Triple H has addressed reports about Brock Lesnar walking out on the July 22 SmackDown taping after learning of Vince McMahon’s WWE departure.
Vince McMahon had announced his retirement earlier that day, amidst ‘hush pact’ allegations. Per previous reports, Lesnar walked out of the arena as soon as word circulated backstage about McMahon’s announcement, before returning at around 8:30 pm ET, while the show was on the air.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani, Triple H noted that there’s some truth to the reports. Commenting on Lesnar’s relationship with McMahon, Triple H said:
“There’s some truth to it. Yeah. Look, you have to understand Brock’s relationship with Vince and Brock’s relationship with combat sports period. He has a relationship with Dana (White) that’s a certain way, he has a relationship with Vince that’s a certain way.
“But Vince is the devil he knows and Brock is inherently not a trusting person, it’s just how he is. He doesn’t like people. (laughs) But he’s not a trusting person and I think in that moment, where you just hear Vince is out, (he thinks) ‘Well now what’s going to happen? I’m out of here.’ You know what I mean?
“I think there was just a moment of that, nothing more, nothing less. It’s not like he looked at it like ‘I don’t like anybody else here, I don’t trust anybody else here.’ There was a moment of ‘I’m going to walk on this’ and then we have conversations, he comes back.
“I have a great relationship with Brock. Have we had issues over the years because of at a certain point, he was a talent (and) I was a talent? Talent all get along to some degree, but there’s also a very real rivalry between all of them.
“They all want to be the best, everybody wants to be the best and be in that spot. So yeah, I’m sure there’s some level of mistrust or those things. He’s always had a relationship — Brock’s not a ‘let me just deal with these people over here to take that off your plate, Vince’ (guy). He wants something, he calls Vince directly. When he has wanted to do a deal, he calls Vince directly.
“There’s a period of time when he first came back where he was dealing with me directly and then, because he and Vince weren’t getting long when he first came back just from past stuff, but over time he rekindled his relationship and now everything goes through Vince.
“It’s just a different time now and I think now that he has had a moment to digest it. He digested it a little bit, came back to the building, we did business that night and had long conversations about where we would go next. He liked what he heard and how he’s been dealt with, so it’s all good.”
Triple H is currently in Cardiff, Wales for this Saturday’s (September 3) Clash At The Castle show. Check out the announced card for the premium live event right here.
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