• “Triple H was sick about it” – WWF Legend On Refusing To Beat The Rock
During an interview on the ’81’ podcast, Old School WWF Legend Bret Hart claimed that back in 1997, when all of them were working for the World Wrestling Federation at the same time, he witnessed first hand that Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Triple H) hated Rocky Maivia (The Rock) and tried to ruin the young up-and-coming talent.
Here’s what The Hitman had to say:
“When I did the big interview about America, the next week’s taping, I wrestled The Rock and they wanted me to beat him.
Triple H did. He wanted me to beat Dwayne and win the Intercontinental Title. I refused, ‘What do I need the Intercontinental title for?’.
I remember Triple H was sick about it because he had a thing for Dwayne and wanted to ruin him. He hated him.”
The Rock and Triple H eventually became main eventers 2 years later in 1999 and got into a major on-screen rivalry that headlined several pay-per-views between September 1999 and August 2002.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (February 24, 2000) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the Nashville Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Way Out 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. WWF Hardcore Title: Test vs. Crash Holly
2. Chris Benoit vs. Kane
3. Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. Edge, Christian & The Hardy Boyz
4. Triple H & Road Dogg & X-Pac vs. Too Cool & Rikishi
5. The Godfather & D’Lo Brown vs. Big Boss Man & Prince Albert
6. Billy Gunn vs. Bubba Ray Dudley
7. Big Show & Kurt Angle vs. Chris Jericho & The Rock