WWE Legend Triple H 'Really Excited' For WrestleMania 35 Match With Batista
WWE legend Triple H has admitted being asked to be the likely final opponent for Batista is an opportunity that excites him.
'The King Of Kings' will be involved in a No Holds Barred match with 'The Animal' at Wrestlemania 35, in what is likely to be 'The Avengers' stars last match.
The duo have a storied history, with their involvement in 'Evolution', alongside Randy Orton and Ric Flair, spawning a feud which culminated in the pair main eventing Wrestlemania 21.
When asked about what will be special about this encounter, HHH touched on the history that the pair have.
"It's an opportunity for Dave to finish out the way he wanted to finish his career, and has he's gone on to be a movie star and I've done my big things I think it was important for him to have closure, come back and have that one more moment," Triple H said on a conference call.
"It's something that he's wanted to do for a few years, he's really excited to do it and I'm really excited that he asked me to do it along with him."
Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Triple H, real name Paul Levesque discussed the success of the NXT UK brand which held its first Takeover event in January of this year at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool.
'The Game' also revealed that an anticipated second event in the UK is on the cards and that an announcement could be soon.
"There will be announcements coming on that shortly, I don't want to step on my own other announcements but we will be making some announcements in the future about that specific brand."
Despite NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne putting his championship on the line against Austrian powerhouse Walter at NXT Takeover: New York on April 5, the former WWE Champion expressed his wishes to be able to show off the UK talent as much as possible.
"I wish I could give them more exposure in this [Wrestlemania] weekend, but it's such a big weekend and these kinds of things need to be planned a year in advance but being in New York I wanted to showcase that UK brand and the Pete vs Walter match was the perfect opportunity to do that."
"Pete Dunne exemplifies that UK brand and has an unbelievable future and Walter, who is new to us, has made a big impact and I think that match could be something special."
However, it appears that the two could cross paths in the future in the UK, following Walter's debut back in January.
"It would have been an epic match for the UK, but that's doesn't mean it won't be if it's done over there, or whatever we do next won't be epic."
HHH also discussed the rest of the Takeover card, including the changes following an injury to Tommaso Ciampa.
It was reported on March 6 that the former NXT Champion would be forced to undergo neck surgery, with the NXT star relinquishing his title on March 20.
This forced a 'full-on creative shift' according to Levesque, as an NXT Championship match between Ciampa and his former tag team partner Johnny Gargano was to headline the show.
"I hate the fact that Johnny and Tommaso are not able to pay off what has been a very long emotional storyline ride for them, it is what it is and we will head in a different direction that feels honestly epic."
Ciampa's replacement in the championship bout is The Undisputed Era's Adam Cole, with the match also being two out of three falls.
The timing was especially cruel on Ciampa, as he and Gargano had recently begun appearing on Raw and Smackdown the month prior.
On that subject, Leveque explained the way NXT reacted to the injury.
"From an NXT standpoint, it was a full-on creative shift because we had to reboot some things, then we had a lot of ideas come from that."
"That involved a lot of things, from Gargano's main roster opportunity to NXT's opportunity amongst others, so we discussed that and came up with the direction that we did... What that is? You'll have to see."
When asked about Vince McMahon's involvement with the Gargano situation, HHH explained the discussion he has with the Chairman.
"It's not a conversation where I go you can't have him!"
"I think people get confused over this a little but none of this happens without Vince's sign off or approval in some manner, this is all one team and is all for the better of the product or the talent overall, there is a creative synergy between both."
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