Triple H did the right thing at SummerSlam, for once. He tapped out to Brock Lesnar's Kimura Lock in the centre of the ring, after being caught in the submission hold just as it looked like he had the victory in the bag after a second Pedigree. The clean finish, likely came up by Paul Heyman, was inspired by Fabricio Werdum locking on a deep triangle and an armbar from his guard to submit the legendary Fedor Emelianenko on June 26th, 2010, mere moments after being knocked down by him, in the greatest upset in MMA history.
On paper, this perfectly set up Brock Lesnar to be the latest man to attempt to end the streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, having broken the arms of the two men who came closest to achieving that feat in recent years, Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
But a spanner was thrown into the works when it became apparent that the defeat was just to set up a rematch between the two, where Triple H would most likely get his win back. Early speculation was that this match would happen at Hell In The Cell on October 28th or Survivor Series on November 18th, which seemed like a bad move, as Lesnar shouldn't be losing to anyone before WrestleMania.
But then came Triple H's unconvincing retirement speech on Monday Night Raw. Though it hasn't stopped WWE before, having Hunter break his retirement tease in less than three months would be a trifle rushed when he was trying to obtain the exact same sympathy Edge got for his all too real retirement in April 2011 due to spinal stenosis.
Unless there's a change of plan, which is always possible, don't expect such a rush job in this case, as Dave Meltzer reported on today's subscriber only Wrestling Observer Radio show that the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H rematch is currently pencilled in for WrestleMania 29:
The plan I heard this week was WrestleMania. That's what I heard the plan was.
For those of you who thought Geno Mrosko's post Raw rant about Triple H's out of control ego was uncalled for, then this is evidence that he was sadly right on the money. It was blatantly obvious coming out of SummerSlam that there wasn't enough fervour coming out of their first match together that a rematch would be a hot enough issue to headline WrestleMania 29. Fans would much rather see Lesnar square off against Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, The Rock or even CM Punk on the big show than see Hunter get his revenge.
The only defence for booking their rematch at WrestleMania is if The Undertaker is too banged up to work another match and Shawn is unwilling to come out of retirement for such a plum spot, as WWE already has their heart set on another rematch in The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship and thus both would be unavailable to face Lesnar. Though given Undertaker made a physical appearance at Raw 1000 the former doesn't seem to be the case.
Of course, if the SummerSlam buy rate comes in lower than expected, then the rematch will probably come before Mania, provided they have enough dates left on Lesnar's contract to squeeze in another match between now and then. What say you Cagesiders, when would you like to see part two or aren't you all that bothered if they never faced each other again?