After an impressive outing in a Boneyard Match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 36, AJ Styles quickly set his sights on going toe to toe with another veteran, Triple H.
However, as we stand in the thick of WrestleMania season, AJ Styles will be teaming with Omos to take on
The New Day for the Raw Tag Team Titles, and there is no sign of Triple H being about to make a return to the ring.
Speaking on a media call ahead of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, WWE’s Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development, explained why the proposed match against Styles, hasn’t come to pass.
Answering a question put to him by talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, about Styles previously saying he would pester Triple H for a match, The Game confirmed that Styles was good to his word.
“He did. He pestered with me every time I saw him. Yeah, he would ask me about it, and ask me about my schedule. And you know, it’s funny, as we got closer this… I mean, I’ve said it before, getting ready for wrestling is a different thing, and the older you get, the harder it gets. Doing this once a year, once every couple of years, especially now, is not an easy task. And, you know, you try to stay in the best shape you can, but that’s not WrestleMania shape, and it’s a different thing.”
Triple H continued saying that while there’s nothing more he’d love to do, he simply doesn’t have the space in his schedule right now.
“So when he very first came to me, I said, “Man, maybe I’m not going to tell you no, to be honest with you personally, I’d love to work with you. And, you know, at this point, you could carry me to something.” So, you know, I’d love it. And the personal side of it, the athlete side of it, the performer side of it would love nothing more. The reality of it is I am not going to have the bandwidth or the availability schedule wise to be able to pull that off. And then he would come to me like every week or every other week when I would see him and say, “how’s that bandwidth coming? You know, you’re going to be able to make this happen.” And I would say it’s not going to happen, you know, because I’m flattered by that and I really am and humbled by it. But I wish, I wish I had the bandwidth to do it.”
The 14-time WWE Champion also detailed how long-time friend Ric Flair has also been pushing him to get back in the ring for one more match,
“I’m not saying I won’t do it in the coming year, if it’s right, and everybody believes that it’s what should be done. I’m at a point where to me the in-ring stuff is a bonus. You know, it’s funny, Flair calls me, all the time to tell me, “You’ve got to get back in the ring, you’ve got to go to WrestleMania, you have to have that closure, you have to do this, you know, whatever retirement match or do all that stuff.”
And it is a part of me that wants to do it, and it’s just a part of me. And it’s a bigger part right now, because it shows that I am so busy 24/7 that you try to even contemplate having to train in the way I would want to train and get in shape, and by in shape I don’t mean look. I mean in shape ring wise, so you don’t embarrass yourself when you get in there at 52. You know, it’s a lot of work. And I don’t have that. I’m not afraid of the work. If I could make more hours in the day, I could find time to do it. It’s just it’s just the time, you know.”
Triple H’s last televised match was a clash with Randy Orton on the January 11th edition of RAW that ended in a no contest following interference from Alexa Bliss. Before that, his last full match was again against Randy Orton, at WWE Super Showdown in June 2019.
Elsewhere on the call, Triple H reaffirmed to Inside The Ropes’ Gary Cassidy, that WWE was open to working with other promotions around the world.
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