The WrestleMania 17 boxing bout between Mike Tyson and Triple H was scrapped due to Tyson’s extremely high demands, according to recent statements made by Triple H to WWE.
In 1998, Mike Tyson made his WWE debut. At WrestleMania 14, he served as a special guest referee for the Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin battle. Mike Tyson betrayed Triple H and the crew during the WrestleMania match and assisted Stone Cold Steve Austin in defeating Shawn Michaels.
WWE intended for the Mike Tyson and Triple H storyline to develop over the course of nearly three years. At WrestleMania 17, a boxing battle between Mike Tyson and Triple H would have put an end to the rivalry. That, however, did not come to pass.
Triple H reveals why the boxing match didn’t happen at WrestleMania 17
WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H recently told WWE that Mike Tyson’s demands were really high and that is why the match at WrestleMania 17 didn’t happen.
Triple H said that the boxing match was supposed to be six rounds long and whether it was going to follow full boxing rules was yet to be decided. Triple H said he wanted the match to happen because he was a huge boxing fan.
“it ended up being a deal where the whole thing just would have been a ludicrous amount of money, and it got pushed off,” said Triple H.
Triple H says he loves boxing
On a number of occasions, Triple H has shown his love for boxing. A few years ago, Triple H accompanied Floyd Mayweather to the ring and in 2018, Triple H shared a picture with boxer Vasyl Lomachenko.
Last year, Triple H successfully made a deal with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and featured him in a WWE match at Crown Jewel. Last month, Triple H saw Fury vs. Wilder 2 live with wife and WWE COO Stephanie McMahon, sharing a video after the event.