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Freddie Prinze Jr Recalls Pitch That Made Triple H “Not Like Him Anymore”

Freddie Prinze Jr & Triple H

Freddie Prinze Jr. recalled a pitch involving Jeff Hardy which made him an enemy of Triple H.

In the summer of 2008, Freddie Prinze Jr. became involved in WWE’s creative team, specifically on Friday Night SmackDown. At the same time Jeff Hardy was beginning his journey to his illusive first World Championship.

Speaking on his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, Prinze Jr. recalled this period and how he pitched a story which would have led to Hardy finally claiming the World Championship. However, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the story and title change as he was, with Triple H shooting the idea down.

“So I start pitching why this is a good idea [in a production meeting],” Prinze Jr. said. “I’m telling you, this is an honest story, we’ve done nothing but tell the truth. If he has a relapse, if he goes down again, you take the title off him. You’ve taken it off him before for stuff like that on smaller belts. I said we’ve taken it off of other people in a day. I said we can pull this off. You know, I’m giving this passionate plea, it’s about five minutes long, and then Hunter starts shooting it down, again.

You know, I don’t want it to be a fight. I don’t want it to be an argument. I don’t want to have enemies in the company, but I don’t want this whole story that we’ve built up to let the fans of Jeff Hardy down.”

The former WWE writer explained that the crux of the issue for Triple H was Hardy’s unreliability, following his well-publicised battles with substance abuse. Freddie’s counter was Hardy’s impressive merchandise sales figures, which were higher than that of The Game.

The meeting later continued in private with Vince McMahon, Triple H, Bruce Prichard and Kevin Dunn with Prinze Jr waiting outside.

“We’re waiting outside, we wanna know the answer,” Freddie explained. “The production meeting on this day was on the same floor as a VIP cafeteria, so there’s like this empty cafeteria behind us. A lot of free space. I’m sitting there and looking at Freebird [Michael P.S Hayes] and I go ‘what do you think?’ and he goes ‘I don’t know, you did your best!’ He’s like trying to prep me for failure. So now I’m like shoot, man, this is not gonna happen. This is seriously getting killed right now?

Despite the confrontation, Prinze Jr admits that Triple H was right to question whether the move was best for business.

“Listen, again, Hunter was proven right at the end of the day. I mean Jeff got in trouble less than a year after this happened. They gave him the other belt after that, the other championship. And then he got in trouble and then got in bigger trouble and had to leave the company for a while.

So at the end of the day, he was right, but all of a sudden the door swings open and only Hunter comes out, and he doesn’t even look at me. Right, and he walks by. So this now means two things; one, this dude doesn’t like me anymore or is probably going to work against me now, which is what happened. Or two, Jeff’s going to be the World Heavyweight Champion!”

Jeff Hardy won the World Championship at Armageddon 2008, in a Triple Threat match against Triple H and Edge. However, he left the company in the summer of 2009 owing to needing time off to recover from a number of injuries.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.