When Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules, it gave him a 2-1 advantage over The Game in terms of pay-per-view matches. With that in mind, it is time for both combatants to move on to something different.
Just like their matches at SummerSlam and WrestleMania XXIX, the encounter between Lesnar and Triple H at Extreme Rules was fantastic. In fact, it can be argued that the cage match was the best of their trilogy. Both men left it all out in the ring, sold well throughout the match and proved that they are masters of in-ring psychology.
Lesnar kayfabe injured his knee early in the match after missing a high knee attempt and crashing into the cage. This gave Triple H the upper hand, but Lesnar continued to battle back. Triple H attempted to use a sledgehammer on Lesnar, but Paul Heyman hit him with a low blow, allowing Lesnar to turn the weapon on Triple H and ultimately win the match.
After the match there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding both competitors as Lesnar limped away and Triple H needed to be helped to his feet. Things got even more interesting for Triple H the following night on Raw as a concussion prevented him from finishing his match with new Heyman acquisition Curtis Axel.
Now that Lesnar and Triple H are both dealing with storyline injuries, it is the perfect time to separate them and allow them to move on to other endeavors. As for Lesnar, it seems likely that he'll take some time off like he did last year and return whenever he is ultimately needed. Whether that time comes at SummerSlam, Survivor Series or even further down the line remains to be seen.
According to F4WOnline.com (via Rajah.com), Monday's incident is the start of a concussion storyline involving Triple H. It could keep him off television for several weeks before he tries to return to action. At this point, family members such as Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon could potentially attempt to talk him into retirement.
It has been great seeing two all-time greats like Lesnar and Triple H go to war, but it's time for them to explore other avenues. As good as their matches were and as heated as their rivalry was, there was something unsettling about two part-time wrestlers facing each other. There simply weren't any implications in place to truly make people care about the results of their matches.
When Lesnar returns to action, however, it would be great to see him feud with somebody on the current roster. It's difficult to say who that might be, but there are a number of potential options. Perhaps a rivalry with CM Punk is in the cards down the line. If not him, then a feud with another established guy such as Sheamus or Randy Orton could be really interesting.
As for Triple H, it's probably pretty unlikely that we'll see him wrestle again until WrestleMania XXX. This concussion angle is obviously in place to keep him out of action over the long term, so there has to be a plan for him. Perhaps the best course of action would be a match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXX.
While Michaels is obviously retired, there have been rumors swirling regarding a potential WrestleMania match between HBK and The Game for at least a year. That isn't to say that it's a lock to happen, but it would make a lot of sense in the context of Triple H's current storyline.
He is likely to be hellbent on returning to the ring despite his injury, so maybe the only person who can stop him is his best friend. Michaels could challenge Triple H to a WrestleMania match to save him from himself as Triple H would have to retire in the event of a loss. If The Game is ready to step away from the ring, he could lose the match.
The WWE definitely seems to have something up its sleeve when it comes to Triple H and it's hard to imagine it involving another match against Lesnar. If Triple H and Lesnar do meet again for some reason, it is sure to be an excellent match, but the WWE has an opportunity to try some new things with them and that is precisely what should happen.
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