Triple H Defeats Former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IApril 7, 2013

Photo Credit: UFC/WWE
Photo Credit: UFC/WWE

Narrowly avoiding an end to his career by contract stipulation, 13-time WWE/WWF/World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in a "No Holds Barred Match" at WrestleMania XXIX in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

Per professional wrestling rules, Triple H (a.k.a. Hunter Hearst Helmsley) won his match with Lesnar by a three-count pinfall.

Both men exchanged several MMA and wrestling moves during their time in the event, with a "No Holds Barred" stipulation allowing the use of weapons and foreign objects.

After trading potentially fight-ending kimura submission maneuvers, Triple H got the better of Lesnar despite being beaten throughout most of the match, in addition to being slammed through the Spanish announcers' table.

Things ended during a sequence where Triple H "hit" Lesnar with a sledgehammer to the head, followed by a Pedigree (double underhook facebuster) on a set of steel steps that had been thrown into the ring earlier.

The three-time WWE champion Lesnar re-signed with the company in April 2012 after a two-year, 11-month career with the UFC, where he also captured and successfully retained the UFC heavyweight championship.

During Lesnar's short stint in MMA, he defeated the likes of Frank Mir, Randy Couture and Shane Carwin, quickly becoming the UFC's biggest pay-per-view star.

Lesnar would eventually lose his title to current UFC champion Cain Velasquez and retire after a loss to former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem.

Since returning to the WWE after his crippling back-to-back UFC losses, Lesnar has gone 1-2 in the ring, with his lone win in the past year coming against Triple H at SummerSlam 2012 in a "No Disqualifications" match via submission by kimura.