Triple H told an interesting story when talking with ESPN to promote WrestleMania 35. This is where he talked about the transition of not having a match at WrestleMania to having one of the top matches on the card.
Evolution, which is a group that consists of Triple H, Bautista, Randy Orton, and Ric Flair, reunited on WWE SmackDown 1000 back in October. This is where Batista and Triple H teased some tension between them.
At the time, there was speculation that this segment was done in order to set up a match between the two future WWE Hall of Famers at WrestleMania. That match was in question after Triple H suffered a pectoral injury at the Crown Jewel event in November.
“I went from a month ago thinking, ‘Oh, this is great — I’m going to have an easy year this year, I just go watch the Hall of Fame and then I get to work behind the scenes at [Wrestle]Manias,” he said. “It will be easy. Then, Vince tells me I’m in the Hall of Fame … and then next thing [I know], I’m working at WrestleMania. So I got busy quick.”
It turns out that due to that injury, Triple H didn’t have a match planned for WrestleMania. However, that changed when WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon asked him to wrestle Batista at the show back in February.
“So I didn’t feel that way — Vince came to me and told me, ‘I need you to be in WrestleMania this year,'” Triple H said, recalling a conversation from February. “And I was like, ‘Really? Because I haven’t been cleared to train yet even — I don’t know that I’m going to make that.’ Batista and I had this conversation a while ago about trying to do this … then I had to call him and go, ‘Dude, I tore my pec and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ll see.’ To this day, I’m still … I’m going to get in the ring next Sunday, and you and I will both find out at the same time whether my pec will hold on.
“I got cleared up to perform, and my training is good and I feel good. But until you get in there, lifting dumbbells and getting hit by Batista are two totally different things. So I’ll see how it goes, but I feel good and I’m excited to get in there. And at this point in my career, I don’t ever want to make it sound like it’s not as big as it is, but at this point in my career, it’s all gravy.”