After tearing the Allstate Arena down at WrestleMania 22, WWE higher-ups felt Triple H and John Cena had unfinished business and therefore had plans for the two tangle in a rematch at WrestleMania 23.
“Triple H was scheduled to have his return match with John Cena. They had a fantastic match at [WrestleMania] 22 in Chicago,” creative writer Michael Hayes recalled on the WWE Network program WrestleMania Rewind. “They were both so amped up and excited to do it again at Ford Field.”
But at the New Year’s Revolution pay-per-view event on January 7, 2007, WWE’s plans for a blockbuster main event at Ford Field came crumbling down. During a tag team match where Triple H and Shawn Michaels took on Edge and Randy Orton, Hunter tore his right quadriceps.
For the second time in six years, “The King of Kings” sustained a career-threatening injury that would remove him from the squared circle indefinitely.
A rumor making the rounds at time was Stephanie McMahon having a nervous breakdown over her husband’s devastating injury. Backstage watching the show on a television monitor when the injury took place, a horrified Stephanie fell to her knees, burst into tears and began shreiking “Nooooooooooo!” as if she was reenacting a storyline. While sympathetic to her plight, nearby employees felt awkward as they stood silently watching her, and wondered if she was not perhaps slightly over-reacting.
“Being his wife, I know that it was Hell,” Stephanie said of Triple H’s injury and the ensuing rehabilitation process on WrestleMania Rewind. “WrestleMania is what every WWE Superstar and Diva work for. To have that taken away from you because of an injury, is probably the worst feeling you can possibly have.”
“The King of Kings” made his triumphant return on August 26, 2007 at SummerSlam, where he handily beat King Booker.
“The Game” is back, and he’s as amazing as ever,” exclaimed Jim Ross, as Triple H soaked in an extended celebration.