SANTA CLARA, Calif. – As leader of The Authority and COO of WWE, Triple H is constantly looking forward to the future. When Sting made his WWE debut at Survivor Series – nearly 14 years after WCW closed its doors – The Game saw the past rearing its head and decided it was time to bury WCW’s legacy once and for all. Ironically, The Cerebral Assassin used the past, in the form of D-Generation X, to assist him in victory against WCW’s franchise player.

During his tenure in WCW, Sting was always known for his showmanship , especially when he descended from the rafters of arenas all over the world. Though he didn't descend from any rafters in Santa Clara, the sound of pounding drums echoed through Levi’s® Stadium heralding Sting’s first entrance on The Grandest a Stage of Them All. Displaying the charisma that garnered him legions of fans throughout his career, The Vigilante cupped his hands over his mouth and let out a passionate “WOO!” to the delight of the WWE Universe.

However, if there’s one thing that’s a given at WrestleMania, it’s that Triple H is guaranteed to have an entrance that can only be defined by one word: epic. The King of Kings did not disappoint. Terminator robots from the upcoming blockbuster “Terminator: Genisys” lined the entrance stage, and The Cerebral Assassin’s mind games were in full effect. As Skynet targeted Sting, The Game rose from the ground donning a cybernetic headpiece. But it wasn't just the Terminator theme that captivated the capacity crowd of 76,976; it was also the unexpected appearance of the very individual Triple H ushered into the WWE Hall of Fame 24 hours earlier – The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger – letting everyone know it was time to play The Game.

Following the jaw-dropping entrances of both icons, the WWE Universe was finally ready to witness the showdown they thought would never happen. Two of the most prominent stars of their respective organizations during the Monday Night War were finally colliding at WrestleMania. As the opening bell sounded, Triple H and Sting sized each other up to the WWE Universe’s ecstatic chants of “this is awesome.” Taking a moment to let the adrenaline pulse through their veins, they finally locked up and Sting gained  the early advantage.

Although Triple H briefly took control, there was some unfamiliarity between the two and Sting capitalized. One of the greatest in-ring competitors of all time, The King of Kings quickly adapted and unleashed a brutal flurry of strikes that took Sting down. With momentum in his favor, Triple H executed his high knee strike, but like he had so many times against WCW’s biggest stars, Sting stood straight up, unfazed. Shocked and reeling from The Vigilante’s resilience, The Cerebral Assassin was once again left recalibrating his strategy against the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Once the battle spilled to the outside, The Game drove Sting into the steel steps, allowing him to regain the upper hand. Triple H maintained control of the battle until Sting countered a strike from The Game and locked in his Scorpion Death Lock.

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With the Scorpion Death Lock applied and certain doom looming for The WWE COO, D-Generation X’s music hit, and Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac rushed the ring. Sting fought off the DX onslaught, even soaring from the top rope to take them out on the floor. However, the distraction was enough for Triple H to recover and hit the Pedigree, but it only resulted in a near-fall.

Looking to put his opponent down for good, Triple H grabbed his sledgehammer and prepared for a final, crushing blow. Ready to strike, The nWo’s music hit, and the three original members of the renegade faction made their way to the ring. As the New World Order collided with DX and The Monday Night War reignited, Sting hit Triple H with the Scorpion Death Drop. Although Triple H kicked out of the cover, Sting quickly reapplied the Scorpion Death Lock and the sledgehammer escaped The Game’s reach.

As DX and The nWo took each other down on the outside of the ring, Triple H managed to survive the Scorpion Death Drop by reaching the ropes. Relentless, Sting reapplied the hold, but waiting for him was the one DX member conspicuously missing from the initial assault: WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

Before The Stinger could defend himself, HBK hit Sweet Chin Music, once again demonstrating a fierce loyalty to his best friend Triple H and WWE. Sting kicked out of the cover following Sweet Chin Music, but DX gained control of the sledgehammer and gave it to their leader. The Cerebral Assassin stalked Sting into a corner, ready to unleash the rage that has been brewing since The Vigilante’s first appearance at Survivor Series. Fortunately for Sting, Scott Hall had his former WCW colleague’s baseball bat ready.

The playing field was leveled and Sting used the bat to score the attack, bringing The Game to his knees. At a severe disadvantage, Triple H held up the sledgehammer to protect himself. However, the very weapon that Sting wielded against The nWo proved more dangerous than ever, and split the sledgehammer in two.

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Dropping the bat, WCW’s face-painted franchise again attacked his opponent and backed the WWE COO into the corner. The WWE Universe rose to its feet as The Stinger charged across the ring, executing his patented Stinger Splash. With his opponent dazed and falling to the mat, The Vigilante ran across the ring again – just as he had against Vader, Ric Flair, Goldberg and so many more WCW icons. Unfortunately, Triple H managed to grab one half of his broken sledgehammer. And when the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion raced across the ring and leapt into the air for a second Stinger Splash, Triple H connected with the sledgehammer. With Sting out cold, Triple H made the pinfall and secured the victory.

After the match, DX stood tall with Triple H while The nWo stood by Sting – WWE standing triumphant in the final battle with WCW. Nevertheless, WWE’s COO pushed his DX allies aside and shook Sting’s hand, creating a WrestleMania moment forged from respect.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – As leader of The Authority and COO of WWE, Triple H is constantly looking forward to the future. When Sting made his WWE debut at Survivor Series – nearly 14 years after WCW closed its doors – The Game saw the past rearing its head and decided it was time to bury WCW’s legacy once and for all. Ironically, The Cerebral Assassin used the past, in the form of D-Generation X, to assist him in victory against WCW’s franchise player.

During his tenure in WCW, Sting was always known for his showmanship , especially when he descended from the rafters of arenas all over the world. Though he didn't descend from any rafters in Santa Clara, the sound of pounding drums echoed through Levi’s® Stadium heralding Sting’s first entrance on The Grandest a Stage of Them All. Displaying the charisma that garnered him legions of fans throughout his career, The Vigilante cupped his hands over his mouth and let out a passionate “WOO!” to the delight of the WWE Universe.

However, if there’s one thing that’s a given at WrestleMania, it’s that Triple H is guaranteed to have an entrance that can only be defined by one word: epic. The King of Kings did not disappoint. Terminator robots from the upcoming blockbuster “Terminator: Genisys” lined the entrance stage, and The Cerebral Assassin’s mind games were in full effect. As Skynet targeted Sting, The Game rose from the ground donning a cybernetic headpiece. But it wasn't just the Terminator theme that captivated the capacity crowd of 76,976; it was also the unexpected appearance of the very individual Triple H ushered into the WWE Hall of Fame 24 hours earlier – The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger – letting everyone know it was time to play The Game.

Following the jaw-dropping entrances of both icons, the WWE Universe was finally ready to witness the showdown they thought would never happen. Two of the most prominent stars of their respective organizations during the Monday Night War were finally colliding at WrestleMania. As the opening bell sounded, Triple H and Sting sized each other up to the WWE Universe’s ecstatic chants of “this is awesome.” Taking a moment to let the adrenaline pulse through their veins, they finally locked up and Sting gained  the early advantage.

Although Triple H briefly took control, there was some unfamiliarity between the two and Sting capitalized. One of the greatest in-ring competitors of all time, The King of Kings quickly adapted and unleashed a brutal flurry of strikes that took Sting down. With momentum in his favor, Triple H executed his high knee strike, but like he had so many times against WCW’s biggest stars, Sting stood straight up, unfazed. Shocked and reeling from The Vigilante’s resilience, The Cerebral Assassin was once again left recalibrating his strategy against the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Once the battle spilled to the outside, The Game drove Sting into the steel steps, allowing him to regain the upper hand. Triple H maintained control of the battle until Sting countered a strike from The Game and locked in his Scorpion Death Lock.

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With the Scorpion Death Lock applied and certain doom looming for The WWE COO, D-Generation X’s music hit, and Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac rushed the ring. Sting fought off the DX onslaught, even soaring from the top rope to take them out on the floor. However, the distraction was enough for Triple H to recover and hit the Pedigree, but it only resulted in a near-fall.

Looking to put his opponent down for good, Triple H grabbed his sledgehammer and prepared for a final, crushing blow. Ready to strike, The nWo’s music hit, and the three original members of the renegade faction made their way to the ring. As the New World Order collided with DX and The Monday Night War reignited, Sting hit Triple H with the Scorpion Death Drop. Although Triple H kicked out of the cover, Sting quickly reapplied the Scorpion Death Lock and the sledgehammer escaped The Game’s reach.

As DX and The nWo took each other down on the outside of the ring, Triple H managed to survive the Scorpion Death Drop by reaching the ropes. Relentless, Sting reapplied the hold, but waiting for him was the one DX member conspicuously missing from the initial assault: WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

Before The Stinger could defend himself, HBK hit Sweet Chin Music, once again demonstrating a fierce loyalty to his best friend Triple H and WWE. Sting kicked out of the cover following Sweet Chin Music, but DX gained control of the sledgehammer and gave it to their leader. The Cerebral Assassin stalked Sting into a corner, ready to unleash the rage that has been brewing since The Vigilante’s first appearance at Survivor Series. Fortunately for Sting, Scott Hall had his former WCW colleague’s baseball bat ready.

The playing field was leveled and Sting used the bat to score the attack, bringing The Game to his knees. At a severe disadvantage, Triple H held up the sledgehammer to protect himself. However, the very weapon that Sting wielded against The nWo proved more dangerous than ever, and split the sledgehammer in two.

Sting vs. Triple H photos |  Watch the WrestleMania 31 replay on WWE Network

Dropping the bat, WCW’s face-painted franchise again attacked his opponent and backed the WWE COO into the corner. The WWE Universe rose to its feet as The Stinger charged across the ring, executing his patented Stinger Splash. With his opponent dazed and falling to the mat, The Vigilante ran across the ring again – just as he had against Vader, Ric Flair, Goldberg and so many more WCW icons. Unfortunately, Triple H managed to grab one half of his broken sledgehammer. And when the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion raced across the ring and leapt into the air for a second Stinger Splash, Triple H connected with the sledgehammer. With Sting out cold, Triple H made the pinfall and secured the victory.

After the match, DX stood tall with Triple H while The nWo stood by Sting – WWE standing triumphant in the final battle with WCW. Nevertheless, WWE’s COO pushed his DX allies aside and shook Sting’s hand, creating a WrestleMania moment forged from respect.