Triple H is featured in a new kayfabe sit-down interview with Michael Cole. While the majority of the piece is kayfabe, Hunter gave a worked shoot update on Daniel Bryan and the future of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to open. I quoted the update then paraphrased the rest in a recap.
Triple H on the future of Daniel Bryan as WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
"I think that remains to be seen Cole. Right now there is nothing definite. We know what Daniel Bryan knows. He's having surgery on Thursday with Dr. Joe Maroon in Pittsburgh. We'll know more after that. I think that it's probably Monday night we'll have some type of definite decision on the matter once we know all the facts."
Hunter went full kayfabe, saying this is symptomatic of what he's been talking about for a year or maybe more. It's one thing to be an A+ player here and there and it's another thing to be A+ player day in and day out and to be able to understand the wear and tear of not only being a WWE superstar but of being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Triple H said Bryan has held the title for a little over a month and he's already going under the knife. He called Bryan a "little B+ player" and questioned if he could handle going up against the 300 lbs. monster that is Kane or handle the target of being champion.
Hunter said he found it ironic that the little engine that could was going to go get a doctor's note to say that he can't face the monster anymore.
Cole then asked Triple H if The Authority would question Kane, saying the demon has been out of control for more than a month.
Triple H said they let the demon out of the box and now the whole world pays the price and that Kane does what he does. He said this "ain't ballet" and everyone wants to be in WWE but bitch about it when they get hurt. Hunter said he's tired of that attitude. If you want to play the game, be prepared to pay the price for it.
Cole asked why Triple H and Evolution decided to accept a rematch against The Shield at WWE Payback. Triple H said they know they got lucky and they're tired of it. Batista, Orton and himself maybe made a mistake. He believes The Shield is the future of the WWE but questioned if they'll still be here following Payback.
Cole asked how many guys Evolution has on their payroll. Triple H said everyone is on his payroll, including Cole. Michael brought up the closing segment on Raw, where The Shield was attacked. He discussed guys getting retribution after what The Shield did running rampant for a year. Triple H said they were protected two years by him and now their protection goes away.
You can watch this week's kayfabe interview at this link or embedded in the video below: