Triple H has had a legendary career as a WWE superstar, making a notable contribution as an executive as well (especially when it comes to creating and developing the NXT brand in recent years). 'The King of Kings' is without a doubt one of the most iconic characters of the modern era, although his appearances in the ring have become less and less frequent as time has passed.
The Game was recently a guest on 'The Bump', where he remembered his last 'stint' in 2016 when he made his return to the Royal Rumble and won the contest amidst general dismay.
Triple H on his full-time WWE return in 2016
“It wasn't something planned, which is why we were all surprised.
There was a time when - also due to injuries and the situation that had arisen in the company - I had become an athlete to be used in an emergency. Coming back in 2016 was one of the hardest moments of my entire career because it's not easy to catch up when you're not fighting for a full year or so.
At the same time, you need to express yourself at the highest level in such a context, trying not to disappoint either yourself or others. It was truly one of the most complicated challenges I have ever faced, the pressure was enormous ”- said Triple H.
Already in 2002 Triple H's career had been jeopardized by a serious injury. "There was a high probability that I would never be able to return to the ring. I remember that I made my return to Madison Square Garden in New York, the reaction of the public was crazy.
The challenge of returning to the Royal Rumble in 2016 has taken on an even deeper meaning. I wanted to prove to myself that I was still capable of doing it,” he concluded. Many are looking forward to the last match of the 14-time world champion before the final retirement.
WWE legend Jim Ross recently discussed Triple H's legacy in wrestling, on his podcast Grillin JR. Ross said that, in his opinion, Triple H's "best work" will be building NXT up from scratch and establishing it as the third brand in WWE: "I think over the long haul – matches come and go, and his entire body of work as a wrestler is very admirable to say the very least.
I think his legacy may be a little bit like mine. I'd rather my legacy be for the talent that I signed and the roster that I helped build more than my announcing. But because my announcing is out there and upfront and I have so much exposure as an announcer – Triple H had two or three cameos on the show and maybe one match – and Lawler and I were in every segment.
So, the announcing is always probably going to get that nod probably. I think my best work was building my roster. I think Triple H's best work, at the end of the day, will be building NXT as a third brand in a very crowded space within WWE."