Following Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: New Orleans event on the WWE Network, Triple H spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard blog to give his thoughts on the big event, WrestleMania 34, the WWE Hall Of Fame and more. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On going from overseeing the NXT TakeOver event to preparing for his own match at WrestleMania 34: “It’s a different vibe. Shawn [Michaels] and I were talking earlier in the ‘Gorilla position’ about the different mindset. When you’re doing it yourself, there is a control level. When somebody is doing it, you can do all the prep you want, and then you can either watch it fall apart or watch a grand slam. The show we try to put together for WrestleMania is different. You just adapt to it.”

On Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s “Unsanctioned Match” at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans: “Gargano and Ciampa, that was magic. It was done with passion, emotion, and feel. To me, that was the art of what we do.”

On the length of the WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony: “Next year, it’s going to be a contest between the Hall of Fame and ‘Mania to see which is longer. The reason we do it on Friday now is so we can get it done before WrestleMania.”

On what the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament will look like: “The first day will be a full-on U.K. tournament. The winner of that tournament will go on the next day to face the U.K. champion. That second day’s card will be a combined U.K./NXT event. There will be NXT champions and stars blended in. I see the U.K. brand linked to NXT.”

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