Universal Champion Roman Reigns has opened up about how Triple H supported him early on in his career.
While Roman Reigns currently stands at the top of the WWE mountain as the longest-reigning Universal Champion in history, it’s been a long journey to get there.
Speaking during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Reigns recalled his early days in WWE developmental. The Tribal Chief explained that there was one man who was particularly influential in those early days, and that man was Triple H.
Reigns said that The Game was “critical” in guiding him during this early part of his career, even helping get a pay-rise from the company.
“H was very critical in this process to guide me along. Before I met Vince and built a relationship with him, it was Triple H, he was the one down there in developmental, helping guide talent along. He was the one that overlooked it. He was huge in guiding me along. I think he recognized [my] potential and he was always good to me.
Early on, I was the type that was asking for raises. ‘Can I get some more money?’ ‘Yeah, go ahead.’ Two months later. ‘Can I get some more money?’ ‘Yup.’ Then there’s a point where they are like, ‘No.’ I was like, ‘Can you ask Triple H?’ The next morning, you get more money. H has hooked me up and always looked over me. Inside and outside the ring, he’s the best,”
On March 25th, Triple H announced his retirement from in-ring competition, after undergoing heart surgery back in September. The Cerebral Assassin later revealed that he had been scheduled to wrestle at WrestleMania 38, although he didn’t reveal who his opponent would have been.
At the event which takes place on April 2nd and 3rd, Roman Reigns will step into the ring for his latest battle with Brock Lesnar. The match will see both Reigns’ Universal and Lesnar’s WWE Championship on the line.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.