It all started when Triple H made jokes about AEW that appeared to be small shots about the newly-launched promotion during the Hall of Fame speech for D-Generation X.
Fast forward to the Double or Nothing event, Rhodes smashed a Triple H-like throne, which was his response to those comments made by “The Game.”
In an interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, Rhodes explains why he did that, which was the first shot on his part towards WWE, not AEW’s part. Rhodes also gave praise to Triple H.
“The decision to blow up the throne was my decision alone and doesn’t reflect on AEW at all. It was something I had thought long and hard about, and I, honestly, think it came from more of a personal standpoint than the company firing that first shot. And that’s gonna be something that, I don’t know how many more of those I get in me, because as I become more engrained in the AEW business side, as an employee and as one of the executive vice presidents, I don’t get as many, ‘Oh, well he’s just a dumb talent doing dumb things.’
Plain and simple, I was a huge fan of Triple H. I learned a great deal from Triple H, a great deal. I probably wrestled him in the Capital One Arena. But when push came to shove and I thought I was better than 99 percent of the people he was putting ahead of me, he didn’t see that. So in that moment, there is no greater revenge in the world than success. So I knew I was walking out to a sold-out crowd, wrestling a 50-year-old man in a match that people, at one point, deemed unworthy and the place was literally shaking. So I felt no need. Like, this is the perfect time to do it, to fire my own shot, and it was my own shot, not an AEW shot.”
You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below: