Triple H kept his wrestling career alive by surviving a hellacious no-holds barred match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. The victory also ended a two-year losing streak for "The Game" at the year's biggest WWE event.
The stipulation heading into the match, as chosen by Lesnar and Paul Heyman, was that a loss by Triple H would have resulted in the end of his in-ring career. It added some intrigue to a feud that was already one of the best on the card given the mainstream star power of both superstars.
In a wrestling sense, it was a key win for Triple H. It means he can remain active when necessary, while also continuing in his backstage role without have to create a lame storyline excuse for bringing him back into the mix.
He had also been racking up a lot of high-profile losses in recent years, including two to The Undertaker at WrestleMania. While losing a match isn't a big deal to a superstar of his caliber, it's important to maintain his mystique with a big win every now and then.
Beating Lesnar on the grandest stage of them all accomplishes that and allows fans to look forward to his next feud, whenever that may be.
As for Lesnar, it's hard to get any type of read on what the future holds for him. Although he continues to help WWE draw an audience for key shows like 'Mania, he's not around nearly enough for him to make any type of serious impact on the product.
He comes around every couple of months, puts on pretty entertaining matches due to the high level of physicality and then fades into the background again. Unless he starts showing up to the weekly shows more often, the WWE Universe has to accept his current role.
It would be interesting to see what type of run he could put together if he agreed to a more active, long-term presence on Raw, but it just doesn't seem like that's been in the cards. Ever since his return, it's been brief stints followed by prolonged absences.
With that said, it was still a solid feud, and it's hard to argue with the result. Now the wait to see what will happen next for Triple H and Lesnar begins.
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