you add to the puzzle the better performer you are. Who knows, I just saw a couple of his pieces, which was his look and his charisma and things like that.”

He says that Killer Kowalski trained him with the mentality of the need to learn the basics and psychology before getting to the high flying aspects of performing. Walter Kowalski taught him in a boxing ring that had no give whatsoever and trained with the same hardness as that ring.

Don’t exercise your ego, Hunter advises teens who want to begin weight training. He realizes that teens can be impatient and want to see results right away but they need to be patient and not overexert themselves.

His favorite title reign was when he was defending his championship against the Rock and Mick Foley because business was so good back then and it was a lot of fun to be a part of it. Taking on wrestling stars who are as popular as those two are is a great experience, with every arena they go to being sold out, setting records at every building they wrestled in, and surpassing buyrates for every PPV they made.

Triple-H plugs Blade Trinity as the best of the Blade series and a really great movie.

Host Jess Atkinson asks how he came about getting the part in Blade III. He responds that a few years ago Vince McMahon met with him and the Rock separately to discuss the two of them branching out and doing movies in Hollywood. But where the Rock went off and started starring in huge features, Triple-H tore his quad and was out with his injury for some time. When he finished rehabbing he wanted to go back to what he loved to do most. Once he was back on track, he was able to go back to discovering Hollywood options.

He is now getting more offers from Hollywood and he will look into them but he will never leave wrestling like the Rock did. “I’m a firm believer in that you can do both.” He is first and foremost a wrestler and will do movies hoping that he can bring in people who see him on the big screen to tune into wrestling to see more of this newly found star.

Triple-H states that he’s been champion nine times already (very much so on the path of emulating his Nature Boy hero).

HHH lives off the energetic passion that the fans exert towards him when he wrestles, “whether it’s a house show, a WWE live event without television, or a TV, Raw, or a pay-per-view, or a Wrestlemania” there is no other feeling that beats the rush he gets from performing in front of thousands of fans. When he came back after his “Beautiful day” injury to the roar of the crowd at Madison Square Gardens, he says in his book that he could have left the arena and have gotten hit by a bus, all the-seven-days-a-week-for-ten-months rehab would still all have been worth it.

He thinks the women’s division right now is “good.” He doesn’t say great because he thinks that there are too few women who want to put up with the physicality and the emotional demands that are required of all wrestlers. The grueling and lonely schedule that wrestling demands is a very lonely life and that’s why most women just want to be valets “or eye candy.” It’s difficult and straining for men to go on the road nonstop, but he feels it’s even more taxing for women.

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