In an interview with Joshua Caudill of Crave Online to promote the new WWE animated movie Surf’s Up 2, Triple H commented on working as an executive, winning the WWE Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view and more.
On winning the Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble, Triple H said that it was a different experience for him as he was going into WrestleMania 32 as Champion and that it was kind of out of the blue and noted that WWE had a lot of talents out with injuries and that a lot of people were moved into different positions. Triple H added that they changed a lot of things about the show and that anytime that happens, then you put a lot of pressure on yourself and said that the pressure is less for him for a physical standpoint because he is still in shape and is in the thick of the business everyday, so he still has a fresh mindset and said that the real pressure came from being an on-air talent, as well as an executive and that when he is trying to operate live events, talent and creative, that is a lot to do on a daily basis and that being able to get in the ring and wrestle again forced him to train twice a day.
When asked about how difficult it was to work as an executive and be a performer during that title run, Triple H said that the common belief is that he and other guys can’t step away from the business or give it up, but that’s not the case and noted that as much as he enjoyed wrestling last year when he was asked by WWE if he wanted to wrestle in front of the large crowd at WrestleMania 32 that it was hard to say no, because he is still a wrestler at heart, however, at the same time, the workload it creates for him is so massive that it is hard for him to enjoy it and said that he was trying to produce NXT Takeover: Dallas while getting ready for the match and that it becomes an intense workplace.
The interview is available in full at this link.