During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Triple H shared a funny story about the origins of the most electrifying move in WWE, The Rock’s People’s Elbow.
According to Triple H, the legendary move originally was thought of as a rib against a locker room legend.
“I believe the first time Rock did The People’s Elbow was in a match where we were tryna make ‘Taker crack,” said Triple H.
“It absolutely started [as a joke] and then it was getting huge reaction and everybody went with it,” he said.
This was back in the Attitude Era where Triple H and The Rock, along with The Undertaker, Kane, Steve Austin, and Mick Foley would often have six-man tag team matches during live shows.
As many fans have noted, live events tend to be more free-wheeling than TV shows and wrestlers often have fun interacting with the crowd and doing things in the ring that they might not do on TV.
According to Triple H, during those six-men tag team matches, he and the others would often do silly things in the ring with the goal of making the Undertaker laugh and break character.
Back then, Undertaker was famous for keeping up his “Deadman” persona and would never break character.
While the People’s Elbow was supposed to be a “silly” move that was just a rib, it began to get over with the crowds and the Rock then started using it as his finisher.