In 2020, WrestleMania made history. Usually, performers dream of standing on the ‘Grandest Stage Of Them All’ with fans from all around the world packing out stadiums year after year. However, WrestleMania 36 was like no other as the event took place, for the first time ever, behind closed doors.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Triple H gave his opinion on last year’s event.Describing the fans as the “heartbeat” of a show, the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ admitted WrestleMania 36 lacked the excitement and energy of its predecessors:
“Our heartbeat is in the stands. We are so different from other sports. In some sports, you’re trying to tune out that noise, like turning off that exterior stimulus when you’re shooting free throws. For us, it’s all about their excitement. We’re the only sport where we’re engaging them to make more noise. It’s all about their participation.
It’s hard for me to think of last year’s show in the Performance Center as WrestleMania. Some spectacular moments happened, but that wasn’t the spectacle we were used to. Before last year, could you imagine doing a WrestleMania without fans? We do what we do because of our fan base. I’ll revel in the opportunity just to have some fans there. This year, we’ll make something as special as we can, as safely as possible.”
WWE recently announced that WrestleMania 37 will take place with fans in attendance. Over the course of two nights, with the company rumoured to host 30,000 fans each evening. Tickets are yet to be announced for the event in April, and Triple H explains this is to ensure WWE can host the safest event possible:
“For us, it’s all about the safety protocol. That’s why we haven’t been able to make ticket announcements or even share the capacity yet. The world is not the same as it was one year ago, and we’re trying to bring an event that is safe but also very special.”
Notably, Triple H holds the worst win/loss record in all of WrestleMania history. The “King of Kings’ has appeared at the spectacle 23 times, and has accrued 13 losses from those appearances.
Triple H was not featured during last year’s event. One Superstar who left an impression at the event was John Cena. Facing ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House Match, the bout was a highlight of the show. Rumours have been circulating recently regarding John Cena’s potential return at this years WrestleMania, and whilst Triple H did not confirm or deny, he hinted that we may see the ‘Doctor of Thuganomics’:
“I won’t put words in John’s mouth, but I can speak to his passion, and it’s WWE and WrestleMania. Once you do this at a high level, and John does it at the highest, it’s very hard to put down. If there is a way for him to be there, he will be there.”
WrestleMania 37 takes place April 10 and 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Credit for interview: Sports Illustrated