Good Ol' Johnny Laurinaitis got some screen time on the Extreme Rules PPV, and by the end of the night, his appearance did one thing: It promoted an appearance by Triple H on Monday Night Raw.
Laurinaitis did not go into much detail about the specifics of the phone call between the two of them, but it was most definitely a business-related conversation.
As we were conveniently reminded of last night, Triple H is still the COO of the WWE, meaning his main interests in the company these days are related to business and the bottom line. That being said, The Game is probably not too thrilled about Laurinaitis agreeing to Brock Lesnar's outlandish demands last week.
It seems that the feud between John Cena and Brock Lesnar is over. Whether he was actually hurt in the match or not, Cena may very well be off television for the foreseeable future. If the rumors are true, man does he deserve the break.
John Cena has been doing this just about every day since returning from injury at Survivor Series 2008, and whether you love or hate him, you cannot deny his dedication. Time off from injuries would be well deserved and aptly timed, as his massive feud with The Rock has completed and he has beaten Brock Lesnar.
Therefore, Brock needs a new opponent, and judging by the reactions from the locker room and the actions of Lesnar, I would be shocked to see him putting over a young guy anytime soon. You might be able to see that with The Rock, but with Lesnar, things are a bit more clear cut: This is about the money.
Triple H is the veteran who could give Lesnar another high-profile feud, which is the kind they pay $5 million a year to see. The Cerebral Assassin had a touching moment at WrestleMania, and while retirement speculation has run rampant, I do not think Triple H is done with his in-ring career just yet.
Lesnar and Triple H were the faces of Raw and SmackDown in late 2002 and 2003, and because of that, their paths never crossed. It would be a new and fresh feud between two guys who have been around for quite some time.
This could be a slow-burning feud, with the payoff coming at SummerSlam. Brock will constantly deny management and continue these demands, and Triple H will get more and more involved until he finally snaps and gets physical.
A feud like this could be excellent if properly done, and the two men must be careful not to rush anything. While a match between the two would be nice to see at the next PPV, the buildup should be longer in order to be well-executed.
So, will Triple H be Brock Lesnar's next opponent? With The Game seemingly appearing on Raw, interactions between the two is highly likely, and it will be very interesting to see what drama unfolds.