Triple H was interviewed for Sportscenter yesterday to promote WrestleMania 33. He spoke about how his career has changed; it's very different preparing for just one match a year, especially if that match is at WrestleMania.
HHH has the benefit of hindsight now, and looking back, he wishes he would have taken more time to appreciate where he was at the time he was on top.
"I think it's almost more so gratifying. I guess I can appreciate it more, with age comes wisdom and you appreciate it. You appreciate that it could be the last time or one of the few last times that you do it. You just tend to appreciate it more, you tend to enjoy the crowd more. People talk about the Attitude Era for the WWE being this magical time - we didn't realize that. We were just doing it. I feel in some ways, right now is this golden time, it's this great time - It's funny Stephanie, Vince, and me were talking about this just the other day, it's this great time right now. All these changes with the Network, all these things that are happening for us within the WWE, it's just growing immensely. Globally it's becoming bigger than it ever is and it seems like this magical time, but it's hard to step back and realize that cause you're just there doing it."
Triple H is nothing if not a perfectionist, which can be hard on a regular person, but when you're main eventing WrestleMania, the pressure can really get to you, he says.
"Every year. I can tell you the hardest thing in the world for me is - when you do this job all the time you're just in this mode, you don't have to think, you just do. When you don't do it for a year, I hadn't wrestled I wrestled a couple of shows the other day just to get back on track, I hadn't wrestled since last year's Wrestlemania pretty much. That year off is like not playing football for a year and getting thrown in the Super Bowl. You just don't even remember the plays and you freak out. That pressure is difficult, it's really hard. I never thought about it, to me as special as it was when you're doing this 200 or 300 days a year, Wrestlemania is just another show and another day and you can do it again tomorrow. You want it to be special but you don't think about it too much because you do this all the time. Now it's a whole different level. When you get inside your own head it's a lot of pressure."
Triple H also spoke about how The Big Show vs Shaq match might not be canceled quite yet, after all.