As if the new COO didn't have enough worry about, now he's going to have a bunch of angry UFC guys coming after him.
According to lordsofpain.net, Triple H sat down with Moviefone.com last week to discuss all things wrestling. Things got really interesting however when The Game was asked about the UFC's growing popularity.
Here's a couple things that Triple H had to say:
"I don't see us needing to evolve to what UFC does because quite frankly sometimes the fights are long and boring, guys lying around and sometimes the fights are fast and over in five seconds. I've always thought one of the things about us, if you look at us solely from a sports standpoint, is that we always give you a good show. We're never going to give you a crap game."
"I think if anybody needs to evolve, it's them. Give more of an entertainment standpoint. Give more form; they just have fighters who walk in in T-shirts and shorts and just stand there and then they fight and then they win and then they go "thanks, I'd like to thank my sponsors" and then they leave. The whole world was up in arms when Brock was flipping people off and was cussing at the beer company because they didn't give him any money and everyone thought, 'oh my god, he's disrespectful,' —the whole world was talking about it. They couldn't wait to see him get beat up. And then he did well, and he beat some guys and then people jump on his bandwagon going 'Brock's the greatest.' I'm good friends with Floyd Mayweather and Floyd would be the first to tell ya, "I make the most money in boxing and I have the biggest buyers because I have the biggest mouth." He'd be the first guy to tell you that. That's what it's about. Sports is entertainment."
Was Triple H Out Of Line With His Comments?
Pretty standard stuff coming from a guy who used to run a stable called Evolution, and although Triple H may upset a few people with his words, they're also brutally honest.
First off, let's be honest, the UFC is absolutely destroying the WWE right now in terms of money and popularity, and for good reason. The UFC is awesome, and the WWE's programming has been somewhat disappointing over the last couple of years after going for a more mainstream image.
Only recently has the WWE found a nice middle ground and has started to once again give the people what they want, and that's certainly going to reap some huge benefits in the future. The UFC doesn't need to technically evolve in order to succeed, their recent deal with Fox Sports has proven that.
Still, being a fan of both WWE and UFC, I must admit that I do wish Ultimate Fighters opened their mouths and talked some trash every once in a while. Brock did it and got chastised, but honestly that's exactly what the UFC needed at the time—an unstoppable force who knew he was the best, and would continue to run his mouth until someone forced him to close it.
Ali did it, Mayweather does it, and although boxing's revenue is in the toilet these days, that's a completely different topic altogether. I still watch every Mayweather fight because he makes me want to watch more and more with every press conference he's a part of, or every interview he sits down for.
I can't really remember the last time I watched a UFC fight because of an intense buildup between two hated rivals (Evans vs. Rampage?). Instead, I watch their fights because of the athletic factor of these men. Throw in a good promo every once in a while and the UFC is only going to continue to grow. This is the only other big microphone shocker other than Lesner's rants that I can think off immediately when UFC is brought up...and it's pretty good, I guess.
But compared to this? No contest. GSP just got hit with the GTS.
That's what I've always loved about the WWE, they know how to make any main event interesting. All it takes is some guys who can handle a microphone and turn it into a pipe bomb. Triple H knows what he's talking about from that standpoint. For years he's been one of the best in the business when it come to handling a mic and generating interest in the brand.
But come on Trips, some UFC fights are "long and boring?" That's not exactly something I'd say about the hottest sport in town right now. It makes it sound like everything the WWE is doing nowadays has been a huge success, when in fact I can name a few recent "crap games" off the top of my head.
Triple H has been running the WWE for only a few hours when compared to Vincent Kennedy McMahon, I wouldn't talk so big just yet.
To be honest though, to even start comparing the two is pretty ridiculous in my opinion—one's a sport, the other is sports entertainment.
At the end of the day, although everyone in both the WWE and the UFC are tremendous athletes, one is scripted, and the other is not. Both brands serve their own purpose and succeed in their own ways with their own demographic. The comparisons won't ever stop however, not with tons of ex-wrestlers running into the Octagon. So I guess it's time I just accept it.
I will admit that the COO's comments were a tad out of line considering he should be a little more worried about his own brand right now. A couple of his points were still very valid however, and if UFC does want even more publicity, they should let some of their fighters speak their mind a little more every once in a while.
As for evolution of MMA? I think Hunter should be a little more focused on the evolution of WWE.