Triple H was the guest on Ariel Helwani’s ESPN MMA show to talk about WrestleMania and everything WWE has been doing at the Performance Center in recent weeks in an effort to keep shows going for fans. Helwani asked him how close WWE was to canceling WrestleMania.
“It’s really hard to answer that,” Triple H said. “I think like everybody, we were sort of kind of going through the minute by minute of what was happening. It’s amazing how quickly all of this happened. On Wednesday the 11th we were doing an event at the Performance Center in Orlando that actually had fans. I had mentioned to Vince the day before [and I said] ‘maybe we should leave some of this stuff up just in case [because] it just seems like things are going in a weird direction very quickly. Within a 24 hour period after that, everything was shutting down. Like everything, we’re playing it by ear.”
He said that they are able to put on shows in the safest way possible and he feels like WWE is obligated to continue with shows.
He said, “We feel like it’s an obligation for us. Our fans have been there for us for years and years and years and we wanna be there for them. In this time where everybody is just doing their best to get through this and kind of stuck home and the world needs entertainment right now. We feel sort of an obligation to give them that.”
He said they will do their best to make WrestleMania a spectacle and he hopes WWE can put smiles on faces. He acknowledged that they would be in a difficult situation without the Performance Center.
Helwani asked Triple H his thoughts on the critics who say they should not be running shows right now. Triple H believes WWE is an essential service for fans and he compared the shows to the Rocky movies because WWE’s content is evergreen so they are able to provide older shows to networks like ESPN to fill timeslots. He said they are working with government officials and wrestlers are being screened. He also noted that anyone who is uncomfortable is free not to work and they are keeping people as separated as possible.
Helwani was asked about Roman Reigns pulling out of the show while WWE continues with their storylines as if he is still on the show.
Triple H said, “It’s a funny thing. I think you can watch our business in multiple different ways and one of them is the storyline aspect of it. Another way is the online component of it and the reality of it behind it. Roman has his situation and his reasons for doing the things that he’s doing. I will say from our standpoint and the storyline standpoint, it’s going to play out in a unique manner and we want it to play out that way.”
He added, “I don’t want to give away the ending of the movie before the movie takes place. So I just think everybody just has to watch and kind of see how this unfolds but it will unfold in a unique way and I think it will be meaningful. There will always be critics and we’re doing the best we can. It’s our company mission to put smiles on people’s faces. That’s what we’re trying to do in this time when people need to have those smiles. It might not be the perfect product but it is the product and it is what it is now and we’re trying to put those smiles on faces. It’s done with the best of intent.”
WrestleMania is this weekend so it looks like Reigns pulling out of the show will be addressed this Friday night on SmackDown.