Triple H throws water on WWE legend’s return at WrestleMania 39

Whereas it shouldn’t have been an excessive amount of of a shock that Paul “Triple H” Levesque didn’t e-book Dwayne Johnson to look on the 2023 Royal Rumble, because it was reported weeks out that the first-ballot WWE Corridor of Famer didn’t really feel he may get within the bodily form wanted to totally commit himself to the chance, followers nonetheless lamented his absence from the occasion nonetheless, as ever since WrestleMania 39 was introduced for Hollywood, a showdown between The Rock and Roman Reigns reigned supreme above all others.

Drew McIntyre ought to have crushed Reigns at Conflict on the Fort in entrance of 80,000 of his house nation followers? Doesn’t matter, Reigns-Rock I at WrestleMania 39. A shock KO from KO on the Royal Rumble, perhaps with a bit of assist from Sami Zayn? Once more, it might have been cool, however Reigns-Rock in a winner-takes-all showdown to resolve on the Undisputed WWE Common Championship and the true head of the desk.

Heck, why not go daring and permit Reigns to most important occasion each days of WrestleMania 39, with The Rock difficult unsuccessfully for the straps on Evening 1 after which the Royal Rumble winner, Cody Rhodes, securing the win on Evening 2? That will give Reigns his large win and permit his reign to come back to an finish by the point publish places of work open on Monday.

Sadly, that dream seems to be roughly useless, as none apart from Paul “Triple H” Levesque has thrown some chilly water on the prospects of The Rock showing at WrestleMania 39, both to mood expectations or to formally shut issues accomplished altogether.

Triple H shoots down The Rock’s return to WWE at WrestleMania 39.

Talking with the assembled media after the Royal Rumble, Levesque was requested about The Rock’s availability for WrestleMania 39, and sadly, the reply wasn’t what followers had been hoping to listen to.

“He’s extremely busy,” Levesque stated through F4w. “There’s part of him that if he may very well be right here for this WrestleMania in Hollywood, he would flip over each stone and stroll by way of hearth to have the ability to do it. I simply don’t assume it’s within the playing cards.”

That’s… lower than supreme. Whereas Levesque appeared equally dissatisfied to be sharing the information because the reporters in attendance seemed to be listening to it, the previous 14-time champion defined that, to him, it’s all in regards to the mutual respect the duo share.

“That respect issue each methods, he wouldn’t wish to do it until he may completely do it, you already know?” Levesque stated. “There’s no means he would present up right here and half-a** it, there’s no means he would present up right here and never are available and put each single factor into it to make it the most effective it may probably be. So until he may try this, it gained’t occur.”

“We at all times have conversations with him as a result of he loves it a lot, and we’d love for him to be a part of it. He’s the most important star in Hollywood, perhaps probably the most recognizable individual within the planet. That is his house. He has an open invitation. We don’t lock the door, however he’s extremely busy,” Levesque concluded. “However he is aware of the door’s open, and when he has the time to stroll by way of it he can are available and electrify everyone.”

Might this all be a piece? Might The Rock present up in Hollywood like he did at Tremendous Bowl 56 forward of the Los Angeles Rams’ showdown in opposition to Cincinnati Bengals at the exact same stadium, SoFi, even when he doesn’t in the end wrestle a match? Or perhaps there’s one thing larger in thoughts, and The Rock truly does make good on his long-fated match in opposition to Roman Reigns? Certain, something’s doable, however at this level, Levesque’s phrase ought to in all probability be taken as gospel, even when it isn’t what followers want to hear.

After actually years of buildup to WrestleMania Goes Hollywood, what with the present being moved again a full calendar yr because of the pandemic and a double-dip of reveals in Tampa Bay at WrestleMania 36 and 37, a generational Bloodline bout between the “Head of the Desk” and the OG “Most Electrifying Man in all of Leisure” simply doesn’t seem like within the playing cards, regardless of how a lot followers want for it to be the case. No, on this specific situation, the hive thoughts {of professional} wrestling followers seems to have collectively manifested a match that they had been much more dedicated to than WWE correct, suggesting that perhaps, simply perhaps, Vince McMahon didn’t have some grand grasp plan for the tip of Reigns’ title reign and the corporate actually was simply leaping from present to indicate with out a clear endpoint in thoughts.