When it comes to the term “Forbidden Door” in pro wrestling, Triple H doesn’t seem to be a fan of it.
There were plenty of surprises in the Women’s and Men’s Royal Rumble matches on Sunday.
In the women’s match, some wrestlers were returning from lengthy injuries like runner up Liv Morgan, others making their WWE debut like Jade Cargill, a return like Naomi and then there was Jordynne Grace, who is the TNA Knockouts Champion.
It’s important to note that WWE didn’t need to put Jordynne Grace in the Women’s Royal Rumble. They have more than enough women on the main roster as well as NXT, but it was just something different to do.
In the 2022 Royal Rumble, Mickie James was in the Women’s Royal Rumble even though she worked for TNA at the time. In that instance, WWE promoted Mickie in the match while Grace was a surprise. There is also a big difference in the sense that Grace has never been in WWE while Mickie is a six-time Women’s Champion in WWE and a future Hall of Famer, so the fans know her well.
When a wrestler from one promotion appears in another, the term “Forbidden Door” has been used in other places. All Elite Wrestling has even done a PPV two years in a row with New Japan that’s called Forbidden Door.
While plenty of people might like the term Forbidden Door in pro wrestling, it appears as though WWE’s Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque is not a fan of the term.
Triple H Thinks It’s Silly To Use Terms Like “Forbidden Door”
During the post-WWE Royal Rumble press conference, Triple H spoke about Jordynne Grace’s involvement in the match while dismissing the “forbidden door” term although he didn’t say the term when he was talking about it.
“It’s exciting to just be able to branch out. I’m not gonna use all the cliched terms about what door people go through or anything like that because it’s stupid and silly.”
Also during the press conference, Triple H dodged questions about his controversial father-in-law Vince McMahon while saying he wanted to focus on the positives of WWE business instead. That did not endear Triple H to some wrestling fans, who felt like he should have said more about the allegations levied against McMahon.