NXT founder and senior producer Triple H returns to in-ring competition for high-profile matches. He wrestled at WrestleMania 35 in a winning effort against Dave Bautista and came back to take on Randy Orton at WWE Super ShowDown. The Hall Of Famer has competed on every WrestleMania card since WrestleMania 24 and at the 31st anniversary of the "Show Of Shows", Triple H took on former 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting in Sting's first match in WWE.
Triple H defeated Sting but went on to explain why he picked up the victory during Sting's version of the WWE Network series 'WWE Untold'. Triple H confirmed that he was scheduled to take on The Rock at WrestleMania 32 which derived from the two having their confrontation at WrestleMania 31 that included Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey. Triple H added that as the year of 2015 went on, The Rock's scheduled got tighter and the match eventually fell through.
“And then the next one he [Sting] threw out I think was me and so, at that point [it] was me going back to Vince and saying, ‘Do we wanna make this happen?’ And Vince was all for it and we were able to make a deal. Part of the impetus with the way things turned out with the Sting thing is because I was already booked to work with The Rock at the following year’s WrestleMania and we’ll build it for more than a year. That was the intent, belief, everything else." Triple H continued, "Just as time went on, Rock’s schedule changed later in the year and we weren’t able to do the match for the following year’s WrestleMania one-on-one against The Rock.”
Triple H says he has heard people state that Sting should've won the match but there was nothing he could do in that circumstance because the plan going forward was for him to take on The Rock the following year.
“You know there are people who’ll say, ‘Well…’, I should’ve put him over to give him the moment and that’s arguably -- to say that you should’ve... The Rock situation made that impossible, which didn’t happen, but that’s the truth of it. Are there things that could’ve been done differently? I don’t know that it took away from anything.” He said.
Sting did go on to challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after his WrestleMania 31 match and to get a refresher of how that match concluded and read Sting's thoughts on said conclusion, check out Fightful's published article about the topic.
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