WWE's Chief Operating Office Paul Levesque, better known for his in-ring name of Triple H, has had a major fall-out with one of the superstars backstage after he called off their match in fear of a serious injury.
The incident happened on Monday Night Raw when Daniel Bryan was up-against Randy Orton in a No-Disqualifcation match, which essentially means, there are no rules.
With Bryan in full-control of the match, he then decided to do his signature move of diving through the ropes onto the superstar on the outside, however Orton side-stepped out of the way which left Bryan crashing head first into the barriers around the outside.
After that clash with the barrier, Bryan looked dazed and out of it for the rest of the match and it was feared that he could have sustained a concussion, which has happened to both Triple H and Dolph Ziggler recently, however, it was something worse for Bryan.
As the match was carrying on, WWE commentator and Hall-of-Fame Jerry the King Lawler commented on Bryan and said he looks like he has lost all the feeling in the top-half of his body. Essentially he was saying he had damaged a nerve somewhere in his upper-body and King was correct.
The injury is known as 'A Stinger' and it basically gives the competitor shooting pains down their spine and could paralyse them if they continue.
The match official got the medics to take a look at Bryan and after checking up on him, they had no choice but to call of the match.
However, during an exclusive interview with the official website, Triple H admitted that he told the medic to call-off the fight in order to protect the superstar.
“Whether anybody likes it or not, it’s my job as COO of this company,” confirmed Triple H to WWE.com. “I made the call that Daniel Bryan’s health was important and I called the match.”
This is when the drama backstage unfolded.
Apparently straight after the match, Bryan burst backstage and hunted down the COO and once he found him, he let rip at his boss.
Eye-witnesses have recently given their accounts of what happened backstage at RAW.
“I saw Daniel face-to-face with Triple H, nose to nose, screaming at him, saying that the match should not have been stopped and he’d worked through several injuries over 13 years,” said referee John Cone, who followed Bryan into the locker room area. “Triple H fired back, saying he’s worked through torn quads, but Bryan was saying it was supposed to be the biggest match of his career and it was taken away from him.
“I’d never seen anything like it; they almost came to blows,” elaborated Cone. “Randy stepped in and pulled Daniel Bryan back, it was the craziest thing I’d ever seen backstage.”
Layla, a diva on the roster, agreed: “It was probably the most intense argument I have ever seen right in front of me.” The former Divas Champion was backstage when Bryan emerged through the curtain.
“Bryan beelined straight for Triple H, and the passion in his voice – [he said] ‘I have wrestled for 13 years, this was supposed to be my biggest match, my biggest accomplishment; you don’t ever stop a match without me!’”
Another diva, Alicia Fox, was also about when the confrontation took place.
“I think he was just trying to state his fact that he’s very passionate about what he does, his job and how he handles his work in the ring and taking care of his body,” she said. “At the same time, the way Triple H saw it, he was looking out for his safety, his well-being for his future, the company, and future matches to come.”
Another diva gave her viewpoint on the argument by saying: “Both Daniel Bryan and Triple H have a ton of passion, if anyone could relate to what Daniel Bryan felt it’d be Triple H, but I’d just never heard an exchange so heated like that in my life.”
“I’ve never seen Daniel like that before,” Cameron said. “He was cursing, just saying he’s worked through everything … Triple H was only doing what’s right for Daniel, but Daniel is just so passionate about this business.”
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