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Kidsday talks with WWE superstar Triple H

We met WWE superstar Triple H when he was in Manhattan recently. He was showing us his new action figure made by Mattel.
What did you think when you first saw yourself as an actor?

It’s a pretty cool thing when you grow up as a fan of something and then you not only get to be involved in that. I was a huge fan when I was your age growing up watching the WWE and to then later become involved in that and then to actually have that action figure lives forever right? So it’s like a little statue of me that carries on even when you’re done. I think for the guys in the WWE for the athletes, for the performers it’s one of the coolest things that when all the guys get very excited when their action figure comes out. It’s very cool.
What made you want to become a pro wrestler?

I just think for the fact that I was a huge fan. I could remember being 6 years old and seeing, you guys won’t have no what I’m talking about, there was an old guy name Chief Jay Strongbow and I remember watching Chief Jay Strongbow when I was 6 years old and thinking that is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life and I want to do that. I just worked hard at it and went after it. If anything, kids can look at me and I’m living proof that you can be anything you want to be in life. I come from a little tiny town from nowhere.
Did you play any other sports when you were younger?

I played basketball and baseball. My mom, ironically, wouldn’t let me play football because she thought it was too dangerous. Which is kind of funny right. When I turned 14 I went to the gym for the first time and started lifting weights and kind of fell in love with lifting weights too. I kind of stopped playing sports at that point in time and just kind of focused on being in the gym. I was like a gym rat. I was always at the gym working out. I enjoyed it.
Who are your wrestling role models?

I looked up to guys in the business. A guy that I thought was the greatest was Ric Flair. There’s been so many guys over the years. I’ve been lucky that in the timeframe that I wrestled in, and the generation that I wrestled in, I wrestled the best. Some of the best that has ever been in the business from Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels. I’ve got to get in the ring with all these guys. I’ve been extremely lucky in that sense.
It took 12 months to make your action figure. How long did it take Triple H to become who he is today?

Well, I started when I was 14 working out and I’m “27” now. So it’s been a little while. Took awhile.
If you could have a rematch with any wrestler who would it be and why?

If I could have a rematch with any wrestler. Probably Shawn Michaels. Even though Shawn and I are best friends is probably why I would wrestle him. We know each other so well some of the greatest matched I’ve had in my career have been with Sean and I consider him, in this generation, the greatest performer of anybody. To have the opportunity, he and I are so close as friends, but to have the opportunity one more time to get into the ring with him. Like a Wrestlemania or a big event like that and just to make people go crazy would be a thrill.

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