Triple H is known for having a sense of humor and there was once a memorable backstage line on WWE TV that is remembered for going a bit too far with a joke.
There was a backstage segment on Raw in 2006 where former Raw GM Eric Bischoff was talking to Chris Masters about Eric’s new book. At the time, Masters was visibly smaller than he was in the past because he had come back from rehab following a painkiller addiction problem. The segment led to D-Generation X’s Triple H and Shawn Michaels walking up to them for some banter.
After Bischoff left the scene, Masters told Triple H was thinking about writing a book. It led to Triple H asking Masters: “What are you gonna call it? How to lose 50 pounds in four weeks?” Masters left at that point.
The insinuation was that Masters lost a lot of weight because he stopped using steroids and that meant he lost weight. The ironic thing about it is there were times in Triple H’s career where he looked significantly more muscular and looked like he lost weight too, but nobody cracked jokes about that.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Chris Masters explained that he knew it was coming, but maybe it was a bad time to say something like that.
“I was aware of it ahead of time. It’s funny, because this has come up almost in all of my interviews, but I mean, there’s a couple of ways to look at that. Like Hunter, if you’ve looked into, like, if you watch his history, I mean, he’s very much a ballbuster, even to HBK. Right, his best friend? So I mean, like, yeah, the timing of it’s more like, it’s not something that I don’t think he would have. I think it might have been more about the timing of it, than anything, just because of everything we had been through with, you know, you talked about Eddie and then Chris, and then and then, you know, we were under so much scrutiny.”
“And then, you know, I came back, you know, from rehab, and I was, you know, about 20 pounds lighter or whatever. So, I mean, it was just, it was just more about, like, if it had happened at any other time, maybe it wouldn’t have been, you know, as big of a deal. I guess, because I think, you know, I don’t think again, I just think, you know, he’s kind of a ballbuster so it wasn’t like that’s something he would have kind of said at any point in time. I just think it was maybe at that time, it was probably a bad time to say it.”
Masters has also said that his weight loss came from altering his workout plan.
“Hunter has also been very helpful and supportive at points, so it’s just one of those things where, at that point in time in my life, I had just gone through opioid addiction, so I can understand why I came back and people thought, ‘Oh, he’s off steroids. Look how light he is.’ But I swear to everybody – I’ve told this story for the last 15 years – that wasn’t the issue.”
The clip of Triple H’s verbal jab toward Masters is below.