Triple H. The COO of the WWE. 13-time world champion. The Cerebral Assassin.
Brock Lesnar. Three-time WWE Champion. The last WWE Undisputed Champion. Former Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion. The Next Big Thing.
It's not common in the WWE for two people to have shaped history without facing off against each other. But, despite having wrestled in the same era—the Ruthless Aggression Era—as world champions, Triple H and Brock Lesnar have never faced off in singles competition.
However, with the return of Brock Lesnar to Raw on April 2, the entire landscape of the WWE changed.
Historically, in the beginning of "Brand Extension", there was only one major title in the WWE—the WWE Undisputed Championship. Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock in 2002 to win this strap.
The scheduled No. 1 contender to face Brock was Triple H.
Brock Lesnar, however, used a loophole in his contract to make himself and his championship exclusive to SmackDown. This led to Triple H being awarded a new belt—the World Heavyweight Championship by Eric Bischoff, the then GM of Raw.
Both Triple H and Lesnar dominated their respective shows. The Brand Extension effectively prevented them from meeting again.
Then, Brock Lesnar decided to quit the WWE in order to seek greener pastures. He had his stint in the NFL and in MMA, becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion in the process. He retired from UFC in the last week of 2011, before making his way back to the WWE the day after WrestleMania 28.
For two superstars that have not fought one-on-one, Triple H and Brock Lesnar have a lot of history between them. That history encompasses two shows and two world championship titles.
Also, Triple H's wife, former SmackDown GM Stephanie McMahon, has been in several storylines with Brock, including facing him in a match in 2003.
What should the stipulation of HHH vs Lesnar be?
Brock Lesnar can argue that Triple H created a "fake" championship because he could not become the WWE Undisputed Champion. Triple H can argue that Lesnar was a coward to not defend the title on Raw.
Both men have their arguments, both men have a claim to being the best.
The most intriguing aspect of this confrontation is the fact both Lesnar and Triple H are among the best "heels" the WWE has produced.
While Lesnar was mainly a physical brute (nicknamed "The Manster"), Triple H combined his physical presence with an evil, cunning mind as The Cerebral Assassin.
Lesnar vs. Triple H can therefore be a serious battle of body and mind.
One more reason why this match will take place is Triple H's ego.
Both Paul Levesque and his on-screen persona, The Game, are known to have massive egos. Triple H has often seen the need to put himself in the path of superstars before he gives them his blessing to go ahead—the latest Example being CM Punk in 2011.
Lesnar, as a big draw and a major superstar, can expect to meet Triple H in the ring before his one-year WWE contract expires.
Lesnar and Triple H can be a spectacle, especially under the right stipulations. Who wouldn't want to see a Last Man Standing or an Iron Man Match between these two great competitors?
And, that's the final reason this match up will occur—to give the fans a contest that is long overdue.