A WWE Hall of Famer reflected on the advice he gave to Triple H soon after signing with the WWE.
Before he was The Game, Triple H was a young upstart named Hunter Hearst Helmsley.. Coming from WCW, the star signed a lucrative contract when he first signed with the WWE in 1995, and this led to backstage heat and resentment among some in the locker room.
Speaking in a Title Match Wrestling video, WWE Hall of Famer Charles Wright – best known to WWE fans as Papa Shango and The Godfather – spoke about giving young Helmsley the advice to ignore the locker room members who were giving him a hard time out of jealousy.
“I remember we were in Boston at Logan Airport and he was sitting by himself and people were f**king with him a little bit, talking a little s**t about him, and I remember I went over and said, ‘Hey, bro, don’t mind these f**king guys, bro. They’re just jealous of the money you’re making. This will all die down. You just keep being you, man. Don’t sweat these guys.'”
Continuing, Wright said that Triple H reminds him of this conversation often, as it meant a great deal to him at the time.
“I think to this day he still remembers that because he’s like, ‘Hey, bro, I remember that talk we had that time. You don’t know how much that meant to me at the time.'”
After making the transition from Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the Cerebral Assassin, Triple H went on to become a 14 time World Champion in WWE. After suffering a cardiac event last year, he confirmed that he’s permanently retired from in-ring competition.