‘Good Ol’ JR’ Jim Ross has spoken out about, in his opinion, what Triple H’s best work in WWE has been over the span of the star’s 25 year career.
After making his WWF debut the night after WrestleMania XI, the artists formerly known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley was a Greenwich blue blood snob who regarded his foes with a sneer and a smirk. After a year feuding against the likes of Rocky Maivia and ‘Wildman’ Marc Mero, Helmsley was off to the races when he defeated the latter on Monday Night Raw to capture his first WWF Intercontinental Championship.
From D-Generation X, to The Corporation, The Corporate Ministry and his own McMahon-Helmsley Era, ‘The Game’ has had a career that he could have only have dreamt about when he was a WCW enhancement talent.
Now a fourteen time World Heavyweight Champion and head of the company’s third brand – arguably its most popular – it’s time ask the question of what has been Hunter’s best work in the promotion that made him a star?
Jim Ross has sat down on his Grilling JR Podcast to discuss the legacy ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ has left behind and, in his opinion, what has been his crowning glory in twenty five years:
“I think over the long haul, because matches come and go, his legacy may be a bit like mine, I’d rather my legacy be for the talent that I signed and the roster I helped build more than my announcing. I think Triple H’s best work at the end of the day will be building NXT as a third brand in a very crowded space within WWE.
He evolved into becoming one of the greatest heels in the history of the brand. I think he had to mature, he had to get his hand around his infamy, a growing period. Because he married into the McMahon family, he’s been ostracized by a lot of people and criticized because of who he fell in love with. I told Chyna that more than once, I can’t legislate what people fall in love, that’s beyond the talent relations scope.
Obviously it was true love because they have 3 children, they’ve been married for many many years with very high profile jobs, so apparently they’ve found their true love. How could I or anybody else legislate that or judge that? It’s not fair.”
Triple H made a special appearance on the January 11 edition of Monday Night Raw, where – in place of Drew McIntyre – he battled Randy Orton in the main event of the show which was gate-crashed by a fireball wielding Alexa Bliss.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.