H steps back in the ring $10,500 poorer, by Phil Speer
12th Aug 2002
(Credit: World Wrestling
Triple H knew he was going to be
wrestling in his first match in six weeks at last
weekend's Global Warning Tour Melbourne event
in Australia. What he didn't know is that he'd
have to write a check for $10,500 the night before
Game competed in a Triple Threat Match for the
WWE Undisputed Championship against The Rock and
Brock Lesnar Saturday night at Colonial Stadium
in Melbourne. It was his first match since June's
King of the Ring, when he battled the Undertaker
one night before having surgery to remove bone
chips from his right arm.
not 100 percent, but it didn't bother me at all
in the ring (Saturday)," Triple H told WWE.com.
"It's going to take me a while to get my
overall, Triple H said he was pleased with the
match, especially considering that it was Lesnar's
first Triple Threat Match, and it was only the
second time that the Game has been in the ring
with "The Next Big Thing." Triple H
added that he'll "most definitely" be
fully recovered by the time he steps into the
ring with Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam.
did we mention he'll be $10,500 poorer? That's
because Triple H spent that amount at a black-tie
charity dinner Friday in Melbourne - even though
he didn't mean to. An artist had painted three
life-size portraits - one of Triple H, one of
The Rock and one of Hulk Hogan - which were up
for auction at the event, to raise money for children's
cancer research. Several of the superstars who
were in town for the Global Warning Tour Melbourne
- including Kurt Angle, The Rock, Edge, Stephanie
McMahon and Brock Lesnar - attended the event.
Even though "black tie" was optional
for the superstars, the Game packed a suit and
went in his formal attire. So did The Rock.
had a suit made out of corduroy," Triple
H said as his customary smirk appeared, "which
worked for The Rock. I would have looked like
'Dumb & Dumber.' Guys as white as me can't
get away with that."
H added that others dressed more casual, including
Angle, who wore jeans.
was razzed for it by all of us," Triple H
not as much as the Game was razzed when he ended
up winning the Hogan painting.
looked at me like I had five heads for bidding,"
he said. "Then I looked at myself like I
had five heads when the guy said, 'Going once,
going twice, sold!' I thought for sure somebody
was going to bid $11,000."
Game laughs about it now because the money went
to a good cause. But it doesn't look like the
Hogan painting will find a place in The Game's
believe I'll give it to WWE," he said. "No
offense to Hogan, but what am I going to do? Put
it over my bed?"
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