Chris Jericho has discussed the burgeoning friendship he thought he had with Triple H in WWE was soon dashed when The Game gave him some blunt advice.
Speaking on a special episode of his Talk Is Jericho podcast recorded at a show with Inside The Ropes in London, Chris Jericho detailed how he suffered early in his WWE run because he joined the company from WCW:
“There was a lot of animosity for real because I had the audacity to come to WWE. People didn’t like it. They didn’t want WCW guys coming to WWE, because they felt we were inferior. So you could do ten things right, but if you did one thing wrong, you were under a microscope and you were in trouble. And those guys had pull, so they’d bury you to Vince.”
Jericho explained that Triple H initially seemed friendly – perhaps as he had made the jump from WCW to WWE four years earlier – but he soon found out, the animosity towards him ran deep:
“I remember Triple H, when I first got there, he said ‘If you ever need anything, give me a call.’ We were in San Jose, and I was trying to find directions to Stockton or somewhere like that. I went ‘I’ll call Triple H. He seems like a nice guy. This will be the start of our friendship.'”
So I call him, and he’s like ‘Hello, who’s this?’ ‘It’s Chris Jericho. Do you know how to get to Stockton?’ ‘You want to know how to get to Stockton? Buy a f*cking map.’ And I hear this laughter in the background of X-Pac and Road Dogg. He hangs up, and I’m like ‘Well there goes that friendship down the toilet.'”