Triple H is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars in the modern era of WWE. Having started his wrestling career in the early 90s, The Game has been able to carve out a prominent place within the Stamford-based company. With advancing age and physical ailments, the former heavyweight champion has significantly reduced his appearances in the ring, although he has not yet formally retired from the scene.
In recent years, HHH has played an important backstage role alongside Vince McMahon, as well as making a significant contribution to NXT's rise. Former WWE superstar Andrade, a victim of the wave of pandemic-related releases, recently signed a deal with All Elite Wrestling.
During an interview with 'Lucha Libre Online', the Mexican-born athlete admitted that he always wanted to face the 14-time world champion.
WWE signed Andrade in 2015
“I would have loved to have fought Triple H in WWE.
It would have been an honor to be able to face him in a one-on-one match, but unfortunately, this dream did not materialize. Things didn't go the right way, in fact, he will always remain one of my biggest regrets” - said Andrade.
Over the past few months, WWE has had to make massive cuts in its staff, eventually releasing over 40 superstars. Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Mickie James and The IIconics, just to name the most illustrious names. Asked by the New York Post, Triple H explained how WWE had no other choice at such a time.
"In the context of an almost unprecedented situation, all companies have been forced to make difficult decisions and we are no different. It is part of our job and it happens regularly, all companies have to do it. It is not the most pleasant part of our job, but it is what we have to do” - he declared.
The Game's last appearance in the ring dates back to early 2021 when he intervened in an episode of Monday Night Raw. WWE signed Andrade in 2015, and from the get-go, the highly-rated wrestler was expected to be the company's next big Hispanic star.
The promotion's intentions to make Andrade a massive name became evident when El Idolo was given an NXT Championship reign. To WWE's credit, the company did a solid job of building up the alliance between Andrade and Zelina Vega in the black and gold brand.
However, they failed to replicate the magic on the main roster. Andrade received his call-up in 2018 along with Zelina Vega, and the duo showed a lot of promise during the early days.