December 12, 2004
HHH, Flair rub off on rookies
By TIM BAINES- Ottawa Sun
Triple H doesn't have the WWE championship anymore ... and his list of Evolution pals may soon get chopped in half. WWE boss Vince McMahon ruled that the title is vacant in lieu of a controversial RAW match where Edge tapped out just as he pinned Chris Benoit.
"Evolution was created for one reason -- to get a couple of new guys over," Triple H told the Sun. "We had a large part in hand-picking Randy Orton and Batista. We wanted to give them a rub off myself and Ric Flair. When the time was right, Orton jumped off on his own."
And Batista's time could come soon enough. He can't be happy after an "accidental" chair shot delivered by a maniacal Triple H in the closing seconds of last Monday's RAW.
But make no mistake about it, Triple H is much more than a sledgehammer swinging leviathan. Truth is he's not The Game or The Cerebral Assassin or Hunter Hearst Helmsley ... he's Paul Levesque, real-life husband of Stephanie McMahon, who happens to be the boss' daughter.
Triple H is a well-spoken ambassador for wrestling ... and now you can add movie star to his credit, with a role in Blade: Trinity.
He says his relationship with Vince McMahon's daughter makes him work even harder for everything he's got. And that's a lot.
"You can say it works to my advantage, but Vince is sometimes disinclined to listen to what I have to say," said Triple H. "He's very big on people paying their dues. I don't want anything I don't have to work for."
TNA's Kevin Nash saw the youngster's talent early.
"He did a dark match and Scott (Hall) said, 'he's going to be a star, put him with us,'" said Nash.
The Clique was born: Nash (as Diesel), Hall (as Razor Ramon), Sean Waltman (as X-Pac), Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
"We're still all very dear friends," said Nash. "I think with a few other guys like Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Steve Austin, we dug the wrestling business out of the graveyard."
For Triple H, stardom and titles came because of hard work ... and some time in pig slop with the Godwins.
"You try to enjoy the ride as much as the destination," said Triple H. "I had the raw potential, but if you can forgive the pun, I didn't have the game."
He values his friendship with Flair.
"Ric and I are very close friends," he said. "Forget the fact that I idolized him, it's been an awesome experience working alongside a guy I consider the greatest."
Triple H says WWE is building off its young stars.
"It's no different than any big business," said Triple H. "When a sports team loses franchise players it hurts attendance for awhile, then new guys come along and make you forget about (Mick) Foley, (Steve) Austin ... or Triple H."
- Lita is the new women's champ, beating Trish on RAW.
- Nash loves Orton ... he just doesn't like the way he's being pushed. "Orton will be a star," said Nash, currently working for TNA. "(WWE) has him as Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). But he needs to think of himself as Ravishing Rick Rude, the 2005 version." On Batista, Nash says: "He's starting to pick up mic skills with Paul (Triple H) and Ric (Flair)." On Edge: "I like him. But I don't know about him as a heel." And on Gene Snitsky: "He's a big, raw-boned guy with those crazy eyes."
- Here's the card for tonight's WWE Armageddon pay-per-view: JBL vs. The Undertaker vs. Booker T vs. Eddie Guerrero (Fatal Four Way); John Cena vs. Jesus (street fight); new tag champs Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki; Big Show vs. Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak (3-on-1 handicap match); Spike Dudley vs. Funaki; Miss Jackie vs. Dawn Marie (special guest ref Charlie Haas); Daniel Puder vs. Mike Mizanin (Tough Enough challenge dogfight).
- Here are the results from TNA's Turning Point pay-per-view: Team Canada won the tag titles off 3Live Kru; Sonjay Dutt, Hector Garza and Sonny Siaki beat Kid Kash, Kazarian and Michael Shane; The Alpha Male Monty Brown beat Abyss; Pat Kenney and Johnny B. Badd beat The NYC; Diamond Dallas Page beat Raven; Petey Williams beat Chris Sabin; America's Most Wanted won a match-of-the year candidate in a six-sides of steel bout against Triple X; and A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy and Macho Man Randy Savage beat Jeff Jarrett, Nash and Hall. It's being reported that the Macho Man has once again left TNA.