It stands to reason following the beating he took at the hands of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam that it would take a little bit of time for Triple H to bounce back, but he would, inevitably, bounce back. Like Paul Heyman said on Raw: The Game tore his quadriceps in the middle of a match and still managed to finish the contest in one of the more legendary feats of tenacity in WWE history. There’s no way that all the “Game Over” rhetoric being tossed around following Lesnar’s victory at the summer classic could really ring true, right?
Turns out, there might be some truth to the rumors this time around, as numerous locker room sources are saying that they believe The King of Kings might really be out of commission this time around. The insiders, who chose to mostly remain anonymous, told WWE.com that they felt the beating Lesnar handed Triple H was the most severe of the WWE COO’s illustrious career. They also said that having his right arm broken twice in the same spot only a few months apart would prove to be a debilitation The Game would be unable to return from at 100 percent.
One locker room source who openly divulged his feelings to WWE.com was The Game’s personal friend and former D-Generation X cohort, Road Dogg.
“Our whole wrestling careers I’ve known Triple H,” Road Dogg said. “I almost saw him broken last night, emotionally. I saw a tear in his eye when he told a child as he walked up the ramp ‘I’m sorry.’ ”
“His arm was literally broken in the same place that it was months ago,” Road Dogg continued. “I don’t know if you come back from an injury like that at his age. ‘The Perfect Storm’ may have just done it. I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him yet.”
The WWE Universe also heard from Shawn Michaels via a satellite interview on Raw, where The Showstopper spoke of Triple H as though his best friend was done for good, and apologized for not having the confidence that The Game could topple Lesnar in a one-on-one fight.
Road Dogg also speculates that “Mr. WrestleMania’s” absence from the contest might also play a part and that losing the confidence of his best friend might be a cerebral blow the COO can’t shake off, either. “I think [HBK’s absence] took a toll on Hunter emotionally,” Road Dogg said. “I don’t know where he’s at, like I said I haven’t spoken to him yet.”
So, all ambiguity aside, what does Road Dogg think? Is it Game Over?
“I know that’s a cute little catchphrase, because it’s ‘Game Over,’ and he’s The Game,” the former New Age Outlaw said, but he was still unable to draw a conclusion. “As far as in-ring action, I just don’t know.”
Looking for a definitive answer, we attempted to ask Stephanie McMahon, Triple H’s wife and the Executive Vice President of Creative Development & Operations in WWE (which includes WWE.com), what she thought about her husband’s chances of returning to the ring. Her office politely declined to comment.
Reading between the lines, it seems like that might speak volumes more than any anonymous locker room source ever could.