Triple H reveals that he was supposed to face The Rock at Wrestlemania 32. He says that this was the reason he defeated sting at Mania 31.
Two of Attitude Era’s biggest stars, Triple H and The Rock were set to face each other at Wrestlemania 32. However, as the year went on, The Rock’s schedule got tighter and the match eventually fell through.
At Wrestlemania 31, Triple H had a confrontation with the Rock. The confrontation also included his wife Stephanie McMahon and Ronda Rousey. The NXT founder and senior producer revealed that this was done in order to sow the seeds for a match at the next Wrestlemania.
The Game opens up
Speaking during Sting’s version of the WWE Network series ‘WWE Untold’, the 14-time World champion said:
“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. 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.”
The plan was for Triple H to beat Sting at WrestleMania 31 and then go on to face The Rock at the next 'Mania
— GiveMeSport – WWE (@GMS_WWE) June 22, 2019
Triple H revealed that he was aware of fans complaining that Sting should have won his first match in the WWE. However, he said that considering the circumstances, there was nothing he could do. The Game also claimed that the loss did not hurt the WCW legend.
“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.”
The Rock and Triple H did tease a Wrestlemania match on an episode of SmackDown. However nothing came of it as Triple H instead defended the WWE championship at Mania 32 against Roman Reigns in a match that not a lot of fans cared about.
H/T – Fightful