Triple H is currently the COO of WWE and he is also a veteran in the world of professional wrestling, having competed in several great matches and countless memorable moments during his time as an active in-ring competitor in the company.
AEW President Tony Khan announced on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite that he has purchased Ring Of Honor, which will no doubt give him access to Ring Of Honor’s entire library and rich history and also their talent. At one time, Triple H also wanted to purchase Ring Of Honor from what it seems.
Back in 2018 Triple H was still in charge of NXT and developing the brand in a way that fit his vision of what a pro wrestling brand should be like. For a very long time, Triple H’s vision bore fruit as NXT put on incredible matches and events for several years, often outclassing anything put out by the main roster in WWE.
According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, it was revealed that Triple H even pitched to Vince McMahon about purchasing Ring Of Honor back in 2018. Vince McMahon himself had very lofty ambitions as well but none of it came to fruition as fans are aware by now.
“I think this would be, I’m going to say, 2018. The early part of the year. WWE made a pitch. Paul Levesque wanted to buy Ring of Honor and there was some smoke to that, even though Ring of Honor denied it at the time because you always do. But there was something there. There were talks there and they ended up going nowhere.
From what I gather, Vince wanted to buy somebody bigger, not realizing that the ‘bigger’ which was New Japan Pro Wrestling, he couldn’t buy. WWE tried to buy New Japan. They tried to buy Stardom. They tried to buy NOAH. They tried to buy AAA. Nobody would sell to them from foreign countries for the price that they were willing to pay, so none of these deals ever got going, but this is one that was in play, and you know, whatever.
They were not willing to sell then. But now, Sinclair, again, the regional sports network deals were such a big loser when Sinclair bought them from Fox. So now, they can’t keep on… They could, but they didn’t want to keep on a company that was not making them money, so that’s what led to all this.”
h/t to Ringside News for the transcription