Triple H vs. Seth Rollins: Analyzing Stipulation and What It Means for Match

Graham GSM Matthews@@WrestleRantFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2017

With an official contract signing set to take place this coming week on Raw, Triple H vs. Seth Rollins is all but confirmed for WrestleMania 33, and from what was teased last Monday night, they will wage war in an Unsanctioned Street Fight.

It is possible that this was the end game the WWE had in mind since the start, but it would seem that Rollins' unfortunate injury from late January caused WWE Creative to change plans. The WWE provided no exact timetable for an in-ring return, though a recent medical update indicated he wouldn't be cleared to compete in time for WrestleMania 33.

Despite that, all systems appear to be a go for the highly anticipated 'Mania match, and thankfully so. It has been among the best-built bouts on the card and will be one of the event's biggest marquee matches.

Not only will the match be taking place, the No Holds Barred stipulation should ensure it will be extraordinary. It is befitting of the feud following the months of bad blood these two have had toward one another.

With Pro Wrestling Sheet recently reporting that doctors are allowing Rollins to wrestle with restrictions, the Unsanctioned stipulation makes perfect sense: Rollins and HHH engaging in a brutal brawl at WrestleMania should lessen the chance of Rollins aggravating his injury.

Furthermore, a standard singles match between the ruthless rivals would be illogical at this point, especially considering everything HHH has done to ruin Rollins' life this past year. They should want to tear each other apart, and thus this match will give them the freedom to do so.

HHH has had an illustrious history with this type of matchup over the course of his career, including at SummerSlam 2002. It was a similar situation where he and Shawn Michaels were once allies but became mortal enemies when The Game turned his back on his best friend.

The match was nothing short of spectacular, which was extra impressive given it was Michaels' first bout back in nearly five years. There was a decent chance his seriously hurt back would give out, but instead, he put on the performance of a lifetime.

Likewise, there is no telling what Rollins will be capable of when he and Triple H finally face off, but he could ultimately exceed expectations with what lengths he is willing to go to in order to have a classic contest with his archrival.

Shawn Michaels took part in another Unsanctioned match against Chris Jericho at 2008's Unforgiven pay-per-view, where both men walked away bruised and battered. Rollins can and should endure punishment at the hands of HHH, but not enough to risk ruining Rollins' road to recovery.

Prior to Triple H resurfacing on Raw, Rollins had yet to fulfill his full potential as a conquering hero, but having a dastardly antagonist to work off of has brought the best out of him. In fact, this Unsanctioned Street Fight WrestleMania match could be his defining moment as a rebellious babyface.

Several other elements have been at play in this program as well, such as Samoa Joe's involvement and how he was the one who injured Rollins to begin with. He can make his presence felt by interfering on Triple H's behalf without the worry of being disqualified, due to the lack of rules.

If they're seeking to create a WrestleMania moment, The Architect pulling the Curb Stomp out of his arsenal would accomplish that. Granted, the move has been banned by the WWE for nearly two years, but hitting it on this one occasion would be worthy as well as appropriate in a contest of this caliber.

Looking at the rest of the WrestleMania card, few other matchups come close to feeling as personal and as heated as Rollins vs. HHH. They have all the tools to steal the show if they are positioned properly on the card and are allotted the time they deserve. 

A match three years in the making, Rollins vs. Triple H could be the culmination of what has been a fantastic feud, and with an Unsanctioned stipulation attached to it, it is bound to be an outing for the ages.

 

Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a Digital Journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website, Next Era Wrestling, and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.

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