Former WWE commentator and executive Jim Ross believes that Triple H initially disliked Chris Jericho because of his size and talent.
Triple H and Jericho made their WWE debuts in 1995 and 1999, respectively, after previously working at WCW. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the two men famously had real-life problems with each other.
Ross, who has also served as WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, talks about Jericho’s first year on the WWE in this week’s Grilling JR podcast. He said Triple H must have a “politically motivated” agenda against his former colleague.
“Triple H probably didn’t like him because he’s short and he’s a hell, and no one will know what he’s about. I thought for an intelligent man like Paul Levesque [Triple H’s real name], And she has, and I have seen her recover from her heart problem, which is great. He’s so smart, that’s why I named him at the entrance, Cerebral Assassin, ”Ross said.
“There has to be a purpose. There has to be some kind of agenda, Conrad [Grilling JR host Conrad Thompson], Why Triple H would say that [Jericho needed to learn “the WWE style”], And I believe it was politically based. Now, he wouldn’t agree with that. ”
Chris Jericho and Triple H faced each other in three pay-per-view singles matches between 2000 and 2002. Their most memorable match was at WrestleMania 1 at, where Triple H defeated his opponent in the main event to win the undisputed championship.
Chris Jericho is now a friend of Triple H.
As the photo above shows, Chris Jericho and Triple H became friends a few years after they started working together in WWE.
Jericho said on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions show in early 2021 that Triple H wasn’t the only WWE superstar who disliked him.
“There were some people who didn’t want me there because I was a WCW guy, didn’t understand [that he ultimately wanted to work for WWE]. I spoke to Triple H on Talk Is Jericho. We’ve hated each other for years and we still don’t really know why, but at the time it was like, ‘This guy ***
The current AEW star added that Triple H thought he had just joined the WWE because the WCW no longer wanted him. In fact, Jericho and Triple H both wanted to work for the WWE while working in the WWE.
Please credit Grilling JR and if you use quotes from this article, give Sportskada Wrestling an H / T for transcription.
Former WWE chief writer Vince Russo recalls a story that Wayne Hart refused to take part here.