Former WWE star Eugene recalled that Triple H didn’t initially want to work with him at SummerSlam in 2004.
During his time in the WWE, Nick Dinsmore portrayed the controversial character of Eugene, who was brought in as the enthusiastic nephew of Eric Bischoff, a huge wrestling fan who struggled with learning disabilities. Despite the comedic role he played, he worked with some of the top names in the company that included The Rock, Kurt Angle, and Triple H.
Dinsmore’s feud with Triple H led to them having a match at SummerSlam in 2004, but the former Eugene revealed to Rene Dupree on a recent episode of Cafe de Rene that The Game was resistant to the idea of the two of them facing off on pay per view. However, Vince McMahon convinced Triple H that their feud needed a blowoff, and in the end the King of Kings defeated Eugene on pay per view after all.
“Someone had said, I don’t know if this is true, he (Triple H) didn’t feel like Eugene was the right guy he probably should have wrestled at SummerSlam. But Vince was like, ‘No, this is the blow-off, we need a pinnacle here.’”
Dinsmore went on to reveal that Triple H had fun with the feud in the end, despite his initial reservations.
“I don’t know, but Triple H definitely had fun with it because all of a sudden he’s got a guy who can work a different character.”
Despite Eugene playing the role of babyface in their match, Dinsmore recalled that the fans who attended SummerSlam in Toronto turned on him and cheered for his rival instead. Despite this, the former WWE Tag Team Champion enjoyed the match and said that it was “fantastic.”
“The whole crowd turned the s*** on me and cheered Hunter. I wanted so bad to get some heat on him and give him a big comeback, but he wanted to have our [planned] match and he’s the general, so I did it. It came off great, it was fantastic.”
Nick Dinsmore portrayed the character of Eugene full-time from 2004 until his release from the company in September 2007. During his run, he would win the WWE World Tag Team Championships with William Regal.