Triple H was apparently set to put over a major young star at WrestleMania 38.
Rewind to September 2021, Triple H suffered a major cardiac event which caused him a wide array of heart issues, which included a length recovery. However, prior to the health issues, ‘The Game’ was gearing up to put over NCAA Champion and Olympic gold medalist, Gable Steveson, this past April at WrestleMania 38.
The future WWE Hall of Famer laid out the proposed creative plans for he and Steveson when speaking with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani:
“There was a plan for me to do something at WrestleMania, I was going to do something with Gable Steveson and try to get him launched and get going. But when they told me [I can’t wrestle], I was like OK. I think that Steph[anie McMahon] took it way harder than I did and was like, ‘How is this not bothering you?’ I went [shrugs shoulders]. The wheels fell off, the wheels fell off, like they tell you, I’m done, I’m good.
I did everything that I wanted to do and then some. It’s not about that for me, it never has been. I have a creative outlet, if the business is the adrenaline rush and this magic of why you do this, those moments, I was getting all of these moments with these other people. The difference to me in the business when I was wrestling, when I was an in-ring performer, is like saying the success you have is something that you are very proud of, you love what you do.
But as your kids get older and you watch the things that they love to do and succeed at, your level of pride for them will be almost more rewarding as what your career was for you. I feel that for the time that I was doing it in NXT and how I will feel on Saturday.”
Steveson did end up getting involved at WrestleMania 38, but instead during the post-match interaction between the Street Profits, Alpha Academy, and RK-Bro during night two of the event. However, Steveson hasn’t appeared on WWE programming since ‘The Showcase of Immortals’.
As for Triple H himself, he and the company are set to host their first major premium live event in the UK in over thirty years when Clash At The Castle takes place on Saturday, September 3 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. TJR’s official preview for Clash At The Castle can be found by clicking here.
(h/t to InsideTheRopes for the transcription)