Triple H tried to claim in his interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin that he didn't dislike CM Punk despite his walking out on the company, it turns out that may not be true at all.
Former WWE writer Court Bauer appeared on the Bauer & Pollock podcast and shared a story of how Triple H basically tried to ruin the career of CM Punk before he had even signed for the WWE.
Ridiculing a Rookie
According to Bauer, Hunter along with DX teammate and best friend Shawn Michaels started ridiculing Punk and trying to bury the up and comer when he was having his tryout in front of Vince McMahon and the rest of the WWE's top brass.
Hunter tried to claim recently that he had never heard of CM Punk before he came to the WWE, but Bauer did his best to prove that wasn't true.
"One time, Triple H along with HBK buried CM Punk. I think it was his 2005 tryout," Bauer said. "Maybe he didn't know the name, and wasn't familiar with who it was but they buried him."
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Bauer said that he, Vince McMahon, and then head of talent relations John Laurinaitis were all present as the tryout match was going on. They, along with Triple H and Shawn Michaels were in the Gorilla position - the staging area behind the curtain where wrestlers come out to the ring, named after Gorilla Monsoon - watching Punk's efforts at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Philadelphia.
"They annihilated his look and his work and I'm like 'you just sunk the guy in front of the Chairman!'"
Bauer compared the criticisms to a bad DX skit where they were just relentlessly mocking everything about Punk. "They were shredding this poor guy," Bauer said. Bauer went on to add that the next year at Survivor Series, the crowd chanted for Punk over DX, and Triple H disingenuously put his arm around the future superstar.
So when you read that Triple H says he never had a problem with CM Punk at all during his time at the WWE, take it with a pinch of salt.