Jericho on Bret Hartâ€™s comments on HHH: "It was funny because when I saw that comment that Bret had said, I was kind of surprised because I think that Triple H has had a lot of great matches, dozens of great matches. I could think of two or three that I was in with him myself, so, maybe, I donâ€™t know why Bret would say that, maybe itâ€™s still a little bit personal or some bad vibes or taste in his mouth from what happened years ago. But Iâ€™ll tell you face to face that Triple H has had many great matches and I always enjoyed watching him work, even up to the match he had with Lesnar. I donâ€™t know if that was a great match, it was definitely a very good one, so I would definitely never ever bury Triple Hâ€™s wrestling talent for sure I think heâ€™s one of the best weâ€™ve ever seen."
What benefit does it have for Bret Hart to make those comments? "Heâ€™s saying it just because, old, old, old wounds die hard, or whatever the clichÃ© is. You know, Iâ€™m sure Bret has made his peace with Shawn over the Montreal Screw Job; maybe he still has some lingering issues with Triple H as part of that. I donâ€™t know, cuz I think Bret is very much one of my favorites of all time, one of my top two or three as a matter of fact, but maybe thereâ€™s a little bit of bias in this or something like that for him to say that Triple H has had no great matches. Cuz I donâ€™t think anybody could ever say that heâ€™s had no great matches. You might say â€œwell this guyâ€™s a jerkâ€ or â€œI donâ€™t like him personallyâ€ or â€œbackstage I donâ€™t like himâ€ or â€œpolitically I donâ€™t like himâ€, but thereâ€™s one thing you can never doubt with Triple H and thatâ€™s his wrestling ability, especially as a main event performer, like you said earlier, in the early 2000â€™s as the top heel in the company, I think you could throw any baby faceâ€™s name out there and you could probably match up a quote unquote great match that he had with that person, for sure. Triple H may be a little bit underrated as far as the amount of flak that he takes over the years, but, as a performer, Iâ€™ll tell you straight up he was definitely one of the best, from that era and even up until last year. The match he had with Undertaker, the match he had with Undertaker the year before, both Wrestlemania matches, were both amazing matches. Maybe not the same levels as the ones Shawn had with him but definitely in the exact same ballpark. Triple H is just one of those guys, heâ€™s got it, he always has had it, heâ€™s a great ring general, heâ€™s very smart in the psychology of putting together his matches, believable when he works, so definitely definitely definitely. Like I said, I could give you 3 matches that I had with him, personally that I thought were great. The Last Man Standing that we had in Dallas, the title match we had at State College where I won the title, and then the tag match with me and Benoit versus Triple H and Austin. All of them were what I would consider to be some of my best performances, some of my best matches that I ever had for sure."
Outside your matches with him, what do you think was his best match ever? "Y2J â€“ Itâ€™s hard to say cuz thereâ€™s just so many eras, like you said, I would have thought of the Three Stages of Hell with Austin, was a great one. I think he had a 60 minute Iron Man Match thatâ€™s forgotten against The Rock where Shawn was the referee, that was great. I think the 3-way with Benoit and Shawn at Wrestlemania, whatever it was, was amazing. And I think the ones he had with Undertaker, both of those were great. But thatâ€™s the thing, when you get a guy whoâ€™s had as many great matches as he has, itâ€™s hard to just say hereâ€™s one or hereâ€™s two, you know. Thereâ€™s just so many. Thereâ€™s this one thereâ€™s that one thereâ€™s this one and that one, I mean the Batista Wrestlemania match was great as well. Thatâ€™s what makes a great worker, not just a short burst, but longevity of a career, 10-15 years of having great matches with a whole variety of different opponents and whole variety of styles. You know, thatâ€™s what makes a great worker to me."
On his Royal Rumble appearance: "Y2J â€“ Well itâ€™s funny because, 2 things about that was, one, I was so happy that it didnâ€™t leak. Like I thought for sure, sooner or later itâ€™s going to leak on a website or dirt sheet or somebody would hear something and it would get out. But nobody knew that I was there until the moment that music played. And I think that was such a cool vibe, that we could still surprise people, still surprise guys like you who have your finger on the pulse and have spies or contacts or sources. And thatâ€™s what wrestling is all about. Itâ€™s all about the surprise element that takes you back to when you were a kid. When I was a kid, we had no internet or no dirt sheets. All we knew, all I knew, was what was coming by promotions. And thatâ€™s how weâ€™d have a surprise. I think of when Dave Hebners evil twin brother Earl Hebner and they screwed Hulk out of winning the title. If you would have heard earlier today that Earl Hebners brother Dave was in the building and theyâ€™re identical twins, it would have killed some of that magic. And that was cool for us to be able to do that at Royal Rumble and have a complete surprise, legitimate surprise. And then number two was, I didnâ€™t even think about it until afterwards, that I was in there for so long, like 48 minutes, or whatever it was. And Vince even asked me after â€œhow did you stay in such good shape? I was like. I donâ€™t know, Iâ€™m not sure."