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Paul London Says He Was Disgusted to See Triple H’s Involvement in Kevin Owens’ Universal Title Win

September 3, 2016 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

As previously reported, The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast recently interviewed former WWE Superstar Paul London. He shared his thoughts on joining Lucha Underground, WWE’s handling and timing of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, and also his friend Kevin Owens winning the WWE Universal title. London was very critical of how Triple H was involved with the angle and criticized Triple H of doing so to keep himself relevant. Below are some more highlights and excerpts from the episode.

London’s initial thoughts on Lucha Underground: “I’ll be honest, when I first saw Lucha Underground I was living in Austin (Texas) at the time and that was in Season One. I don’t own a television, I still don’t so I was watching it on my friend’s television and I was really impressed with how different it was. You can’t really categorize it and say oh, it is a wrestling show (but ) what you can say is it is episodic, what you can say is it is thrilling, what you can say is it is engaging, what you can say is it is intriguing, it is obviously unique, it is a completely different rainbow full of completely different colors that remain to be seen, So all of those aspects were completely intriguing to me. I think I really enjoyed and I do enjoy the emphasis they do put on each individual.”

His thoughts on adding something different to the product: “As a performer you want to add to something, you don’t want to take away from it. I was pretty burnt out on wrestling for a long time and in some ways I still am. Just on how boring it was, not Lucha Underground specifically but wrestling in general is just like looking at the same flipbook. No matter how slow or how fast you flip it; it is still the same images. When I started speaking with them and we started talking and having a mutual flirtation, I emphasized this and that is I am not into head dropping and I don’t want to do anything that I’ve already done, I don’t want to look how I’ve looked before and I don’t want to do anything that people recognize. They asked if I wanted to keep my name and I said well it is my real name so we might as well use it. I’m not really into wearing masks (unless there is a female involved) and I’m not really interested in being a toy and they completely agreed which was music to my ears.”

On not having spoken to Brian Kendrick in over a year: “I haven’t spoken to him in over a year. When you love something, as they say you let it go and if it was meant to be it will come back. That’s all I really have to say about Brian. ”

On his familiarity with the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament: “I’ve heard about it and I’ve seen a few matches here and there and if you want my honest opinion on what it is all about? Their timing is laughable because before then what other show would appear on a Wednesday night? What other show is on that Wednesday night (Lucha Underground) is an actual threat? They didn’t specifically make a tournament of heavyweights on Wednesday night because heavyweight wrestling is boring and is limited. What are you going to watch Zeke or whatever against some muscle head and lets tune in Wednesday night for this sh*t. No. The fact that they created this cruiserweight whatever and decided to rape the independents of talent and dangle all of these carrots to these independent guys and (say) that you are part of the family now (not really) but we are going to use you so we can shine up our product in hopes that people choose us as the alternative on Wednesday nights because the truth is we don’t have a leg to stand on and they don’t.”

His thoughts on Kevin Owens winning the WWE Universal Title and Triple H’s involvement: “The thing that really kind of disgusts me is Kevin Steen (Owens) who is one of my favorite people in the world and it really disgusts me is to see Triple H with his phony, fat smile draping all over Kevin Steen and saying that I believed in this guy all along. You know the body-builder, “the game” himself, Mr. Arnold Classic, Mr. Shredded is now super endorsing this non body-builder and who is kind of the anti-pro wrestler if you think about it (and from an attitude standpoint Kevin is amazing) but from that ideal WWE body that they valued and cherished for decades, he doesn’t fit the mold and I love that about him because cookie-cutter is boring. But I just think that this Hunter feigning over him is bullsh*t. It is just that, I think it is bullish*t. I think Hunter just does that to keep himself relevant at these new guys expense. It is almost like he is trying to give himself a rub off of these guys and it disgusts me.”