A former WWE writer has explained how he thinks Vince McMahon doled out the “punishment” to Triple H while The Game was still recovering from heart surgery.
In September 2021, the wrestling world was rocked by the news that Triple H has undergone potentially life-saving heart surgery after suffering a “cardiac event.”
This led to him taking time away from WWE and while he was gone, Vince McMahon made some major changes to NXT – the brand Triple H founded. In early 2022, Triple H’s right-hand men Road Dogg and William Regal were among the backstage personnel on the developmental brand fired by McMahon.
Speaking on The Wrestling Outlaws, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo explained that he thinks Triple H was being punished by Vince McMahon and that’s why McMahon released Road Dogg among other backstage personnel in NXT from their contracts:
“So bro, when your son-in-law (Triple H) is on his deathbed, Vince McMahon takes over NXT, fires everybody Triple H hired, and does a whitewash of everything. Bro, you do that while your son-in-law is on his deathbed. Bro, to me, that was the punishment. Shortly thereafter, what did Stephanie do? Personal issues, ‘I’m going to take some time off to be with my family.’ So all of that happened before Vince’s shenanigans.”
“EC3 said it, bro. Vince is fricking ruthless. You can’t think like Vince. But bro, when your son-in-law is on the verge of death, and you’re firing Road Dogg. Bro, either that is payback, or literally, Vince is sick in his head. That to me was the punishment.”
Following Vince McMahon’s retirement in July 2022, Road Dogg returned to the company with William Regal also returning before the news broke that McMahon was back in the company as Executive Chairman.