A former WWE writer has discussed how he shied away from working with Triple H early in his career, with Stephanie McMahon taking notice of it.
The highlight reel for stars Brian Gewirtz worked with during his time with WWE is extensive, including the likes of The Rock, Kurt Angle, Edge and Christian. Eventually, Gewirtz would leave WWE in 2015 to work for Seven Bucks Productions run by The Rock.
In a discussion with Wrestling Inc, Brian Gewirtz spoke of how he worked more and more with Triple H over the years, but their interactions were limited early on.
My relationship with Hunter got much much better as the years went by. I think there was a level of mutual respect and then Triple H looking up going, ‘That guy’s still here? Guess there must be something going on correct with him.’ When I first started I was admittedly intimidated by him. I didn’t work with him that much, in fact as far as I knew, no writer was assigned to him, he would always go off and do his thing.
Meanwhile, I was working with the people who were constantly insulting his character. He was the heel, I was working with the baby faces and it was like one of those deals where I always assumed Triple H – he’s got it because he does his own thing.
Eventually Gewirtz would work with ‘The Game’ on one his most successful long-term storylines, but not before he was confronted by Stephanie McMahon about why he didn’t work with her husband.
I think Stephanie had a talk with me once which was like, ‘How come you never work with Triple H? He sees you working with all these guys, you’ve never once approached him and asked if he wanted to work with you?’ I was like, ‘Oh, I just assumed he wanted to do his own thing.’ That’s on me, that’s my nervousness, and my, like, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,’ but over the years you can’t help but then work with someone.
I got to work with Triple H, not write out word-for-word promos, but at least work with him and craft the long-term storyline of Evolution and Batista and the slow turn which I thought worked super well and then, later on, being able to work with him especially as he was taking a step back.
It’s always difficult when you’re in production meetings and part of the creative process but also a character on the show. No matter how much you say me and the character are different, it always rears its head. It can’t not. It’s human nature. It evolves with evolution.
Brian Gewirtz has also recently discussed a pitch which would have seen Torrie Wilson appear naked.