WWE has a lot going on, and Triple H is the current head of talent and creative. There was once a time when he wrestled in the squared circle, and he had a number of big moments, including beating Sting at WrestleMania.
The King of Kings faced The Icon at WrestleMania 31, and Triple H won. This match included run-ins from both the nWo and DX as well. Needless to say, it was a big match, but many fans were left wondering why the finish went down like that.
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Road Dogg revealed the answer to a question that WWE fans have asked for years: Why did Triple H beat Sting at WrestleMania 31? It turns out that WWE had bigger plans for Triple H at the next year’s show of shows.
“I’m not privy to that kind of inside information. From what I saw, that was totally Hunter and Sting talking about ‘We need something with this match.’ So they literally ask us if we would do it. We thought, ‘Heck yeah.’ And I don’t think any of us thought about, and I’m talking about the boots on the ground, we didn’t think about one-upmanship or anything. It was just, ‘Let’s just make these people pop and get to the finish or whatever.'”
“The finish was orchestrated that way because, at the moment, it was Hunter-Rock again at the next Mania, you know what I mean? So they wanted Hunter to be strong, Hunter to remain strong, and have Hunter work with Rock the next year. And two months into that, that fell apart, you know what I mean? Then you thought, ‘Well you put the wrong guy over.'”
“Road Dogg also offered an interesting revelation regarding then WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon, and how much McMahon knew about the WCW icon.”
“Vince did not act like he knew who Sting was, or he knew of Sting’s gravitas,” Road Dogg said. “He literally asked us, ‘Was he over?’ Almost like he didn’t, and again, I don’t know if it’s a performance or if it’s real, but if it was a performance, he deserves an Oscar. I feel he doesn’t watch that, he didn’t watch that. He was so laser-focused on his stuff, that stuff outside of his bubble doesn’t compute.”
“So he’d literally ask us, on several occasions, ‘This guy’s going to get a reaction, right?’ And we all were like ‘Hey, this guy is the front-runner of their show. He was the flagship talent of their show for 20-25 years.’ Again, I think the outcome was all booking and politics that caused the finish of that match. And then it all fell apart, and it felt like ‘We got the wrong guy over.'” Sting would go on to have only one more pay-per-view match in WWE, against Seth Rollins, before later joining AEW.
That match with The Rock vs Triple H did not happen again, but The Game still beat Sting in definitive fashion and looked very strong in the process. A slew of shovel-themed memes and other like-minded opinions that Triple H buried talent followed. Others are still scratching their heads about that WrestleMania result. Now, they have a bit of closure.
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