Triple H hasn’t been on WWE television in a while, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping plenty busy. He has a great many jobs, you know. In addition to being WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, he also runs NXT and is in charge of sending sports teams and athletes custom championship belts when they win league titles.
One team that probably isn’t going to win a league title any time soon (and we’re really sorry about that, Irons fans, but I’m pretty sure you know the score) is West Ham United F.C., who will kick off their Premier League season on Sunday with a game against Manchester United, which should be … interesting. Yes, let’s go with interesting.
To hype up the start of the REAL football season (and SummerSlam also, I guess) on Sky Sports in England, Triple H was tapped to give West Ham’s supporters a rousing pep talk, while flanked by a personalized West Ham kit. It’s a very good pep talk, marred only by H appearing to forget the word “Brooklyn” for the merest fraction of an instant.
If you’re wondering why Triple H of all people is supporting West Ham of all teams, it’s really quite simple (and is a perfect example of corporate synergy). West Ham, you see, are the “Hammers.” And Triple H is known for using a hammer as his signature weapon. (Feel free to drop down into the comments now and make a shovel joke.) The added bonus is that the Hammers’ “crossed hammers/crossed arms” gesture also happens to be reminiscent of D-Generation X. We all know that Arsenal has dominion over the crotch chop, however.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the “14” on the back of the West Ham kit, that’s a subtle reminder of how many world championships the dude has won. Two fewer than Ric Flair and John Cena, one more than Randy Orton. Hulk Hogan has 12! By contrast, West Ham have won the FA Cup three times, most recently in 1980. So everyone’s a winner!