Despite the match itself being poorly received, Triple H's main event entrance at WrestleMania 32 was a memorable highlight of the evening. After being introduced by a Stephanie McMahon speech for the ages, Triple H was followed to the ring by 14 skeleton warriors, representing his 14 world title reigns.
Many suspected that the people under the skull masks were likely NXT talent, given Triple H is the creative guiding force behind WWE's beloved sister promotion. According to Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet, those guesses were completely correct. The cadre of skeletons were comprised of NXT Superstars and referees -- including the NXT Champion.
The full list of performers, courtesy of Pro Wrestling Sheet:
- Hideo Itami
- The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
- Chad Gable
- Simon Gotch
- Christopher Girard
- Blake and Murphy
- Enzo Amore
- Elias Samson
- Finn Bálor
- NXT Referees Drake Wuertz, Shawn Bennett and Danilo Anfibio
It's incredible to think how many of those names might actually be on the card for WrestleMania 33 next year. Just like CM Punk helping with John Cena's entrance and Sasha Banks and Charlotte flanking Triple H in years past, we may have unwittingly witnessed some key first "WrestleMania moments" from the NXT crew.