Jim Ross has discussed how impressive Triple H was at the peak of his powers as a villain in WWE before his first serious quadriceps injury in 2001.
Ross was discussing The Game on his Grilling JR podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson. The show centred around the 21st of May 2001 edition of Monday Night Raw. In that night’s main event, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. However, that night has become known as the night Triple H tore his quadriceps muscle and still continued the much in what must have been searing pain.
JR has a lot of admiration for Triple H for finishing that match:
“He doesn’t get enough credit for continuing that match with a horrific goddamn injury, painful injury but he stuck it out and steered the course, somehow, someway. That always resonated with me, still does to this very day.”
Jim Ross then goes on to praise the 14-time world champion, saying he was right at the top of the entire wrestling business in his role:
“Most of the focus on Triple H nowadays is as an administrator in WWE. But his wrestling career, like in these days, at one time he became the best heel in our company. Meaning that arguably he was the best heel in the wrestling business. I just thought he was amazing. His matches with Mick Foley helped further that, it takes a lot of guts to do that.”
Jim Ross has also recently discussed one of his first duties when he became the Head of Talent Relations in what was the World Wrestling Federation. According to Ross, his priority was to make things safer for the talent in the ring.