Triple H wasn’t keen on Jeff Hardy winning the WWE Championship. He reportedly felt that The Charismatic Enigma wasn’t trustworthy with a world title, according to former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr.
Hardy has won three world titles in WWE – the World Heavyweight Championship twicem and WWE Championship once. He won the WWE Championship in 2008 in a Triple Threat Match against Triple H and Edge.
While speaking on the Ariel Helwani Show, the former WWE writer revealed how Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard approved the decision to put the title on Hardy, but Triple H wasn’t sold on the idea:
“Hunter brought it up, and everybody else was cool. And nobody had said anything, and I’m sitting in there nervous. And he (Triple H) says, ‘Are we really going to trust the championship with this guy?’ And I knew that was a sniper bullet, man.”
Freddie Prinze Jr. explained that Triple H believed Hardy wasn’t trustworthy as a champion:
“Jeff wasn’t trustworthy as champ. It was a feel-good moment, but wasn’t a sustainable one. Hunter’s about sustainable championship runs because that’s bankable, reliable money for the company. His philosophy was sound then, and it’s still sound now, and I just know I pushed hard on that one because I thought it was worth it.” (H/T WrestleZone)
Prinze Jr. revealed that Michael Hayes was eager to see Jeff Hardy win the world title and asked to help push Hardy’s name.
WWE Legend Jeff Hardy and Michael Hayes have a close bond
Hardy and Hayes go way back, with the latter being the manager of The Hardy Boyz in 1999. The three-time world champion recently revealed that he never pitches his ideas to Vince McMahon and instead speaks to Hayes:
“I’ve never pitched one idea to Vince. I’ve never. I always go to Michael Hayes when I have an idea that I feel really passionate about.”
Hayes has had a key role to play in WWE over the last two decades as an important member of Vince McMahon’s backroom staff. He is seen as a close confidante of the WWE Chairman.