In a vicious steel cage match at Extreme Rules 2013 between bona fide wrestling superstars, Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H by a clean pin in the middle of the ring.
After watching Lesnar and Triple H’s previous two matches over the last year—at SummerSlam 2012 and WrestleMania 29—it was clear that this battle would be a glorified street fight, and the duo did not disappoint.
Triple H always knows how to put on a great show for a pay-per-view crowd, and the inclusion of a cage only played into The Game’s skill set Sunday night.
Lesnar, on the other hand, brought a raw brutality to this match, and with the ability to showcase it on the Extreme Rules stage, Brock proved why WWE views him as such a valuable commodity.
Allowing Lesnar to win this brutal in-ring war was the right move.
This is a huge victory for the former UFC champion, especially after taking a devastating loss to Triple H at WrestleMania. While Lesnar never should have lost to begin with, allowing him to gain the edge in this long-term feud was the right booking decision.
Triple H doesn’t need to win anymore—he’s already a huge star and a fan favorite—but Lesnar could be valuable to WWE as a top heel. If the company wants to make current stars look strong by beating Lesnar, it must let him beat the older stars like The Rock and Triple H.
Now that nothing extra was on the line in this bout (no retirement clause, etc.), this will be dubbed the rubber match. The hope now is that the feud will be over.
Triple H got his chances to shine Sunday, but Extreme Rules was all about Lesnar.
Now that Lesnar has finely vanquished Triple H, the hope is that there is something much bigger planned for the former world champion—maybe even the world championship.
There is likely nothing off the table for Lesnar and WWE as both The Rock and CM Punk are dealing with injuries and The Undertaker is not expected back for awhile. If WWE wants to keep pay-per-view buys up, paying Lesnar to stick around would be the best bet.
Whether Lesnar goes after the World Heavyweight Championship, attacks a face superstar like Sheamus or even starts another feud with John Cena, WWE must do everything in its power to get more dates on Brock’s contract.
Lesnar and Heyman are great for WWE TV.
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