• A Major Match Failed To Happen At WrestleMania On 2 Occasions
The Rock vs. Triple H is one of the greatest rivalries of all time, but they never had a one-on-one match at WrestleMania.
However, there were plans for them to do a singles match at WrestleMania on two occasions – WrestleMania 16 (2000) and WrestleMania 32 (2016), but things just didn’t work out.
Below is what Triple H had to say about it on SPORTbible Stories:
“The Rock and I is an interesting thing because I come in a little bit before he does as a talent, and I’m Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He comes in as Rocky Maivia. We wrestle over the Intercontinental Title.
He becomes The Rock, goes with the Nation of Domination. I transform to Triple H, like we’re coming out of these characters, transform to Triple H, DX is formed.
We have rivalries over that, so over the Intercontinental Title, then we get into these groups and it’s sort of DX versus The Nation. He and I are battling over the Intercontinental Championship again, and he full-blown becomes The Rock, leaves The Nation. I become Triple H, leave DX.
We battle over the WWF Championship. Our careers sort of in a way marry each other and are intertwined with each other along the way.
We never sort of had that defining WrestleMania moment. A few years ago, we teased he and I wrestling one more time, and it was on that, he came to me and was like, ‘Hey dude, I got one more in me. I wanna do it with you. I want you and I to have that WrestleMania sort of moment, and let’s do it at WrestleMania.
It turned out that it was for the following year, so we had done this video for it, and we’re ready to go with it, and somewhere along the time of that year, his movie career sort of changed and he was like, ‘Ah man, I’m not gonna be able to do this. The timing just doesn’t work out right, and I can’t pass up this other opportunity. No problem. But that’s really where we were headed.
So our careers, sort of up until he left for Hollywood, there was this crazy moment, or crazy moments through all of it where it mirrored each other, during that period of time when Austin left.
It really sort of becomes, in a lot of ways, you still have Taker, you have Mick Foley, you have a lot of players, but it becomes at a high level about me and Rock in a lot of ways.
Then Austin returns, it’s why he didn’t, in 2000, we had a WrestleMania, it was a Fatal Four-Way with a McMahon in each corner and all that. It was originally supposed to be Rock and I in the Iron Man match that we did I think at [Judgment Day].
They postponed that to Backlash because Austin wasn’t ready to return yet, so we sort of pushed the match out a month, which he and I fought hard against, but it was like, it’s better for business overall if [we do] this, and get past WrestleMania to get to that.
But that sort of would have been the culmination of my rivalry with him and him with me, and it’s sort of something we sort of missed out on.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (September 26, 1993) – WWF All American Wrestling
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF All American Wrestling’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1993’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
Scott Steiner vs. Quebecer Pierre & post-match interview (Raw 9/20/93)
The Undertaker/Yokozuna staredown interview (Superstars 9/25/93)
The Undertaker vs. Steve Moore (Challenge 9/26/93)
The King’s Court: Doink The Clown (Challenge 9/26/93)