Whether by design or by coincidence, the WWE has kept any interaction between Triple H and Seth Rollins to a minimum in 2016.
Right around this time last year, Rollins was forced to the sideline with a devastating knee injury that kept him out of action until this past May. And after Triple H’s defeat to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, he’s only appeared on WWE programming once.
Technically, he’s shown his face twice. The second time came when Hunter greeted his wife, Stephanie, following the Clash of Champions pay-per-view last month, though that was only broadcast online. Triple H’s lone television appearance in the last six months created the biggest stir of all.
That, of course, came when Triple H interfered in a Fatal Four-Way match on RAW the week after SummerSlam to determine the new WWE Universal Champion. The Game interrupted the proceedings by costing both Rollins and Roman Reigns the victory, essentially handing the title to Kevin Owens.
Triple H got some measure of revenge on Reigns for beating him in the WrestleMania main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. But it was the pedigree to Rollins that had a far bigger impact, setting the stage for Rollins to turn babyface and, more importantly, further planting seeds for an eventual collision between mentor and student.