Triple H defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29 in one of the most brutal matches of the night. With the victory, Triple H has sent a clear message to the WWE Universe: He's not ready to hang up his boots just yet.
The feud between these two monsters of the ring, which began close to a year ago, was cleanly settled at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
They first encountered each other on the April 30 edition of Raw. Triple H confronted John Laurinaitis and Lesnar about Lesnar's contract demands. Lesnar attacked The Game and left him with a broken arm. When Triple H healed, the two wrestled at SummerSlam, which saw Lesnar win and once again break the arm of the 13-time former world champion.
Triple H teased retirement after that bout. WWE.com noted that his speech was "an emotional address that many interpret as a farewell, leading the WWE Universe to wonder if his days of competition [were] at an end."
He didn't have another physical altercation in the ring until a week after Lesnar attacked and broke the hip of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. The fight between the two men resulted in the WrestleMania 29 No Holds Barred bout with Triple H's career on the line.
But after their April 7 clash, the feud is over and Triple H is still standing tall.
The bout between the two started off quickly, with both men heading to the arena floor within moments. After trading a chair around, they went back outside the ring. The Cerebral Assassin used Lesnar’s head as a ball, bouncing it off different surfaces around ringside.
Things eventually turned around, with Lesnar destroying Triple H with a belly-to-belly suplex. Several more suplexes and a toss over the top rope solidified Lesnar’s control of the match.
As the clash wore on, F-5’s, Triple H’s sledgehammer, a chair and the steel ring steps were all used to punish both the combatants and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who was at ringside.
Things looked bleak for The Game after Lesnar cinched in the Kimura lock, the same hold he used to twice break Triple H’s arm. But Triple H found a way to get out and lock Lesnar in his own hold three times.
The brutal encounter came to an end after a sledgehammer shot to Lesnar's head, followed by a pedigree on the steel steps. Triple H covered Lesnar for the pin.
Triple H's victory at WrestleMania shows that, despite his growing duties in the corporate arena, he's not ready to step out of the wrestling arena.
Many wrestlers find it hard to step away from the ring when their time has passed, even when their bodies are screaming for them to do so. Triple H doesn't appear to be hurting; his body is in tremendous shape. Nor does it appear, especially after his bout at WrestleMania 29, that his time has passed.
But Triple H is, without a doubt, a part-time wrestler. Several of the guys in the locker room have been voicing their opinions as of late about the WWE's reliance on part-timers. Cody Rhodes voiced his thoughts on 106.7 The Fan DC. Both CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler have vented similar frustration.
With growing resentment from guys in the locker room, perhaps Triple H will eventually feel the pressure to step away for good.
But until then, he's shown why the WWE is calling in guys for part-time work: They can still deliver. After months away from the ring, The Game was still able to deliver, driving a compelling and violent storyline forward at the year's biggest event.
He's still got it. His match with Brock has shown that Triple H can step up when needed. If the WWE wants to let him run the company and wrestle once in a while, why would he change that?
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