On a recent edition of his “Oh… You Didn’t Know?” podcast, Brian “Road Dogg” James revealed how Paul “Triple H” Levesque took a humongous risk to bring him back to WWE in 2011.
Road Dogg noted that Vince McMahon was against his return at the time due to his substance abuse issues, and Triple H was the one who put everything on the line to sign him.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On getting the call to come back: “So I got the call probably three months before I actually started and just had to kind of reset, restart everything on an employee level, but Hunter was the one that called me… [he] was like, ‘Hey, is he sober?’ And [Brad] was like, ‘Yeah, he’s doing good.’ And so [Levesque] called me and said ‘Do you want to come back? Remember how we used to kind of do stuff and produce and put stuff together, and do you want to do that?’ And I was like, ‘Heck yeah, I would love to do that.”
On Vince McMahon being against his return at first: “[Vince] only knows what he knows, and that’s who he knows I am. Hunter believed in me, you know what I mean? He believed that I had something to offer and put his neck out on the line. I don’t think, you know, that’s metaphorically speaking, but he said, ‘No, I want him.’ And Vince said, ‘Well, that’s it’s on you when it goes awry.’”
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In the world of professional wrestling, there are often behind-the-scenes stories that fans may not be aware of. One such story involves Brian “Road Dogg” James and his return to WWE in 2011. On a recent episode of his podcast, “Oh… You Didn’t Know?”, Road Dogg revealed how Paul “Triple H” Levesque took a significant risk to bring him back to the company.
At the time, Road Dogg was dealing with substance abuse issues, which made Vince McMahon hesitant about his return. However, it was Triple H who believed in Road Dogg’s potential and put everything on the line to sign him. Despite McMahon’s reservations, Triple H saw something in Road Dogg and wanted to give him another chance.
Road Dogg recalled receiving a call from Triple H three months before he actually returned to WWE. Triple H asked if he was sober, and after receiving confirmation from Brad, Road Dogg’s brother, Triple H extended the offer for him to come back. Road Dogg was thrilled at the opportunity to work behind the scenes and produce content for the company.
However, Vince McMahon still had doubts about Road Dogg’s ability to stay sober and contribute positively to WWE. Triple H, on the other hand, believed in Road Dogg’s potential and was willing to take responsibility for his decision. He told McMahon, “No, I want him,” and accepted the consequences if things didn’t go as planned.
This decision by Triple H showcased his belief in second chances and his willingness to take risks for the sake of talent. It also highlighted the trust and friendship between Triple H and Road Dogg, as Triple H was willing to vouch for him despite the concerns raised by McMahon.
Road Dogg’s return to WWE turned out to be successful, as he made significant contributions behind the scenes and helped produce entertaining content for the fans. His story serves as a reminder that people can change and overcome their past struggles with the right support and opportunities.
In the world of professional wrestling, where stories are often scripted and larger-than-life characters dominate the screen, it’s important to remember that the people behind the scenes also have their own journeys and challenges. Road Dogg’s return to WWE is a testament to the power of belief and second chances, and it serves as an inspiration for anyone facing their own personal battles.
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