Bleacher Report recently caught up with Triple H for an extensive interview, one you should read in full (here). It closes with Jonathan Snowden outright asking "The Game" if he can pull off a classic match with Sting at WrestleMania 31 on Mar. 29, 2015, in Santa Clara, California.
His response is interesting, to say the least:
B/R: You touched on it a little—getting ready for your match at WrestleMania. We talked in depth about your last match with Daniel Bryan. It was a legitimate classic. This is different. I don't want to make too much of it, but you and Sting are a combined 100 years old. Can you pull this off?
Triple H: I'm hoping that's the most depressing thing I hear all day. (Laughs)
B/R: Yeah, that was rough. I took the gloves off. (Laughs)
Triple H: Because that's pretty depressing. If I hear something worse than that, this day is going to be pretty s----y.
B/R: I'm the winner!
Triple H: You're the winner on the "Depress Me" meter. I'm in a grouping, with one other guy, that has the combined age of 100.
Listen, it's a lot of pressure. I haven't wrestled since last year. Sting hasn't wrestled in God knows how long. We were talking about how I'm getting up there—he's 10 years older than me.
I don't know what I've got. I don't know that he knows what he's got. So, we're going to see. I guarantee you this, though—we will leave it all out there. We're going to have 75,000 people giving us a lot of motivation to do it.
I know for him, this has kind of been a dream he thought was never going to happen. Both stepping into the WWE ring and going to WrestleMania. I'm glad that we could make it work out for him—and for the WWE Universe.
I think it's something our fans are really going to enjoy, no matter how it goes physically, just being there and sharing that moment. Witnessing Sting at WrestleMania is huge for them.
WWE is counting on this match to help sell an event that could feature a dud of a main event that may not get over with the crowd no matter what they do. To have Triple H admit he's unsure of what he has while also noting he's unsure of what Sting has is rather odd.
The honesty sure is refreshing, though.
Maybe Sting, at his age and with the wear and tear on his body after such a long career in pro wrestling, is no longer capable of a classic match. But if he is, there may be no better opponent to get it out of him than Triple H. It's clear they're banking on the idea that this just might be Sting's one and only appearance at WrestleMania. This is his big moment, and there's no way in hell he won't want to make the most of it.
Then again, Starrcade 1997.
If nothing else this match is intriguing if only because no one, not even the wrestlers themselves, can be sure of what we're going to get out of it.
We'll just have to tune in and see, won't we?