Triple H: We'll See If My Pec Holds Up At WrestleMania 35

Triple H thought he was going to have an easy WrestleMania weekend.

At WWE Crown Jewel this past November, Triple H suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a tag team bout with Shawn Michaels against The Undertaker & Kane. The injury put Triple H's WrestleMania status in question. While no match had been officially announced, a bout against Batista was teased at SmackDown 1000 in October 2018.

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On Feb. 25, Batista returned to Raw and laid out Ric Flair on his 70th birthday. Batista's return and message to Triple H on that night setup their WrestleMania bout, which became official on Mar. 11 when Batista got what he wanted.

Speaking to ESPN, Triple H discussed getting the call that he was needed at WrestleMania and returning from injury.

"I went from a month ago thinking, 'Oh, this is great -- I'm going to have an easy year this year, I just go watch the Hall of Fame and then I get to work behind the scenes at [Wrestle]Manias. It will be easy. Then, Vince tells me I'm in the Hall of Fame ... and then next thing [I know], I'm working at WrestleMania. So I got busy quick," said Triple H.

"Vince came to me (in February) and told me, 'I need you to be in WrestleMania this year.' And I was like, 'Really? Because I haven't been cleared to train yet even -- I don't know that I'm going to make that.' Batista and I had this conversation a while ago about trying to do this ... then I had to call him and go, 'Dude, I tore my pec and I don't know what's going to happen. I'll see.' To this day, I'm still ... I'm going to get in the ring next Sunday, and you and I will both find out at the same time whether my pec will hold on," he said. "I got cleared up to perform, and my training is good and I feel good. But until you get in there, lifting dumbbells and getting hit by Batista are two totally different things. So I'll see how it goes, but I feel good and I'm excited to get in there. And at this point in my career, I don't ever want to make it sound like it's not as big as it is, but at this point in my career, it's all gravy."

This Friday, Triple H will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of D-Generation X. Two nights later, he will put his career on the line in a No Holds Barred match against Batista.

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