5 AEW Stars and what they think of Triple H
The Game is a polarizing figure in the wrestling industry. Although he has many friends, several wrestlers dislike him, too. Former WWE Superstar and current AEW star Chris Jericho, for example, had a bad relationship with Triple H before they later became friends.
Today, Triple H has a close relationship with a few AEW Stars, like Adam Cole, Jon Moxley, and Jericho. He has also interacted with several others in the past few years for business reasons.
After dealing with the 14-time World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, some AEW Stars opened up during interviews about what they thought of Triple H.
Here are five AEW Stars and what they think of Triple H.
#5. AEW Star Kenny Omega
Before joining AEW, Kenny Omega received an offer to join WWE from Triple H. The negotiations between Omega and Triple H allowed the current AEW World Champion to see how The Game thinks.
Omega believes that Triple H's background as a pro-wrestler helps him understand what wrestlers and fans need. It also reflects on how The Game makes business decisions, according to the AEW World Champion.
"I think Triple H is still being one of the boys for the better part of his career. I’m sure a big part of how he runs his business and how he looks at WWE, NXT and all those things he has a finger in, I really do think he does it for the sake of fans as well," Omega told TalkSport.
Although Omega preferred to join AEW instead of WWE, he revealed that Triple H understood a lot of his thought process.
"From when I did speak at length with Triple H, it really felt like he understood a lot of my thought process and not only was I looking to unite and unify the world of professional wrestling and all of that, but he definitely got it," Omega added.
Omega joined AEW in February 2019. A year later, he captured the AEW World Tag Team Titles, alongside Adam Page, after defeating SoCal Uncensored on Dynamite. In September 2020, they lost their titles to FTR.
On December 2, 2020, Omega defeated Jon Moxley to capture the AEW World Championship at Winter is Coming. He has been holding the championship since. The 37-year-old recently defended his title against Christian Cage at the 2021 All Out pay-per-view.
#4. AEW Star Malakai Black
Malakai Black spent a few years in WWE before joining AEW earlier this year. Black's WWE stint started in 2016 after wrestling for a few years on the independent circuit. On NXT, Black was very successful and became the NXT Champion. However, he was not as successful after moving to the main roster.
After spending nearly two years on the WWE main roster, Black was released from his contract last June. Following his release, Black spoke about Triple H during an interview on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette.
"Hunter [Triple H] has a vision and oversees the entire vision with his team. He always puts his ear to the ground and he communicates very one-on-one with his talent and everybody shares his vision."
Last August, Malakai Black made his AEW in-ring debut against Cody Rhodes at AEW Dynamite: Homecoming. He defeated Rhodes via pinfall. Since then, Black competed in four other matches and won them all.
#3. AEW Star Cody Rhodes
In addition to being an in-ring competitor, Cody Rhodes is currently AEW's Executive Vice President. However, before that, he spent many years in WWE, where he got to share the locker room with his favorite wrestler, Triple H.
WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes' son recently praised The Game. He revealed that Triple H was his role model and reminded him of his father.
"So, I don’t know if I should share this, but, at some point, it’s going to come off my chest: Triple H is probably my favorite wrestler and was a role model. I only watched from a distance, but he reminded me a lot of my dad in the sense that I watched him do all the work, be this executive, and then go out there—and he was only part-time for the most part other than when I first started and had that run with him and Teddy and Shawn," Cody Rhodes told the Inside The Ropes magazine.
The former AEW TNT Champion also praised Triple H's discipline and seriousness.
"He really was a model in terms of, “OK, you can do both, you can do both, but you have to be really disciplined. You have to take it really seriously.” And that doesn’t get you many friends when you’re the Hermione Granger of the company, and you just take it so seriously and are just a little bookworm," he added.
Cody Rhodes participated in the launch of AEW in 2019. He defeated his half-brother Dustin Rhodes in his AEW in-ring debut at the 2019 Double or Nothing pay-per-view. A year later, he defeated Lance Archer to become the inaugural TNT Champion. A few months later, Rhodes lost his title to Darby Allin at the 2020 Full Gear pay-per-view.
Rhodes recently returned to AEW after a short hiatus. He is currently feuding with Malakai Black.
#2. AEW Star Matt Hardy
AEW Star Matt Hardy worked in WWE for many years throughout his long career. During his time in WWE, Hardy shared the ring with Triple H several times.
In 2018, Matt Hardy spoke about Triple H's role in bringing him and his brother, Jeff, back to WWE a year earlier.
"I pretty much dealt one-on-one with Triple H the whole while dealing with the process of coming back to the company. And I can't say enough good things about Triple H and how amazing he was to work with then and how he great has been since then. Being there, just working with him back and forth, he's been an amazing advocate for me. If there is something I need, some help or I need to make a tweak in something, he's been there. Just so successful and so great on so many levels - I can't say enough good things about Triple H and his help since we've returned," Matt Hardy told GiveMeSport.
Hardy left WWE again in 2020 to join AEW. After joining AEW, the 47-year-old revealed on the Talk is Jericho podcast that he might have had a better opportunity in WWE if Triple H was the one running the company.
"I feel like if Triple H would have been the guy who was solely in power, I probably would have had a much better opportunity at getting to do what I wanted creatively, but it is what it is," he said.
Hardy made his AEW debut in May 2020. He teamed up with Kenny Omega to face Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight Tag Team match, but came up short.
Later, the 47-year-old formed a stable called The Hardy Office. The group includes Private Party and The Hybrid 2. The Hardy Office recently lost a 10-man tag team match against Best Friends and Jurassic Express at the 2021 All Out pay-per-view.
#1. AEW Star Matt Jackson
The Young Bucks appeared on WWE television nearly a decade before they joined AEW. In 2008, Matt Jackson wrestled in two matches on SmackDown against Chuck Palumbo and The Big Show. That same year, Matt and his brother, Nick, appeared on The Miz and Morrison's Dirt Sheet show on ECW. Miz and Morrison made Matt and Nick dress up as D-Generation X before beating them up in the ring.
Nonetheless, WWE decided to pass on the opportunity to sign the Jackson brothers. In 2011, Matt and Nick participated in another WWE tryout. WWE again refused to sign them.
The Young Bucks then wrestled in different promotions until 2019, when they joined AEW as Executive Vice Presidents and in-ring competitors. Right before signing with Tony Khan's company, Triple H offered The Young Bucks a WWE contract. Despite the deal falling through, The Game left a positive impression on Matt Jackson.
"He was great. Charming dude. He said all the right things. I don’t know how many times I told him no. We must have declined the offer, in the end, I don’t want to exaggerate, it had to have been at least four or five times, and by the end of every conversation he would have another call scheduled with me in two weeks and I would go 'how did he do that?' What, I just told him no. We’d be laughing by the end of the conversation. The conversation would start with me saying we’re so sorry, we’re going to pass on this, thank you so much, and an hour later I’m talking about our next phone call in two weeks. He’s a magician and no wonder he has the job he has because he’s a charming guy and he’ll charm your socks off," Matt Jackson told Fightful.
Despite being impressed by Triple H, The Young Bucks turned down WWE's offer. They made their AEW debut at the 2019 Double or Nothing pay-per-view, defeating Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix. The former AEW Tag Team Champions recently teamed up with Adam Cole to defeat Jurassic Express at AEW Rampage.