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Triple H provides explanation as to why he defeated Sting at Wrestlemania

Sting finally came to WWE back in 2014 and he was locked in a feud with Triple H that culminated in a match at Wrestlemania 31. Sting would end up losing the match and this decision was questioned by fans and met with criticism.

Sting took far too long to sign with WWE. When he did, he lost his only Wrestlemania match against Triple H in what was described as a mess of a match with DX and nWo getting involved in the fray. According to Triple H, the match was booked in this way in order to set up another match in the future.

During the WWE Untold documentary about Sting, Triple H explained that he was actually going to face off against The Rock at WrestleMania 32. Him beating Sting would get him over and he would prepare to face The Rock at the following year’s Wrestlemania. However, that did not end up happening due to The Rock’s Hollywood career.

“And then the next one he [Sting] threw out I think was me and so, at that point [it] was me going back to Vince and saying, ‘Do we wanna make this happen?’ And Vince was all for it and we were able to make a deal. Part of the impetus with the way things turned out with the Sting thing is because I was already booked to work with The Rock at the following year’s WrestleMania and we’ll build it for more than a year. That was the intent, belief, everything else. Just as time went on, Rock’s schedule changed later in the year and we weren’t able to do the match for the following year’s WrestleMania one-on-one against The Rock.”

“You know there are people who’ll say, ‘Well…’, I should’ve put him over to give him the moment and that’s arguably — to say that you should’ve… The Rock situation made that impossible, which didn’t happen, but that’s the truth of it. Are there things that could’ve been done differently? I don’t know that it took away from anything.”

Due to the match no longer happening, Triple H’s match against Sting remains as the only time the two squared off in the ring and that will most likely never change.

h/t to Fightful for the transcription.


  • david young

    Sting should have came in and build a year long run to Wrestlemania 32 with the Undertaker. I would have had Sting start a program with Taker at Royal Rumble, costing him the rumble match. Sting would then return for Summerslam to defeat Undertaker. The two would have a second match at Survivor Series with Sting going 2-0 against the Dead Man. Taker would go away with Sting then going for the WWE Title at Royal Rumble. Taker would cost Sting the match and the two would have settled things in a retirement match at Wrestlemania 32 with Taker getting the win.

  • Soulshroude

    Serious cop-out. HHH knows that’s not the truth. Let’s hear it from Stings perspective. That he was ultimately used.

  • Rinn13

    “How come you didn’t put over the only major WCW legend that had never worked for WWE in his LONE Wrestlemania match?”

    “Ego”.

    Honestly, it should have been Taker vs. Sting, Time Limit Draw or something, at WM30, and then Taker should have retired. That way would have gotten Taker vs. Sting, and then he never would have lost to Lesnar (or Reigns).

  • oppa

    He beat Sting because the narrative that HHH and Stephanie tried to make 20 years ago was that HHH was the greatest wrestler of all time due to him beating everyone. If you take an honest look at WWE, that time period is when WWE ratings and attendance started going downhill.

  • CC

    Beating Sting would get him over so he could face The Rock a year later?
    At which point did HHH need to “get over” that late in his career? And why would beating Sting lead to a match with The Rock? Surely if they wanted HHH to face The Rock at the next WM they could just book it, pretty much like they always do, with out any actual reason. I just do not get the connection between Sting and The Rock.