Jim Ross has recently discussed the real-life issues between Triple H and Chris Jericho, and how they flared when the latter joined WWE from WCW.
Jericho surprised the wrestling world when his Countdown To The Millennium interrupted The Rock on Monday Night Raw as ‘The Ayatollah Of Rock And Rollah’ made the move from World Championship Wrestling. It was one of the biggest reactions in Raw history when his name appeared on the screen, and he straight away showed he could match up with the best on the mic.
However, whilst the crowd were pleased to see him Good Ol’ JR has commented how some backstage were not pleased with his arrival, and that included Triple H.
Talking on his Grilling JR podcast, Ross discussed how he feels there must have been a motive for ‘The Game’ to react the way he did.
Triple H probably didn’t like him because he’s shorter and he’s a hell of a hand, and somebody’s gonna get to figure out what he’s all about. I thought for a guy as smart as Paul Levesque [Triple H], and he is, and I saw he’s getting better from his heart issues, which is great. He’s so smart, hence why I named him the Cerebral Assassin on an entrance.
There’s gotta be a motive there. There’s gotta be an agenda of some kind why Triple H would say that [Jericho needed to learn “the WWE style”], and I believe it was politically based. Now, he won’t agree with that.
When Jericho appeared on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions earlier this year, he discussed the strained relationship he had with Triple H at the time.
There were some people that just didn’t want me there because I was a WCW guy, not realizing [that he ultimately wanted to work for WWE]. I talked to Triple H about this on Talk Is Jericho. We hated each other for years and we don’t even really know why now, but at the time it was like, ‘This guy’s a piece of sh*t.’
With thanks to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription.