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Randy Orton Details Emotional Interaction With Triple H At WrestleMania

Randy Orton & Triple H

Randy Orton has lifted the lid on his emotional meeting with Triple H during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania weekend.

The careers of Randy Orton and Triple H have been intertwined for the best part of two decades, as the pair have teamed up and gone to war on numerous occasions.

It was a relationship that began back in early 2003, where a young Randy Orton became aligned with Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista. The group would eventually become known as Evolution.

Over time the stable became one of the most famous and dominant factions in WWE history. On television, the group’s dynamic saw Flair and Triple H act as guiding forces for both Orton and Batista. Something which was mirrored backstage.

Although Orton later left the group and he and Triple H entered a heated feud inside the ring, their relationship went from strength to strength outside it.

Just prior to WrestleMania 38, Triple H announced his retirement from in-ring competition following a serious health scare in 2021. Speaking during an appearance on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin, Orton described bumping into The Game at the recent Hall of Fame ceremony in what was an emotional moment for both men.

“I got to see Triple H last night and I hugged that grown man as hard as I could, and I got emotional just because of this announcement last week,” Orton said. “We had just a few words between one another, but you don’t have forever. This is a really special close-knit group of guys and girls and this is where it’s at. To us, this is everything and you never know when it’s going to be taken away from you.

“All of that really makes me appreciate the now more, and Riddle being one of those as well. I obviously didn’t like him too much in the beginning, that was very real, but I love the guy now and he’s great and he’s definitely motivated me to give it a little more effort. He’s making it more fun for me too.”

During another interview, Orton praised the WWE Hall of Famer for helping launch his career and become the Superstar that he is today.

On night two of WrestleMania 38, Triple H came to the ring to open the show. The former World Champion ran through his iconic entrance before leaving his boots in the ring, to signal the end of his career. While the first match on the card that night saw RK-Bro retain their Raw Tag Team Titles with victory over the Street Profits and Alpha Academy.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.