Many fans don't realize that the greatest contributions Michael "P.S." Hayes has given the wrestling world came outside the ring. Though he was a multiple-time tag team champion as part of the Fabulous Freebirds, the man who walks the streets of Badstreet, U.S.A. is one of the most notorious writers and bookers in the industry.
From supposedly racist comments to wacky angles, Hayes has run the gauntlet of wrestling and takes with him a lot of wrestling intelligence on how to sell tickets. One of his self-proclaimed greatest ideas never came to fruition with the WWE, however, despite him trying to sell it twice.
At WrestleMania 22, John Cena overcame Triple H to truly establish himself as the top dog in the industry. The match wasn't the greatest ever, but it was still a solid affair where Cena and Helmsley entertained with heroic ring entrances and back and forth combat that kept fans interested throughout the affair. Despite claiming the defeat, fans knew that Triple H would return someday to reclaim the throne as the King of Kings, and that he'd go through Cena to do it.
Hayes, who had been writing for SmackDown! all of these years, developed the idea of booking Cena/Triple H II as if it were a boxing match. He was incredibly high on the idea, and had great reason to be, too. Some of the most iconic bouts in history were rematches, and Hayes recognized it in his attempted hype of the concept. Looking back at contests like Tyson/Holyfield II probably inspired him the most to create moments that were familiar yet incredibly chaotic.
So when WrestleMania 23 came around, Hayes went with full intention to get this thing booked. But Triple H wasn't as willing, considering he would suffer another major injury to his quadricep in January of 2007, thus creating a terminal void in the rematch idea. The match was passed under the table quickly, not to be spoken of again until one year later, as part of the brainstorm for WrestleMania XXIV.
This time, however, the problem was not Helmsley, it was Cena. Cena tore the pectoral muscle almost completely off the bone on his chest, and despite making a surprise return at the Royal Rumble that year, he was still nowhere near close to 100%. The huge risk of putting your biggest moneymaker in a demanding main event slot that was meant to up the ante on a previous encounter was just too great.
Only three times in WrestleMania history has a headlining attraction been featured again at the next WrestleMania as a rematch. Those instances were:
-Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (WrestleMania III and IV)
-Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna (WrestleMania IX and X)
-Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania XXV and XXVI)
So despite Michael Hayes' consistent lobbying, we never got Cena/Triple H II at a WrestleMania (it would, however, occur at Night of Champions), and if the Undertaker has anything to say about it, we probably never will.