Triple H is heading toward what could be his last match ever against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29. The bout is a rematch from last year’s SummerSlam, a match Brock won, and now The Game is looking for some retribution. But the question is whether this will this really be Hunter’s last ride.
We’ve seen this a lot the last several years, as one WWE Superstar after another has left it all in the ring and walked away from active competition. Ric Flair worked his last WWE match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24 in 2008.
The sun set on The Heartbreak Kid’s career two years later when The Undertaker defeated him at WrestleMania 26, and Edge unexpectedly retired following his last match against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 27 in 2011. That's three Superstars in four years, and now we’re left with The King of Kings, another man who could very well be preparing his swan song.
A major issue, however, is the fact that many fans feel the match is nothing but filler, a way to tide both Hunter and Lesnar over until WrestleMania 30. Next year’s event should be an epic pay-per-view, as the company celebrates 30 years of pro wrestling’s biggest extravaganza ever.
How could Triple H miss that one?
While Hunter will likely be involved in the event whether he wins on April 7th or not, the fact is that imagining him not working a match that night seems impossible. Number 30 could potentially outdo them all, as WWE will surely do everything in its power to book, push, and promote like never before. Vince McMahon will definitely want all of his big guns at the forefront, and Triple H is one of those guns.
So, if The Cerebral Assassin does indeed decide to call it a career, why not do it next year? What better way to go out?
There’s also the fact that WWE needs a reason to sell the match between Hunter and Brock this year. There are no championships involved, and Brock is not a full-time performer, so technically he has nothing to lose, and Paul Heyman will not acquire any more power if his man wins.
So, really, what’s left?
Triple H would obviously call out Brock because of the attack on Vince. Again, Brock has nothing to lose by agreeing, but he also has nothing to gain. He would want some leverage, a reason to step back into the ring with a more determined, more focused Triple H.
The retirement stipulation is the most plausible reason.
But now for the tough part. Are fans really buying it?
Have we all hit fast forward and skipped to WrestleMania 30, in regards to Triple H? Is this year’s Mania truly nothing more than just an excuse to get Hunter on the card to improve the buyrate for the event?
Of course, there is always the possibility that we are dead wrong, and Triple H won’t see the ring at WrestleMania 30. After all, this is WWE we’re talking about here, a company where anything can happen.
That’s kind of its thing.
What if The Game does lace up the boots for the final time on April 7th? The man who will almost certainly lead WWE into the future behind the scenes could decide that he’s got nothing left to accomplish and leave now while he’s still in shape and still able to go out on his own terms.
Maybe it will indeed be "Game" over.
But I just don’t see Triple H walking away this year. I believe that as long as he stays in top physical form and has credible opponents to feud with, Hunter could keep his ring career for as long as he wants. Working such a limited schedule allows him to stay healthy. Perhaps he could even work a program with a younger talent like Damien Sandow at some point to help groom the next generation of WWE Superstars.
Triple H will once again gear up for WWE’s biggest night of the year when he faces Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29. While it is true that anything can happen, I do not believe that this will be Hunter’s last match. For me, the timing is just not right, and The Game still has a lot left in the tank. It’s not his time to go yet.
It’s time to play The Game. At least for now.