I’ve got to hand it to Chris Jericho: He conducted an awesome podcast with WWE exec and multi-time champion Triple H about his early days in wrestling and getting hired by the WWE.
One of my favorite parts of the interview was when Triple H briefly talked about watching pro wrestling on TV in his youth. Triple H is 45 and grew up in southern New Hampshire, so it will be no surprise to many long-time WWF followers that HHH was a fan of Saturday morning wrestling.
“Saturday mornings in my house, I was on the couch till 1 o’clock in the afternoon or 2 in the afternoon,” he told Jericho. “It was from 8 a.m., watching one product after the other.”
Yup, I remember those weekends, too. I had to reserve the TV from my brother and sister so that they wouldn’t be watching anything when wrestling came on.
“I grew up lucky … I had WWF, but I also got TBS, so I had all the NWA stuff,” Triple H said. “I also had all the Von Erich stuff out of Texas.”
For me, I remember religiously watching WWF Championship Wrestling and All-Star Wrestling, and then World Class Championship Wrestling from the Dallas Sportatorium. While my cable system didn’t get TBA until the late 1990s, I could occasionally catch IWCCW on local TV in the early 1980s, which was a local group run by the Savoldis.
It’s well worth checking out the Triple H podcast to hear about his start in wrestling, his days in WCW, and the origins of the Kliq’s influence in the WWE. He also tells a great story about having his first promo with the legendary Gordon Solie.