Triple H: Why the Game's Last Match Will Be at WrestleMania 29
When WrestleMania 29 comes to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Triple H will be drawn in by the glamour of the event and want to end his WWE career in style.
Triple H has in-ring business to do before he dons a business suit for the rest of his career.
WWE's chief operating officer and Vince McMahon's son-in-law spends far more time outside of the ring than inside it these days. He now sports a shorter haircut, most likely a sign of his transition into his new, more corporate life.
Pro wrestlers often hang on well into their 60s. Triple H's situation is a unique one, though.
If Tito Santana, for example, were married to the owner of the WWE's daughter, in position to inherit the biggest sports entertainment company in the world, he'd be less inclined to do independent shows for a few bucks here and there.
Triple H isn't going to need to make the wrestling convention circuit or wrestle in a high school gym after he's eligible for Social Security.
While he does have his second career lined up, he doesn't appear quite ready to hang up his boots. On the Raw following his loss to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2012, Triple H made a non-committal farewell speech that left the door open for a return.
He thanked the crowd and told it, "Hopefully, in some way, you'll never forget me."
There were tears. There was emotion. The word "retirement" was never used.
In an interview with the New York Post, Triple H corrected writer Anthony Sulla-Heffinger by saying he's not yet a "former" superstar. That fact should be clearer once the Road to WrestleMania picks up.
Triple H said in that same interview, "I'm sure as we get closer to the event I'm going to get very excited about maybe throwing the trunks back on and getting back in there for WrestleMania."
With all the stars that congregate for the biggest pay-per-view of the year, Triple H will have no trouble finding a worthy opponent to clash with for a final battle. There isn't a better place to bow out than WrestleMania.
Over the years, The Grandest Stage of Them All has become the place for legends to sing their swan songs.
Ric Flair lost a career-threatening match to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. Shawn Michaels in turn ended his career two years later when he lost to The Undertaker.
At some point, WrestleMania will likely be the place where we see Undertaker perform for the last time.
This year, it's Triple H's turn.
WrestleMania 29 is a return home to WWE's New York-area roots. It is the perfect chance for Triple H to go out big.
A SummerSlam loss isn't a befitting exit for The Cerebral Assassin; The Showcase of the Immortals is.
When all the pieces begin to align for the newest WrestleMania, when The Rock and Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, John Cena and The Undertaker's matches all begin to take shape, Triple H will want to find a spot for himself.
Before he completes the journey from wrestler to businessman, WrestleMania 29 offers him the perfect sendoff.
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