AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes was recently interviewed by Bleacher Report in which he revealed how Triple H reacted when he decided to leave WWE.
"Hunter [Triple H] took it very personally because he had done so much for my dad at NXT.
There was one conversation where he said, ‘I’m shocked that you feel this way after everything I’ve done for your family.’ But I told him, ‘I’m not my dad. I can’t stay here out of loyalty to you for giving my dad a job in 2005. I get it, and the little boy in me really appreciates what you did for my dad. But I’m not him. He’s not here anymore. I’ve got to be me.’
I think Hunter, he’s been in wrestling long enough that he knew, ‘Oh, this is a real one. He’s not asking for more money. He’s not asking for a title shot. Nothing would matter at this point.’
I let the burn get too bad before I said anything, if that makes any sense."