Game for the Job?

Game for the Job?

He can't be reasoned with. He doesn't feel pity, remorse or fear. And he will not stop until he lands the title of WWE Magazine Editor-in-Chief. In his job application, Triple H fields all questions about his past, present and future.

Triple H

Known aliases
"The Game," the King of Kings, the Cerebral Assassin, Terra Ryzin

Position applied for
WWE Magazine Editor-in-Chief

References -- Please list any former employers or associates that can speak to your skills and abilities:
KILLER KOWALSKI -- My trainer always kept a bag of local phone books in a supermarket plastic bag, and if you screwed up bad enough he would hit you in the back of the head when you didn't see it coming. I didn't get hit. Ever. I listened to him.

SHAWN MICHAELS -- He's been around to see every side of me. He's been my friend, he's been my enemy, he's stood on the same side of the ring, he's stood at the opposite side of the ring from me. He's seen it all. So if anyone would know about what I'm about it would be the Heartbreak Kid.

Please indicate your proficiency in the following skills by circling your level of expertise:

Microsoft Word
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How big of a wrestling fan are you?
I can distinctly remember that the first wrestler I ever saw was Chief Jay Strongbow. I was 5 years old, if that, and my dad had the TV on. He was changing channels and he just stopped. I think I had a football helmet on and I was playing with a plastic football. I remember taking the helmet off, putting the football down and sitting on the couch next to him, thinking, "This is the greatest thing I've ever seen." When I was 12 or 13, I actually got Strongbow's autograph, which I still have.

List any work-related injuries that should be considered in job placement:
My torn right quadriceps, while still a bad injury, wasn't as bad as when I tore my other quadriceps back in 2001. Dr. James Andrews looked at that injury and told me I might not be able to wrestle ever again. With this quadriceps injury, from earlier in the year, the muscle was torn completely off, but it was torn in a way in which the doctors could get a good attach location. Quite honestly, the rehab was the same, but the results came quicker. But I still needed to get into wrestling shape. That's the same process, and there's the same frustration level. Every now and then you get cocky, and you think you're fine. Then something happens where you have to catch yourself and you realize that you're not ready yet. That's the frustrating part.

What new skills have you learned in the past six months?
Being a dad. Changing a diaper. It's easy at first because the kid doesn't wiggle around as much. It gets more challenging when they get older, the poop gets bigger and they start to move a whole lot faster.

What television shows, films, music or Web sites have you sought out in the past six months?
I don't really watch much TV. I'm kind of a boring guy like that. I haven't had an opportunity to see a whole lot of new shows. I did watch Lost a little bit. I don't know why people would be ashamed to say it, but I watch Grey's Anatomy. It's good writing. It's a well-written show.

Vacation days required?
You can talk about taking time off in the business, but there's always a big show or the next PPV. I'm a big believer that when you're on top, there's a large workload and a lot of responsibility in that position. To me, that's why John Cena is in the position he is in. Love him or hate him, Cena is one of the hardest-working guys I've seen in my life. I have the utmost respect for him, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to kick his ass and take his title.

Explain a workplace-related issue that causes you trouble:
I see a million guys who think, "I'm the best of the new guys." Well, that's not saying much. Do you want to be the best of the new guys, or do you want to be the best guy here? They sit back and they're just waiting for somebody to make them a star. Nobody makes you a star, you make yourself a star. When the fans are going crazy for you whether positively or negatively then you have something to promote. No one made Triple H. I did. The problem is a lack of patience. Early on in my career, I was very impatient and wanted to be more than I was ready to be. But as time went on, I was glad I didn't get it so early, because I wasn't ready. Now guys come in the door and half of them don't have a clue. I see guys on TV, against the likes of Ric Flair, and they simply can't capitalize on that. If you can't capitalize on working with one of the biggest stars ever in the history of this business, you're not doing something right. You need to evaluate what you're doing and stop blaming everybody else.

Rewrite the following scenario: Triple H suffers a devastating injury by tearing his quadriceps muscle on May 21, 2001, and is unable to defend WWE against the WCW invasion.
WWE kicked their asses, if I remember right. It would have turned out the same way were I there sooner. I think I would have been at the forefront and been considered a figurehead right along with Austin. DX fired the first shot, right? We won the war, but there was the one last battle to squash it. It was still satisfying, but I wish I had been there to put my stamp on it.

Please edit the following statement: "The New Breed is not enough. There need to be more stables in WWE like the Four Horsemen and DX."
I think stables are great when they're done well. The problem is, I don't think very many guys know how to make them work. There have been many stables and groups and packages of guys over the years. But there's really only a few groups that fans remember—the Horsemen, DX, Evolution. It's not an easy thing to do, and I don't think many guys understand the formula and how to make it work.

Respond to this statement: "The best song from Mot"rhead's Ace of Spades album is ‘The Chase is Better than the Catch.' "
Arguably, "Ace of Spades" is the best song on Ace of Spades. It's their biggest hit ever. If you ask Lemmy, he'll tell you something else because he hates playing "Ace of Spades." He's been playing it for more than 25 years, and he has to play it every time because people want to hear it.

Which of the following is the correct spelling of a WWE Superstar's name? 

a. Boogie Man

b. Boogeyman

c. Boogyman

d. Boogieman

If you could interview any individual for WWE Magazine, past or present, who would it be?
Andre the Giant. I never got to meet him, but I've been told that we would have gotten along really well. Andre was truly the first global star in the wrestling business. He just did it in a different way. The world was a bigger place then, and Andre went to all those places and became the biggest thing they'd ever seen. I would just like to hear his take on the business and his philosophy. A lot of people don't give Andre credit for being the wrestler that he was. He led a tough life, too. From an everyday standpoint…the world was smaller, things were smaller, cars were smaller, girls were smaller. When Andre went to Japan, he couldn't sit on the toilet because it couldn't hold his weight. I would like to have known him.

Which WWE Superstar should be on our next cover?
Do they have to have their clothes on? If they can have their clothes off, it would have to be the Divas. But really, you have to give Shawn a cover. I don't want him to feel bad because I just did one and he didn't. Shawn will always be good for a cover story.

Which WWE Superstar should never be seen on the cover of WWE Magazine?
Snitsky. Unless he decides to brush his teeth. If he brushes his teeth, and gets some kind of whitening procedure done, I might think about it. But that man has been beaten with the ugly stick.

What don't you like about WWE Magazine?
I think in the quest to be entertaining, it can get a bit goofy and silly. But I'd go goofy if I had to write for this magazine every day.

Which WWE Superstar are you most looking forward to working with?
I think Mr. Kennedy is very talented. He's one of those guys who's stepped up and risen to every challenge. He's challenged himself to get better, and to excel when given an opportunity to shine. I look forward to working with him.

What's the one question that every WWE Superstar should be asked?
"What would you do if you weren't wrestling?" If a guy can come up with an answer to that question quickly, he probably doesn't have that much passion for the business. When I did the first round of Tough Enough, it was the first question I asked. I was waiting for somebody to say to me, "Well, I don't know, but no matter what, I'm going to be a wrestler—I'm going to find another way to get in, and if this way doesn't work, I'll find another way to make it happen because it's what I want to do, and I'm not going to take no for an answer." Nobody said that. Everybody said, "Well, I'll go back to school or get a job and do this or that." Those were not the answers I was looking for.

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