Triple H’s recent RAW appearance that led to a street fight against Randy Orton was indeed a last-minute change after Drew McIntyre tested positive for COVID-19. The NXT head honcho recently discussed his appearance and how different it is wrestling without fans.
“I said it a few weeks earlier ironically, not thinking it was going to happen so quickly but I said I’m like that little box on the wall that says ‘use in case of emergency, break glass,’” said Triple H on ESPN Radio’s The Michael Kay Show (transcription via Post Wrestling). “There’s a little hammer there, you smack it, pull the handle, Triple H pops out.
“To be honest, I got the call the night before and was like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna write you in the show tomorrow’ and that was it. It’s not the same. As a performer, my hat is off to all the men and women right now that are doing this week in, week out, that did it all this time during COVID and the pandemic and did it in front of no one. Did it in front of few, did it in front of video walls with fans cheering and booing. It’s not the same. It’s difficult when you’ve geared your whole life and your whole career towards getting that reaction and working towards it and now you have to work towards the reaction that you believe that you will get and — but it’s not the same.”