Steel Cage Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H
It's taken nearly a full year to get here but the ongoing feud between these two will finally come to a close later on this evening (Sun., May 19, 2013) at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in the main event of the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV).
And it's going down inside a steel cage. That should finish things off for good, right?
The Road to Extreme Rules
This all started when Lesnar made his return to WWE and worked a highly successful match against John Cena at this same PPV just one year ago. It seems like a lot more time has passed since Brock came back but that could be because we've only seen him maybe a total of 20 times since then.
Anyway, seeing Lesnar pop a solid buyrate with Cena made Triple H eager to climb in the ring with artist formerly known as "The Next Big Thing." Well, that and the fact that they never got the chance to work together extensively during Brock's first run with the company from 2002-2004.
They started by having "The Anomaly" -- yes, that's what they're calling Brock now -- force "The Game" to tap at SummerSlam last year with a kimura. They also kayfabed an injury out of the deal, leading to Trips taking an extended vacation under the guise of a retirement.
That's not what happened, of course.
Instead, he returned around the same time Lesnar did and they built towards a showdown at WrestleMania 29 last month. Naturally, "The Cerebral Assassin" got his win back to even the score at one apiece, though it should be noted that winning at WrestleMania is probably bigger than winning at SummerSlam and Extreme Rules combined.
And make no mistake about it, folks, that was definitely done by design.
Now, though, Triple H will likely do the right thing and do the job to Lesnar to lose the series and once again take a step back from the limelight.
What's At Stake?
At a glance, plenty, but upon deeper inspection, sadly, nothing. The reality of the situation is this is a match up between two part time stars who can only ever be bothered to come out of hiding for big money matches or ego caressing encounters.
This is a bit of both.
Triple H is probably going to do the right thing and do the job, but he knows the damage has already been done when he got the better of the two at WrestleMania, the show that actually matters. Now, this is simply Brock getting his win back to take the series 2-1.
But it's not like he's going to look any better for it.