‘The Game’ Triple H has admitted that the NXT Women’s Championship Match at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day ran short of its original allocated time.
On February 14, 2021, NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai put her coveted gold on the line against both Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez in a Triple Threat Match that seemed worryingly brief considering the amount of talent on show. Despite pinning Martinez with her patented Over the Moon-sault finisher, fans had already begun to speculate as to why the clash was cut short.
Now, Triple H has explained all during his NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day post-show media call, detailing why the trio went shorter than all other matches on the card:
“First of all, spectacular performance by all three. As far as the time goes, they had all the time they wanted. They had a window that was much bigger than that. I think bell-to-bell they went somewhere in the neighbourhood of twelve, thirteen, I don’t remember precisely, but I think that’s where they went to. They had what they wanted. I think it was laid out at twenty, you know, just as a window, but they had what they wanted. There were a few things in there that I know didn’t go exactly how they had planned it. I don’t necessarily mean mistakes on their part, but [the] table breaking, things happening beyond peoples control, that made them go in different directions.”
Noting the table mishap where the implement broke when it seemingly wasn’t meant to, Helmsley was asked how he reacted to the segment backstage and what he thought of how all three recovered:
“They’re pros, all three of them. They didn’t miss a beat. They went right on. You know, it’s a funny thing, that stuff happens. You’ve gotta be able to roll with the punches and they did it. They did it seamlessly. I thought it worked tremendously. I thought they had a great match. No matter what you do, things are never going to go exactly as you planned unless you’re extremely, extremely lucky, and even then, it’s why to me, the best performers are always the ones that can ad-lib and do things on the fly and just roll with stuff and react to it and be in the moment. That’s when it’s best. When things are just ABC all the way through, if something does go awry, for some of those people it can be really hard to adjust, and they did it seamlessly, so my hats off to them.”
With Io Shirai pinning Mercedes Martinez to retain her gold and extend her run as NXT Women’s Champion, the door now seems to be open for a singles outing between Storm and the champion which would be a rematch of the Final of the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
Credit for the interview: NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day Media Call