The last two matches played by Triple H were both against Randy Orton, respectively in 2019 and early 2021. While the first was a real match, from which he came out defeated, the second took on the appearance of a brawl. The Game has skipped the last two editions of WrestleMania, saying it doesn't miss the ring too much.
Advancing age has led HHH to intensify his work backstage, also due to some physical problems that have emerged in recent seasons. The 14-time world champion was the main architect behind the rise of NXT, having allowed the Black and Gold brand to become a great alternative to Raw and SmackDown.
Recently, Hunter underwent a delicate heart operation, from which he is still recovering. To be sure, Triple H hasn't officially retired from wrestling. Several insiders, including Dave Meltzer (a well-known correspondent for the 'Wrestling Observer'), believe, however, that his career is over.
"It would be a huge surprise if Triple H were to fight in the future, there is no need to go around it" - explained Meltzer. "I don't know if he will feel the need to play one last match before retirement, but his conditions are delicate at the moment.
He will have to receive the authorization of the doctors, which will not take little time. Consider that he has yet to go back to doing his work behind the scenes at NXT," he added. Interviewed by Sports Nation in April of this year, The Game had confided that he would like to organize a farewell tour to greet the WWE Universe.
Speaking to PW Torch, reporter Wade Keller assured that HHH will never leave the Stamford federation. "The relationship between Stephanie, Triple H and Vince McMahon does not only concern the professional sphere, but also involves the emotional one.
If The Game distances itself from WWE, this would negatively affect family dynamics. There has been a rumor that Hunter intends to open a company of his own, but nothing is true."
WWE may also release Goldberg!
Over the past few months, WWE has worked hard to cut all those unnecessary costs that have weighed on its coffers for years.
The problem is that by cutting those costs, the federation has gone to release several employees, including wrestlers, road agents, referees, various insiders and even employees of the Stamford offices, with the WWE two years ago having at least 300 employees in more.
Obviously, all this was for a good 50% initially due to the covid, with the global academy that for almost a whole year blocked the WWE entirely, without letting any fans enter the live shows of the company, which had to invent itself also the ThunderDome, to remedy the lack of noise and people in the stands.
The loss of live show revenue and the missed tours that brought WWE a lot of money, even for the merchandise sold, as well as for the tickets sold, meant that WWE put in place a policy of unnecessary cost cutting, which not going to look anyone in the face, eventually seeing big names such as Braun Strowman, Nia Jax or Bray Wyatt excluded from the WWE main roster.
Apparently, after seeing the abandonment of the WWE of great athletes like Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Daniel Bryan, another great athlete could leave, obviously here we are talking about a real pro-wrestling legend: Bill Goldberg, already WWE Hall of Famer, as well as a recent former McMahon Federation World Champion.
In his agreement with the McMahons, there would in fact still be a match to be played, but as regards several insiders, the contract but above all the remuneration received by Goldberg, would be far too high for WWE and its new standards.
In his last speech to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wanted to say: "The biggest name that has a contract that is about to expire is Goldberg, who still has only one match left in his contract. His deal brings back a very large amount of money to have only a couple of matches a year and I believe that for the moment we will not have any cuts in this regard.
It's a deal that wouldn't make sense in AEW because they don't have the Saudi mainstream and the sheikhs' money on their side. Goldberg is 55 and I don't know if they think they'll keep this nostalgia effect, but they don't have any other big attractions other than Lesnar and Edge (and Shane McMahon who is still under contract) because I doubt Paul Levesque will fight again and Undertaker is done by now.
, even Undertaker and Austin have a very expensive agreement (as Ric Flair had), so as to remain in the company for life."