The student vs. the teacher. The Man vs. The Game. The creation vs. the creator. And not a rule in sight. Seth Rollins will finally battle Triple H at WrestleMania 33 in a Non-Sanctioned Match, streaming live this Sunday, April 2, on the award-winning WWE Network.
This particular Road to WrestleMania has been a long and winding one that began in 2014 when The Game poached Rollins from The Shield, fracturing the legendary faction and installing The Architect as the crown jewel of Triple H's Authority. Under The King of Kings’ tutelage (and with a lot of his help), Rollins became Mr. Money in the Bank and parlayed the contract into a historic cash-in at WrestleMania 31, leading to a WWE Title run that placed him firmly in the upper echelon of sports-entertainment and even went so far as to net him the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award in 2015.
Of course, Rollins infamously blew out his knee and was forced to vacate the title, only returning after the dissolution of The Authority. The Game was less than pleased with how his now-solo former protégé failed to follow up on his earlier successes — Rollins won and lost the WWE Title in a span of two minutes, and fell short of the Universal Championship — so he cast Rollins aside, opting to write him off as a sunk cost and back the likes of Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe instead.
Only Rollins wasn't so content to stay sunken. The Architect made it his personal mission to ruin what Triple H was now trying to create, targeting Owens repeatedly and trying to coax Triple H out of the shadows by taunting his wife, Stephanie McMahon, now the Commissioner of Raw. When Triple H did re-emerge, it was only to sic Samoa Joe on Rollins, re-injuring his knee and rendering him less than 100 percent.
Sensing he had Rollins right where he wanted him, The Game only agreed to battle his former student if the bout was a Non-Sanctioned Match and Rollins signed a Hold Harmless Agreement preventing him from taking legal action if, and when, Triple H injured him further. Rollins revealed that he wanted to defeat Triple H to reclaim the identity he forged before he ever sided with The King of Kings.