Triple H saw several levels of his past catch up to him in a busy appearance on Raw Monday night.
He first rushed to defend his wife and Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon after Raw general manager Mick Foley tried to fire her. The Game would tell Foley to tuck his tail between his legs and go away, or he would take away jobs from Foley's children.
This resulted in a Mr. Socko to Triple H, via WWE:
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
IT'S MR. SOCKO!!!!! @RealMickFoley brought some "back up" to @WWE #RAW!! @TripleH @StephMcMahon https://t.co/reDQZlSrNY2017-3-14 03:09:21
Seth Rollins then used this tense moment to show up, dropping his crutches and getting several shots in on Triple H in a back and forth brawl. However, ultimately The Game got the better of Rollins in the end.
WWE captured the kneebar that did in Rollins:
.@WWERollins is WRITHING in PAIN, as @TripleH locks in the Kneebar to #TheMan! #RAW https://t.co/OaSzfzvwom2017-3-14 03:17:47
After Raw went off air, WWE shared footage of a hobbled Rollins trying to exit the arena:
Prior to Triple H's appearance on Raw, one of his last big moments came when he screwed Rollins out of the Universal Championship on the Aug. 29 episode of Raw.
Finn Balor had vacated the universal title due to injury, which set the stage for an elimination Fatal 4-Way between Rollins, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Big Cass to determine the new champ.
After hitting Reigns with a Pedigree, The King of Kings seemed poised to do the same to Owens and hand the championship to Rollins on a silver platter, but Triple H instead turned on his former protege and solidified KO as the new universal titleholder.
Rollins continued his pursuit of the Universal Championship after that but kept Triple H's betrayal in the back of his mind.
He eventually called out The Cerebral Assassin, but Triple H was nowhere to be found until he played mind games with The Architect on the go-home episode of Raw prior to the Royal Rumble.
McMahon put Rollins in a match against Sami Zayn with a spot in the Rumble match hanging in the balance.
While Triple H didn't appear, his music played during the bout, which distracted Rollins and resulted in him getting rolled up by Zayn to lose his place in the Royal Rumble.
That reignited an already intense rivalry and caused Rollins to up the ante against his former mentor at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio the night before the Royal Rumble.
Rollins rushed to the ring and called out Triple H, but Triple H diffused the situation by sending security to escort Rollins out of the building.
The rivals finally came face-to-face on Raw the night following the Royal Rumble after The Game cut a scathing promo in which he blamed Rollins for injuring his knee and having to relinquish the WWE Championship, per WWE Universe on Twitter:
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
"I gave you the world, @WWERollins, and you SPIT IN MY FACE!" - @TripleH #RAW https://t.co/ed329HXWxG2017-1-31 04:03:18
Just when it looked like they were about to come to blows, Samoa Joe jumped Rollins and left him passed out in the middle of the ring following a Coquina Clutch.
It was revealed two days later that Rollins suffered an injury to his surgically repaired knee during the attack, and WWE released the following video of him leaving the arena on crutches:
BREAKING: @WWERollins' right knee was re-injured at the hands of @SamoaJoe this past Monday night on #RAW! More: https://t.co/8aYrlzUHSP https://t.co/VYxpVBoj3J2017-2-1 15:22:28
The ailment leaves Rollins' WrestleMania status up in the air, and he released the following statement in a series of tweets regarding his situation:
Wanted to take a second to thank everyone who has reached out to me over the last two days. Life doesn't always go your way, but that is no excuse to surrender. If anything, obstacles exist to help us grow and evolve. This re-injury to my surgically repaired knee is real and a lot is up in the air right now, but one thing remains constant: my resolve. This doesn't end for me until I've reclaimed the throne. And for me, fighting and defeating Triple H is the only way. I will work harder than I ever have and push myself beyond what I know. This isn't over. The only way to wear the crown is to slay the king. I know what must be done and there's nothing that can stop me.
All signs were pointing toward a highly anticipated clash between Rollins and Triple H at WrestleMania, and after a few uncertain weeks, it appears the match is back on.
The perfect story was in place, as Triple H initially handpicked Rollins from The Shield as the new face of the company and helped him become WWE champion.
Triple H turned his back on Rollins when he felt he no longer benefited his agenda, which left the vast majority of WWE fans wanting to see The King of Kings get his comeuppance.
Now with less than three weeks to go until The Show of Shows, it appears fans will be getting a Triple H vs. Rollins match after all.
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