Former WWE writer Matt McCarthy has spoken about a time when Triple H challenged Vince McMahon over a proposed storyline for Sheamus at a creative meeting.
McCarthy worked for WWE for three years. Speaking on the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, he said that the creative team feel like they can only challenge Vince McMahon a certain number of times at production meetings, although Triple H can do it more than most.
“Vince has one of these things where it’s like, ‘Pick the hill you’re gonna die on.’ That’s one of Vince’s things, ‘If you’re gonna challenge me on something, you better be sure that this is what you’re gonna challenge me on.’ And the only one in the room who kind of has a few more punches on his ‘Challenge Vince’ card than the rest of us is Triple H. But even he has to pick his battles, the hill he’s gonna die on.”
He then spoke about one of the times the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ used one of those challenges. It revolved around McMahon wanting to use former WWE Champion Sheamus’ Irish nationality in a storyline. This was something Triple H said they had already decided against doing as Sheamus was just going to be “a star” and not “an Irish star”.
“Triple H just goes, ‘I thought that we agreed, you know, instead of him just being an Irish star, he was just gonna be a star. I don’t remember Dwayne [The Rock] ever coming out and talking about being Samoan and black. He wasn’t a half black, half Samoan star… he was just a star. Didn’t we talk about doing that with Sheamus? Instead of him being an Irish star, he’s gonna be a star?’ Vince is like, ‘Hmm, yes, that’s true, we did talk about that. Alright, guys, good meeting, let’s get out there and put on a hell of a show.'”
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