Triple H continues to recover from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view in November, but it doesn't sound like The Game will be ready for WrestleMania 35.
According to Sports Illustrated (h/t Cageside Seats), it's highly unlikely that Triple H will be recovered and ready for WrestleMania on Apr. 7. So despite the tease and rumors, he won't rekindle and old rivalry with Batista on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
Triple H suffered the injury when he and Shawn Michaels (reforming D-Generation X), competed against Kane and The Undertaker. The Cerebral Assassin was able to finish out the match, but he underwent surgery afterwards and was ruled out of action indefinitely.
And unfortunately, it doesn't sound like he's going to be cleared in time for a return to the big show. Triple H only wrestles on a part-time basis now, but he's made it a priority to compete at WrestleMania every year - where he usually goes up against some of the elite younger talents.
But it's unfortunate that one of the biggest names in the WWE won't be able to compete, especially considering the reported plans to have him go up against Batista - his former Evolution counterpart. The two teased such a match when the legendary stable reunited at the SmackDown 1000 episode, but it'll have to hold off for the time being.
It's also worth noting that Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently reported that there are no plans for The Undertaker at WrestleMania as of now. With that, this year's show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is shaping up to be a whole lot different compared to years past.
What This Means
It's obviously disappointing that Triple H - who has a long and successful WrestleMania history - won't be able to compete. Without him (and possibly Undertaker), it's surely going to feel a lot less nostalgic this year.