"The Game" is back. Triple H returned to the WWE at the Feb. 25 episode of Monday Night Raw as the Road to WrestleMania begins to heat up.
In his dramatic return, he made Brock Lesnar bleed profusely as he shook off the rust in a hurry.
Triple H never really left the company, of course. He holds a prominent role backstage, but WWE fans were unsure if they would see him wrestle again. His return prompted the type of reaction you would expect for a superstar with his track record.
The six-time WWE champion was embroiled in two terrific feuds last year. First with the Undertaker and then with Lesnar.
He attempted to end Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania for the second straight year and third time overall. The storyline also included Shawn Michaels, who worked as the special guest referee for the match.
Any time there are three legends of that caliber getting involved in a storyline, it helps attract a massive audience. The casual fans, who might have tuned out for awhile, are pulled back in. And that's why Triple H is back again.
Undertaker went on to win the match, moving his WrestleMania record to 20-0.
Triple H returned about a month later to begin feuding with Lesnar for SummerSlam. Although it resulted in another loss for the "Cerebral Assassin," it was clear he can still hold his own in the ring despite not being full time anymore.
How would you categorize Triple H's return?
He proceeded to cut a long and winding promo on Raw that almost made it sound like he was calling it quits, at least in terms of his in-ring career, but he stopped short of using the term retirement. Now the WWE Universe knows why.
The company wants WrestleMania to be bigger than ever. With The Rock back as WWE champion, the return of Chris Jericho and Triple H back in the fold, it safe to assume the fans of years past will be tuning in to see all the big names back in action.
People can complain all they want about part-time wrestlers taking the WrestleMania spotlight away from superstars trying to break through, but the WWE is a business and bringing back top talents from the past is good business.
Triple H will prove that in the coming weeks.