5 WWE Superstars who had real-life heat with Triple H

Five WWE Superstars who had real-life heat with Triple H
Five WWE Superstars who had real-life heat with Triple H

Over the past 26 years, several superstars have had real-life heat with WWE EVP Triple H.

The Game joined WWE in 1995 after a short stint at WCW and has been with the company ever since. Since joining Vince McMahon's company, the 14-time world champion has made many friends, including Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. Meanwhile, he has also made some enemies.

The King of Kings has had real-life heat with a few superstars throughout his WWE career. His relationship with some of these stars remains sour today. Nonetheless, he has become friends with some of his former enemies in the past few years.

Here are five WWE Superstars who had real-life heat with Triple H.

#5. Former WWE Superstar Chris Jericho

Like Triple H, Chris Jericho competed in WCW before joining WWE in 1999. However, The Game and The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla disliked each other.

During his appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions earlier this year, Jericho disclosed how his relationship with Triple H was during his early days in Vince McMahon's company:

"There were some people that just didn’t want me there because I was a WCW guy, not realizing [that he ultimately wanted to work for WWE]. I talked to Triple H about this on Talk Is Jericho. We hated each other for years and we don’t even really know why now, but at the time it was, like, 'This guy’s a piece of s***.'"

Despite having a troubled relationship for years, the two later became friends. In an interview with Rich Eisen Show, Jericho revealed that he and Triple H now wonder why they did not like each other in the past:

"You fast forward five to six years. You're older and wiser and think back why did we have so many problems? Why did we not like each other? Now we're friends, and I think there's lot of professional rivalry when you are young and full of vim and vigor, as they say."

Jericho left WWE in 2018 following his participation in the 50-man Royal Rumble match at The Greatest Royal Rumble event. In early 2019, he joined All Elite Wrestling. The 51-year-old is currently active in Tony Khan's company.

#4. WWE legend The Rock

Triple H and The Rock have had one of the most historic rivalries in WWE history in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The two legends also had a troubled relationship in real-life several years ago.

On his Confessions with the Hitman Podcast, Bret Hart claimed that Triple H and Shawn Michaels bullied The Rock in the early 1990s:

"Triple H was the same. He was always out to get The Rock. Shawn was out to get him and they just worked on him, and worked on him, and worked on him."

Despite this, The Game and The Great One's relationship has improved in the past few years. Today, it seems like their real-life heat is behind them. A few years ago, the WWE EVP spoke to Facebook Live in India about his current relationship with The Rock:

"It’s always competitive with Rock and I from the very start of our careers...it’s funny, he and I, over the years, we’ve had this interesting rivalry at a time in our lives when we were really trying to establish ourselves and make something...We’ve come to a point where we appreciate that competitive nature...I don’t know what it is. We’ve laughed about it with each other, but there’s still something about our relationship with each other. We get along great, talk business and the things that he does intersecting with WWE."

The Rock left WWE in 2004 to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. He's now one of the highest-paid actors in the world. Nevertheless, the 49-year-old has made several sporadic appearances in WWE over the past decade and a half.

The Brahma Bull last competed in WWE at WrestleMania 32 when he defeated Erick Rowan in six seconds.

#3. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart

Like The Rock, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart had real-life heat with Triple H in the early 1990s. On his Confessions with the Hitman Podcast, the former claimed that Triple H and Shawn Michaels wanted him out of WWE.

The Hitman has taken several shots at The King of Kings in the past few years. Earlier this year, Hart stated that he always thought that Triple H was an overrated wrestler. The Hall of Famer also claimed that the WWE Universe remembers Triple H only because his father-in-law is Vince McMahon:

"There’s always some guys that no matter what they do with them, you always wonder how they got there. I never thought Triple H ever had an idea, original idea, for anything. I I always thought he was overrated. The only reason people even know him or remember him today is because (of) daddy, daddy-in-law," he told The 81 Podcast.

Bret Hart made up with Vince McMahon after years of animosity following the Montreal Screwjob incident. Nonetheless, his relationship with Triple H does not seem to have improved much in the past few years.

In an interview with Arda Ocal a few years ago, Hart disclosed he and Triple H do not speak and only greet each other formally when they meet.

#2. Former WWE Superstar CM Punk

Triple H and CM Punk shared the WWE ring several times between 2006 and 2012. They even teamed up a few times, including once against The Miz and R-Truth at Vengeance in 2011. Nevertheless, the two had real-life heat backstage.

In an interview with The Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014, Punk opened up about his relationship with Triple H during his WWE run:

"He never liked me. It's one of those situations where you always hear those stories in the dirt sheets about 'Hunter says this about Punk' and all this negative stuff, but me and him in a room together? Never any good vibes. Always negative, the way he'd always look sideways at me, the way he always treated me. For instance, a simple courtesy call. 'Hey, that is the European tour, you can't do the movie, we're going to have Randy do it.' But he thought he didn't have to do that because he thought that I was a piece of sh*t."

The Best in the World left WWE in 2014 after participating in the Royal Rumble match. At the time, WWE was planning a match between Punk and Triple H at WrestleMania. However, the company had to cancel the plan after Punk left.

Last April, Triple H revealed that he had spoken with the former WWE Champion nearly a year and a half earlier. Nonetheless, he stated that WWE would not start negotiating with Punk unless he showed interest in returning.

Meanwhile, The Straight Edge Superstar recently disclosed that he rejected an offer from WWE earlier this year:

"I remember one of the first things I ever said to them was, 'Above all, don’t play games,' and they played games. Some things never change…When you enter a conversation with people you have a past with, and you know who they are, how seriously can you take it? I know exactly who they are and they just continue to prove it. I’m trying to be as diplomatic as I possibly can," he told ESPN.

Last August, Punk returned to wrestling after nearly seven years of retirement. The 43-year-old joined AEW. He recently teamed up with Sting and Darby Allin to defeat FTR and MJF on AEW Dynamite: Holiday Bash.

#1. WWE Superstar Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins worked for several years alongside Triple H as part of The Authority in WWE. The two also engaged in a heated feud in 2017. It ended with Rollins defeating The Game at WrestleMania 33.

Nonetheless, earlier in Rollins' WWE career, he had real-life heat with The Cerebral Assassin. In his book MOX, Rollins' former Shield teammate disclosed that several people backstage believed The Architect needed to improve his attitude during his early days in Vince McMahon's company:

"The two top guys in developmental had become anti-office. Our situation had bred an us-against-the-world mentality already. If they think Seth has an attitude, good, f*** ’em, he should have an attitude."

Earlier this year, Rollins revealed more details about his backstage issues during that time. He stated that Triple H told him he doesn't see anything special in him:

"[NXT trainer] Terry [Taylor] is very old school in the sense that he thinks a certain way works, and part of that ideology is sort of shunning what is up and coming instead of embracing it. I was always like, 'Hey, the business is changing. You’ve gotta go with it. If you go against it, it’s not gonna help." I'd just challenge him in little ways every day to the point where I was insubordinate, and Hunter [Triple H] took me aside and was, like, 'Look, I don’t see anything special in you,'" he said on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions.

Rollins also disclosed that Triple H threatened to fire him if he didn't work on his attitude. Since then, the former Universal Champion's relationship with The Game seems to have improved a lot. In 2017, the WWE EVP dubbed the 35-year-old "the future of WWE."

The Visionary is currently active on RAW. He recently teamed up with Kevin Owens to face Bobby Lashley and Big E. Nevertheless, they lost the bout.

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