Though known as close friends as part of D-Generation X, the mid-2000’s saw a rift form between Triple H and the team of Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
After being released from his WWE contract in November of 2004, Gunn went to TNA in early 2005. Road Dogg was already working for the promotion, and after much on-screen goading from Gunn, the two eventually reunited. In late 2006, the pair began calling themselves the Voodoo Kin Mafia, or VKM for short. The team name took a shot at the initials of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and the pair spent plenty of time bashing both Triple H and Shawn Michaels, with whom they had real life animosity following their WWE exits.
Speaking on a recent episode of Under the Ring with Phil Sturm, former WWE Tag Team Champion Trevor Murdoch recalled working with Triple H during this time period and said Billy Gunn and Road Dogg had threatened to jump into the ring and attack The Game during a house show.
“Lance and I kind of get a reputation in WWE, ‘You mess with one, you mess with the other. It’s in your best interest to leave them both alone.’ There was a time where, back in the day, when Triple H wasn’t on the greatest terms with Billy Gunn and Road Dogg. We were doing a house show, and Billy and Road Dogg were doing a signing down the road. They had sent a message that when Hunter came out for his match, they were going to hit the ring and kick his ass.”
“Nothing Happened” – Trevor Murdoch On Potential Of Triple H Being Attacked By VKM
Continuing, Murdoch explained that The Game asked him and partner Lance Cade to watch his match at this particular live event, and to be ready in case there was any kind of commotion. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn didn’t end up showing up, but Murdoch took being asked as a sign that he was trusted to “take care of business.”
“Hunter comes up to us, we didn’t know anything about this, Hunter comes up to us and explains the whole story to us. ‘I want you guys to watch my match.’ We’re young guys, ‘Of course we’ll watch your match.’ He explained the story and we were like, ‘Of course.’ ‘As soon as you see those guys hop over the rail, you come out there and you eat their lunch.’ We watch the match, they didn’t show up, nothing happened, but it really signified to us that they knew we would go in and take care of business when we were told.”