On the March 18th edition of Monday Night Raw, Triple H signed a contract that allowed him the chance to unleash his retribution onto the man that broke his arm and also embarrassed him at Summerslam 2012. However, being the crafty masochistic person that he is, Paul Heyman proclaimed that Triple H would have to sign the contract before the stipulation for the Wrestlemania XXIV match would be revealed.
After Triple H beat Paul Heyman for degrading his wife, The ECW innovator announced that the WrestleMania match would be a 'No Holds Barred' match before adding that Triple H's career would be on the line.
So, yeah, instead of wrestling two or three matches per year, he would wrestle zero. Sorry, I had to make that obvious point.
Still, the segment was another gemstone in this well-assembled story. After all, Heyman's ability to tell a story and get under people's skin are unparalleled right now. I mean this line and its delivery, "The loser would get Stephanie!" were so brilliantly said and came off so remorselessly that I could feel Triple H's hostility through my television.
The only bad things that I could point out about the segment were as follows: the awfully quiet crowd (which might be due to them being burnt out from ninety-percent of this train-wreck of a show), and the 'No Holds Barred' stipulation came off as a major disappointment because of how much they built the stipulation up to be something mesmerizing.
It's not something they have to add to this feud, but adding a no-touch clause on Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, wherein if the Cerebral Assassin were to touch them, his career would be over before WrestleMania, would be awesome. It could lead to intense, heated segments of The Next Big Thing and Heyman encouraging Hunter to hit them.
Additionally, on the go-home show, it could even lead to a segment where Triple H says to Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, "I know I can't touch you, but these men can.", foreshadowing Vince McMahon, DX, and finally The "Sexy Boy" himself, Shawn Michaels coming out, cleaning house, and making Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman retreat.
Even without that, this story keeps adding greater chapters and it's the only match on the card that feels worthy enough to be on WrestleMania from a hype perspective so far. The exposition and rising action have both been great; however, this well-constructed story must end with Triple H laying on the mat and looking up at the lights.
Triple H Should Be Knocked Off His Throne :
The Game has had one of the most legendary careers in professional wrestling's history. The King of Kings is the epitome of sports entertainment, and has been known for the following:
Cerebral thinking, clever game plans, elegant storytelling, old-school psychology, ring generalship, being able to dictate the pace of the match, and creating the illusion that the fans are a part of the match. He is an eight-time WWE champion, five-time World Heavyweight champion, five-time Intercontinental champion, King of the Ring Winner, Royal Rumble winner, two-time European Champion and three-time tag team champion. The Cerebral Assassin is also one of the most memorable, iconic wrestlers of both the 90s and the 2000s. He has done it all. Literally.
Therefore, it is time for the next part of his career. That being his career as the CEO, where he can help the younger talent learn their crafts, their psychology, how to talk on the microphone, and all the other intangibles they need to flourish.
He needs to help a profitable uber heel add more legitimacy to his name, make him look like a force to be reckoned with, and give Heyman bragging rights for to gloat in our faces since he does it so well. Besides, there truly isn't much left for Triple H to achieve or do. His best option is to walk away and leave the memories alone.
Brock Lesnar Should Become the new "King of Kings'':
Ever since WWE decided it would be a smart idea to put the Doctor of Thuganomics, who was on a losing streak, over the white-hot Brock Lesnar, The Beast has been searching for much-needed momentum and supremacy to rekindle the heat he possessed before the butchered climax to his feud with Cena.
However, the first part of the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar feud was weirdly crafted, and thus Brock didn't get elevated to a higher plateau as we assumed he would if he made The Game tap-out. To be honest, the Next Big Thing isn't someone who should be trading wins with other main-eventers; he should be dominating them one-by-one until his contract expires.
The manbeast is both a former NCAA Champion and a former UFC champion, built like an armored combat vehicle, and personifies ass-kickery. We know his track record. We are aware of what he could do to just about everyone in WWE. Now we want to see it. By ending Triple H's career, Lesnar's future in WWE would become higher than the sky. In all likelihood, Paul Heyman is going to construct an army to destroy Vince McMahon's love of his life, WWE, and Brock Lesnar is going to be his human wrecking ball.
What else can WWE do with Brock Lesnar? The possibilities are endless. Judging by his buyrates, it's safe to say there is a lot of money to be made with him. Perhaps my favorite idea is to set up a match between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk where CM Punk ends his reign of terror and kicks off a babyface turn akin to Stone Cold Steve Austin where his character hasn't changed. He just wrestles antagonists and the crowd happens to like him.
The same cannot be said for Triple H. If The Game wins, it practically damages Lesnar's credibility as a pre-dominant behemoth just to create a feel-good moment of Lesnar and Heyman receiving their comeuppance, and of course The Game getting his revenge.
Then where does Triple H go? Face Cena? Seen it so many times. Face Sheamus? Eh, seen it, and doesn't need to happen. Undertaker? Same as Cena. The only remotely reasonable thing they still could do is have Triple H put over CM Punk. However, is that worth risking the chance of affecting a character whose image relies heavily on how well he is protected?
Triple H has truly accomplished everything in WWE and it's time to retire and resume his new career as CEO. In the grand scheme of things, it won't generate any money if he wins and won't give a boost to a character that needs one. All it will do is give a feel-good moment that will lack any long-term benefit.
It will be sad to see Triple H go, but it would be a bigger travesty for them to keep him around and ruin something that has so much potential. They nearly ruined the Lesnar character when he not only lost to Cena, but Cena also nearly no-sold the beating he took to boot. If they don't put him over here, this might be the nail in the coffin. It'd make Brock Lesnar the highest-paid jobber who always loses matches and yet WWE builds up to be dangerous.
No one will buy it.