Triple H was on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show this week to talk about WrestleMania and other wrestling-related topics. Among several things, Helwani asked Triple H what he would be doing if he never met Stephanie McMahon. The knock from some fans on Triple H is that perhaps he wouldn’t have been such a force in the wrestling business behind-the-scenes if he had never met and married Stephanie. Triple H does not feel that way and he says that he was already doing work behind-the-scenes before he met her.
Hunter said, “It’s a funny thing because long before I ever met Steph I had a very strong fascination with the behind the scenes of the business and it’s how I started working with Vince behind the scenes being involved in some creative years ago smack dab in the beginning of the Attitude Era. I had never even met Steph at that point. He and I were working creatively when a bunch of writers left us and Vince was kind of doing everything solo. He kind of tagged me in to help him in a manner and riff ideas off and bounce ideas off of and then I started sitting in production meetings and it became more and more my involvement. Even for stuff that had zero to do with me, which I tended to prefer. I didn’t like to weigh on the stuff that had to do with me nearly as much because I felt like it was wrong to do and your vision can get warped in that but to weigh in on other people’s things and to weigh in on other shows, I was always as fascinated with that side of the business.”
He said he was fascinated with the behind the scenes part of the business even during the days when he was being trained at Killer Kowalski’s school.
He added, “I’d like to think that in some manner I’d be doing the exact same thing from a behind the scenes standpoint. My relationship with Steph I think it’s the best thing that ever happened to me from a standpoint of my wife and kids and everything else so every aspect of my life would be different. But from a business standpoint, I like to think I’d be doing the same thing because of the relationship that I had with Vince and the creative relationship that we had long before any of that.”
Hunter talked about how he and Steph complement each other because there are things that she knows that he is not good at and there are things that he might be better at than her so they work well together.