While The Big Show trains for his reported match against basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal at WrestleMania 33, WWE COO and 14-time WWE champion Triple H’s name has also come up in plans for the big event.
Ever since Shane McMahon made his WWE return in late February, there has been a reported disconnect between McMahon and Triple H. McMahon left WWE six years ago to pursue a career outside of sports entertainment, while Triple H is now the heir apparent to Vince McMahon once he steps down from day-to-day operations of WWE.
However, any issues they have may be resolved in the ring as the WWE is considering a McMahon vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania 33, per Ringside News. One of the reported stipulations in such a match would be “Loser Leaves WWE.” However, the report adds that Triple H is currently against working a match against McMahon at this time.
— WWE on ESPN (@WWEonESPN) August 11, 2016
In early March, a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter suggested that there was a lot of talk about issues between the two men, via Wrestling Inc. It also noted that if McMahon’s return involved an executive role, Vince may put his son, Shane, against his daughter, Stephanie, and Triple H. To this point, however, Shane’s involvement has been limited to an on-screen capacity. He wrestled, and lost, to The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32 and is the current commissioner of SmackDown Live.
Later that month, Daily Wrestling News reported that Triple H and Vince McMahon were at odds over Shane’s return to the WWE. Triple H reportedly tried to downplay Shane’s star power and expressed his doubts with him being a legitimate contender to face The Undertaker. Finally, he wanted Shane “nowhere near” the WWE after his WrestleMania 32 program.
However, Vince McMahon went with his desired direction, keeping his son on WWE television in a prominent role. Shane did not dispell any of those rumors when he was asked about his sister, Stephanie, being married to Triple H and his thoughts on that relationship.
— Cageside Seats (@cagesideseats) August 12, 2016
“At first it was … As long as they’re going to be happy, that’s all I really cared about. It was more old school, back in the day – especially the boss’ daughter, you don’t ever date a talent at that point,” McMahon said of his sister. “There was separation, at that time it was church and state, ‘office’ and ‘the boys,’ if you will.”
McMahon also added that while his father, and mother, Linda McMahon, were aware of the relationship, he was the last to find about it.
“The thing that didn’t sit well with me is it was kept from me for a while. So that didn’t feel good, but other than that … again, as long as my sister’s happy, that’s great,” he said.
Both Shane and Triple have not wrestled since their matches at WrestleMania 32 — Triple H has not even made one appearance on television since losing the WWE championship to Roman Reigns.
While Shane is currently on WWE television, even he is not sure of his WWE future. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported in mid-July that Shane told people he’s not sure how much longer he will remain on television, via Wrestling Inc.
While there is still almost a year until WrestleMania 33, set to emanate from Orlando, Florida, if Vince McMahon wants that match to happen, he will have the final say.
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