Triple H Admits He Was Shocked Vince McMahon Wanted Ripley vs Flair At WrestleMania

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Triple H spoke to the media following NXT Takeover: Portland where he discussed how the Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair match came about.

Charlotte Flair appeared following the NXT Women’s Championship match last night, attacking Ripley from behind and announcing that she was accepting her challenge for a ‘Mania match.

It may surprise people to learn that the decision to have the match at WWE WrestleMania 36 was actually one made by Vince McMahon himself, and even Triple H was shocked by it.

“Actually, USA Network had no involvement in it at all. To be honest, it was shocking to me when it was first mentioned to me. I believe that this was just a decision from Vince’s part on understanding the other stories for the women. To me, you have opportunities where you look in a moment in time and ask is Charlotte going after Bayley and Sasha Banks [on SmackDown], does she come after Becky Lynch [on Raw]. You’ve seen that before and we’re looking into something fresh and you see that with Shayna Baszler going after Becky Lynch and you see that in different ways on SmackDown with where they’re going. So this was a way for Charlotte Flair needing to be in that big, epic role. I think it really had nothing more to do with that. It’s good storytelling and that’s what the goal is here, good storytelling across the board,” Triple H said.

H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions.