“The Older You Get, the Harder It Gets”- Triple H Reflects on a Dream Match With AJ Styles in WWE

Published 04/04/2021, 11:35 AM EDT


Triple H has not been in the ring for a while, and it seems that his Wrestling days are behind him. The last time we did see him in the ring was against Randy Orton on Raw in January this year, and that was a one-off. 

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AJ Styles expressed his desire to fight ‘The Game’ at the grandest stage earlier and ‘pestered’ him for the fight. In a recent media call with Wrestle Zone, Triple H explained why that match isn’t on the cards, at least for now. 

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 01: Triple H attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

“I’ve said this before, but getting ready for WrestleMania is a different thing, and the older you get, the harder it gets. Doing this once a year or once every couple of years, especially now, is not an easy task,” he explained. “You try to stay in the best shape you can, but that’s not ‘WrestleMania shape’ and it’s a different thing.”

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The 14-time World Champion can’t seem to make space in his schedule to train for WrestleMania. He did reveal that AJ Styles often asked him if he was ready yet (jokingly), but the answer was never what he wanted to hear.

Triple H celebrates his victory at Wrestlemania X8 (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)

“I wish I had the bandwidth to do it, and I’m not saying I won’t be able to do it in the coming year, if it’s right and everyone believes it should be done. I’m at the point where to me, the in-ring stuff is bonus,” joked Levesque. (h/t Wrestle Zone)

Triple H wants to have a farewell match before it’s too late

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Triple H also highlighted how Ric Flair constantly pushed him to get back in the ring for a final match, to end his career on a high note. He agreed with this thought since he wouldn’t want to embarrassingly go out after a mediocre performance at an older age.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 03: Triple H and Undertaker battle during their WWE No Holds Barred Match at ‘WrestleMania 27’ at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

“There’s a part of me that wants to do it, and then there’s just a bigger part of me that says, ‘I’m so busy 24/7, that to even try and contemplate how to train in the way I would want to train and get in shape,” said Levesque.

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Time is Triple H’s biggest problem right now. His hectic schedule as the head runner of NXT as well as his key role in Raw has kept him away from the ring. If he is to get ready for a high-stakes, high-expectations match such as this one, he would have to drop nearly everything else. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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