Triple H was a guest recently on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. During the interview Triple H talked about this weekend’s WrestleMania 36 two-day event. He mentioned that WWE had at one point discussed the idea of cancelling or postponing the event entirely. However, obviously in the end the decision was made to carry on with the show.
“We were going through the minute by minute of what was happening,” Triple H said. “It’s amazing how quickly all of this happened. On Wednesday March 11th, we were actually doing an event out of the Performance Center in Orlando that actually had fans at it. And I had mentioned to Vince, ‘Maybe we should leave some of this stuff up just in case, it just seems like things are going in a weird direction very quickly.’ In a 24 hour period after that everything was shutting down. It’s like everybody, playing it by ear. We can also do this in a way from an entertainment standpoint, from a Hollywood standpoint and a fictional standpoint that we can kind of control the environment and do this in a way that really nobody else can. And that’s what we’ve been able to do with WrestleMania. We’ve been able to continue the product, continue to put the event on, do it in the safest way possible, with minimal staff, no fans but we feel like it’s necessary.”
“I think [postponing or canceling] was obviously considered but we feel like it’s an obligation for us. Our fans have been there for us for years and years and years and we want to be there for them in this time where everybody is just doing the best to get through this, stuck home and the world needs entertainment right now. We feel an obligation to give them that. Whether it’s exactly what we would like it to be or they would like it to be, it probably won’t be, but it will be a version of that. We will make it the spectacle that it needs to be and that we can to the best of our ability and we’ll give the fans something to be entertained by. Sometimes people get very caught up in what we do, the arguments of what’s happening and why and should’ve done this or that, but at the end of the day if you don’t take it too seriously and you enjoy WWE for what it is, an entertainment source that hopefully we can do what the intent is is putting a smile on your face. If you can forget all that and put it aside and just sit in front of your set and just be entertained by what we do, then we’ve succeeded.”
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