The February 2011 issue of WWE Magazine has an fascinating interview in about our favorite cerebral assassin. Triple H talks about a return to the ring, his retirement plans and of being a veteran in the locker room.
Here's are some excerpts from interview which I will obviously give my opinion on.
Triple H on his return: “If I can’t do this the way I feel like I should be able to, then I want to be done. And I don’t want to come back here and tarnish that. I don’t want to do the nostalgia run where I come out and say I’m the greatest in the world.”
It makes sense in a way as regardless of whether or not your a fan of Triple H we all agree that he should only return if he can contribute to the overall product of the WWE. Triple H has built himself a very impressive legacy and a return that just tarnishes it by his character not putting over younger stars or being a Triple H lite would not do anybody good.
Triple H on Veterans leaving and new stars filling the void: “I’d been in the ring a million times with a lot of the guys who left. Now, when you look at Wade Barrett or The Miz, these are guys that I’ve never been in the ring with. Do I know them? Sure, I see them all the time, but from an in-ring standpoint, I just know them the way everybody else knows them. I’ve never had my hands on them.”
WI hat's interesting is that a lot of the wrestlers who will be main eventing or contending for the title scene are guys Triple H probably never wrestle a match with which can be refreshing. It's also means that Triple H will be a guy who can help a lot of the new wrestlers or wrestlers breaking into the main event to improve on their craft.
Triple H on Retirement: “There was a time when I would have argued that I was the best in the business. When I don’t feel like I can perform at that level, I don’t want to do it anymore. I don’t want to be just a guy in the ring. I want to be the guy in the ring.”
I personally think Triple H still has enough in the tank to be THE guy in the ring for a few more years but I am happy that Triple H is comfortable with retiring instead of trying to beat flair's title record or overstaying his welcome as competitor. I do know that he will probably end up having a backstage role or have some role on screen like being a GM.
Triple H on his next run being different: “In the past, my goal was just becoming WWE champion or World Hvt. champion. But, there’s a certain time when you get beyond that. Shawn moved beyond that… I don’t have to be contending for a championship. Undertaker doesn’t have to be in contention. We’ve moved beyond needing a title to prove that we’re the best. That’s where I am now. (John) Cena will eventually be there.” Triple H also spoke about how he and The Undertaker are the last two veterans left in the WWE lockerroom, When Triple H first arrived in the WWE, it was “20 veterans and three green guys” on the roster. “Now, you walk into our locker room and there are 30 green guys and two veterans.”
Triple H has reach the point where he does not need to have a title around his waist to be a player in the main event. He will be putting over a lot of the new new guys in matches by making them look awesome. With so many of the veterans retired or on the DH it'll be up to Triple H to pass as much of his wisdom in the sport to many of the young guys as with The Undertaker leaving it'll be up to Triple H to shepherd the next generation into super stardom.
I would Implore you to pick up a copy of the the February issue of WWE Magazine as the interview does give some fascinating insight on Triple H's plans and goals.