Ric Flair has said Triple H got into professional wrestling through him.
Speaking with WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin on his WOOOOO! Nation podcast, Flair told the story about "Macho Man" Randy Savage wanting to defeat Triple H in a squash match on Triple H's way out of WCW. He also said he is the reason The Cerebral Assassin is in wrestling today.
On the squash match, Flair said: "Savage came in that day and Savage wanted to beat Hunter in like 30 seconds. I said, 'that ain't going to happen.' Savage and I had the worst argument of all time. When you like someone's talent, you just don't squash a guy going out the door. I don't think you do that to a guy."
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With hindsight, that was the right thing for Flair to do, as Triple H has turned into one of the most successful wrestlers of all time.
The Game was looking to prove himself at that time, hence the move to the WWE, putting him in a squash match against Savage would have been horrible for his confidence.
The WWE Hall of Famer also went on to say he was the one responsible for bringing Triple H into the wrestling business in the first place. Flair owned several Gold's Gym locations in the Carolinas, and The Game worked at a Gold's Gym in New England. During a seminar by Gold's Gym management company American Club Systems, The Cerebral Assassin approached Flair.
He said: “I came out of the bar, entertaining myself with a balloon or something like that and Hunter handed me a tape, I took the tape back, and he was in Atlanta [Georgia] two weeks later."