Triple H: ‘I enjoy Hell in a Cell’


DALLAS – June 16, 2003 – One day after he retained the World Heavyweight Championship in a Hell in a Cell with Kevin Nash, Triple H spoke with WWE.com.

WWE.com: How are you feeling?

Triple H: Better than expected. I’ve said in interviews before, this is the type of match where you kind of just survive. When it’s all done, you just hope for the best. If you can come away without a permanent injury or something that’ll nag you down the road, you did alright. Right now, I feel alright. I’ve got a lot of lumps and knobs on my head, and I’m kind of sore. But I don’t feel like I injured myself in any way.

WWE.com: You’ve got a lot of scratches on your forehead.

Triple H: Yeah, I got a lot of blood. I’ve got a lot of cuts that you can’t see. I have some on my forehead, but I’ve got a lot that you can’t see from the barbwire.

WWE.com: But you elected not to have stitches?

Triple H: Yeah. Sometimes stitches can be worse almost. If you can get the bleeding to stop, which it did – it took about a half hour to get it to stop – then you can Steri strip it closed and hope for the best. So far it’s stayed closed, so that’s good. A lot of times if it’s still bleeding the next day, I’ll stitch it then. But it seems to be OK.

WWE.com: What did you think about the match?

Triple H: I was happy with it. It’s not up to me to decide, I guess. But as far as the fans’ standpoint, for the RAW stand-alone pay-per-view, I think we delivered. I feel that it was a success.

WWE.com: Would you say that you were feeling slightly more pressure to perform given that it was the first brand-specific pay-per-view?

Triple H: Not necessarily more pressure to perform, but some people looked at that show and said, “Well, it’s half the roster” compared to what they were normally getting on a pay-per-view. My thing is, it’s not that you’re going to get to see half the guys. You’re going to get to see the guys really perform. And that’s what we did. We all took pride in the fact that this was our pay-per-view. When you look at the two groups right now of the brand extension and you say, “Well, there’s two different shows, but it’s all the same company” – it’s really not. We don’t see the guys. We don’t see anybody from SmackDown! until we’re around them. And now with the pay-per-view split, a month ago when everybody saw each other, it was, “See you at SummerSlam.” It’s three or four months away. It really is like two different companies. That creates a lot of pride.

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