Triple H appeared on ESPN's First Take and was asked what he thought of the success of the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which drew 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, according to some reports. Hunter said that much of their success was due to the clash between the two outsized personalities of the fighters.
“I think from a promotional standpoint they did a lot of things right. They found two personalities and that’s really what this is all about. Floyd will be the first guy to tell you that it’s personalities that sells fights, it’s what he does, he changed himself from ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ to ‘Money Mayweather’ and that was based around WWE and the culture of changing Hulk Hogan to ‘Hollywood Hulk Hogan,’ and reinventing yourself. He invented that persona. McGregor created a persona, a lot of it having to do around what, kind of, WWE does and also what Mayweather does. When you have personalities like that and you put them in a ring with that type of conflict – it’s what we do on a daily basis. But they did it very well. It was a moment in time that I don’t think you can replicate. The great thing is, I think what people were afraid of was that it wouldn’t deliver. I think it did deliver. I think people got an entertaining 10 round fight, it ended up where the educated person would imagine that it’d end up, but I think it was entertaining and it delivered on a lot of levels.”
Triple H was asked if it's easier to become a success in professional wrestling by using your real, natural personality, or if it's possible to achieve the same level of 'being over' with an entirely manufactured charisma.
"I think you can do both. I think there are some people that just have it, they walk in a room and they have that ‘x’ factor. We look for that a lot. But I’m also looking, when I’m recruiting talent I’m looking for, even somebody that is a dormant characteristic or a trait in them that makes them that – they have that ‘x’ factor they don’t know they have it. Or its been held back in them, their whole life they’ve been taught ‘don’t put that out there,’ don’t brag, don’t be this, don’t be that, bring that back in. I think there are a million guys in the NFL or are attempting to get in the NFL that look at what we do and they live vicariously through us because they’re told ‘Don’t do that. Don’t celebrate, don’t be unique, don’t be those things.’ We want you to be all that and more. We want you to be unique, we want you to bring something we’ve never seen to the table, and that’s what we’re trying to get out of people. Whether they have that in them and they don’t know it, and we coach that out of them and we teach them how to do that, or whether they already have it and it’s already there, it doesn’t matter. As long as when the red light goes on in front of them, they can put that out to the world, then they can bring in whatever you want. They can make people come to arenas, they can make people follow them whether they love them or hate them. It’s all about charisma.”
Triple H also spoke about the Mae Young Classic and whether LaVar Ball or Rob Gronkowski would be the bigger star in WWE. You can see the entire interview in the video above.