"Despite reports to the contrary, my arm is legitimately injured" - Triple H. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Blink and like my colleague Sergio Hernandez you may have missed Triple H wearing a small arm brace and sling in his appearance Saturday night as one of Floyd Mayweather's entourage, along with Justin Bieber and 50 Cent, before Money's boxing match with Miguel Cotto. Hunter is a stickler for tradition and still trying to maintain kayfabe even today when the reality of onscreen injuries can be easily discovered with a quick Google search and a mere click of a button, thanks to the invention of the Internet. According to Dave Meltzer on his latest radio show, this has led to accusations backstage that the Cerebral Assassin made a careless blunder by failing to make his arm injury much more obvious and is a hypocrite, as he is so adament about everyone, including John Cena, to make sure they sell their worked injuries in public settings like restaurants.
Triple H is apparently "really furious" at the reaction his appearance got, which may explain why he felt the need to go on WWE.com to clarify his injury status:
"It wasn't just one thing that was broken," said Triple H of damage sustained almost a week ago. "It's complex and that's why there's misinformation."
The Game thus finds himself toting a mechanical brace that offers various ranges of motion and, fortunately, versatile enough to remove for media photo opportunities while in attendance for the major boxing event.
"I have to be able to take the brace on and off [to rehab]," he said. "Trust me, it was the last thing I wanted to wear while I was in Vegas trying to have a good time."
Rest assured WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent was doing his job properly regardless of what his underlings may think.
If that wasn't laying it on thick enough, WWE.com also spoke with jiu-jitsu expert Rener Gracie, who has been romantically linked to WWE Diva Eve Torres, about explaining Brock Lesnar's new WWE finisher, the Kimura armlock, to their fans:
"The hold goes as far back as early Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo," Gracie said. "People even trace Japanese jiu-jitsu back further to India thousands of years ago. So it has been around forever. It's only recently becoming very popular because of its successful use by professional fighters."
"The Kimura is a shoulder lock, originally a Japanese arm lock called the Reverse Ude Garami, which means the reverse arm entanglement," he added. "A lot of people know the Key Lock. It's an inverted version of that."
Gracie explained the technique came to be known as the Kimura Lock, after his grandfather fought Japanese champion Masahiko Kimura in 1951. It was the first time a jiu-jitsu world championship match would be held outside of Japan.
Although Kimura outweighed him by nearly 80 pounds, Helio lasted for 13 minutes, until Kimura locked in the hold.
"Fearing for injury, my great uncle Carlos, my grandfather's older brother, threw in the towel, forfeiting the match," Gracie said. "To honor the champion, at least in Brazil, under the teaching of my grandfather, they named the technique the Kimura."
Citing a UFC fight pitting Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, in which Mir broke Nogueira's arm with the hold, Gracie said: "It goes to show how serious the move is. Even though you might feel the pain and you might not want to tap, you have to. Because if you don't, you're going to pay for it. We always say at the Gracie Academy, recovery time from that lock is six days if you tap, six months if you don't."
I suppose UFC, Mir and Nogueira can all be mentioned on WWE.com if it helps get Hunter's arm injury over as legit.