Before I strike even one letter on my keyboard, I already know that this is going to be a losing battle for me. So, before I begin, I need to preface one thing: I have not worked for World Wrestling Entertainment for 15 years, and I dont plan on working for them any time soon. With the current structure of their creative department---I guess---there isnt a chance of my personality, and my writing style fitting within their framework---not one chance. THEREFORE, my assessment of Triple H, having both the privilege and opportunity to work with him for the first four years of his WWE career, have NOTHING---and, I repeat---NOTHING---to do with me looking for employment within their organisation. My views and opinions of Hunter are all attributed to my first-hand experiences in working with him. Now, please keep in mind, that I left the WWE long before Triple H even began dating Stephanie McMahon, so I never had the opportunity to work with him when he was in a position of any sort of power. When I worked with 26 year-old Paul Levesque, he was just one of the boys looking to make a living out of the thing he loved most---professional wrestling.
10. It Started With Perfection
When Hunter first came into the WWE, I had the privilege of being the first guy that he was handed off to when it came to developing his characterHunter-Hurst-Helmsley, The Connecticut Blueblood. There was little doubt that we were feeling ourselves around in those very early stages of his WWE career. Looking back, I remember that there was a woman in charge of Human Resources at the time, her name was Lisa Wolf. Lisa was in charge of bringing in the various beautiful females that Triple H had by his side during all his promos, and his walk to the ring. If you remember---Rena Mero was one of those early valets. The day of the show Lisa would have a minimum of 8-10 models on hand, as we used them all in cutting Hunters pre-tapes. Two things stand out to me regarding Triple H and this time. For starters, he was an absolute gentleman around those gorgeous ladies, there was nothing wrestler about him. He treated them with the utmost respect as a professional, all holding them to a high regard. But, the thing that stands out the most concerning those early days was that Hunter was a PERFECTIONIST. I mean, we shot pre-tape, after pre-tape sometimes for HOURS, but throughout it all---Hunter never complained. The fact is that he wanted every take to be PERFECT----he wanted to leave nothing on the table. This sense of I could do it better, told me early on that this kid had a future in the business.
Former head of creative for the WWF and WCW during the most crucial period in wrestling industry history. Currently working on pyroandballyhoo.com, writing weekly slideshows exclusively for WhatCulture.com.