WWE Superstar and EVP of Global Talent Strategy & Development Triple H appeared on Corey Graves’ After The Bell podcast this week. The Cerebral Assassin would discuss a plethora of topics from his illustrious 25 year career. Most notably, he would talk about the logistical issues surrounding this year’s WrestleMania event, and specifically, how he filmed the ‘Boneyard’ match between AJ Styles and The Undertaker.
“‘Mania was taking place, prior, to WrestleMania at that point in time” Triple H began. “A lot of things were taking place at the same time. So when we got done shooting NXT television? I then went to events and was like, I feel like if there’s something that I can take and run with it? That would probably be the most helpful. Because everybody’s gonna be running in different directions and ‘what do you think needs the most for me to look at’? I guess is a way of saying it and Vince [McMahon] was like ‘the boneyard match.'”
Triple H would then discuss how McMahon actually had “no idea” what a Boneyard match would even be. “I was like ‘okay great so what is the boneyard match?’ He’s [Vince] like, ‘I don’t know.’ He was like ‘a graveyard, it’s in a graveyard’ and I said ‘okay.’ As we go I said ‘what do you want it to be?’ and he’s like, ‘I don’t know, just make it good.’
‘The Game’ would finish by discussing how he only had one camera when they began the shoot; with Vince McMahon giving the green light for more resource to be issued to them on location. “I then went to Vince and was like, you know I pitched him the concept and the idea and he’s like ‘I love that, that sounds awesome.’ Then I said ‘well problem is right now I have one camera’ he’s like ‘you can’t do it with one camera!?’ And I’m like ‘I KNOW.” Triple H’s solution would be to use the NXT digital team, including Jeremy Borash to create the cinematic feel of the match.
The ‘Boneyard’ Match was arguably one of the most original and unique main events in WrestleMania history. With the seemingly universal praise for the concept, it is likely that we may see more of this in future from WWE. Potentially, even for Undertaker matches going forward.