WWE Summerslam 2012: Why Brock Lesnar Has to Defeat Triple H

Travis WakemanFeatured Columnist IVJuly 30, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

The 25th annual installment of WWE's second-biggest pay-per-view of the calendar year, Summerslam, is just under three weeks away and there is only one match officially signed to this point, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.

This is turning into a very anticipated match and even though it involves two very part-time competitors and no titles, it could headline the show, much like the way Lesnar did at Extreme Rules against John Cena.

Thousands of fans tuned in to WWE Monday Night Raw the night after Extreme Rules and either got up and cheered in excitement or watched in disbelief as a confrontation involving Lesnar, Triple H and John Laurinaitis turned ugly and Brock got Triple H in a dangerous kimura lock, "breaking" his arm.

This helped set the groundwork for the match that will now take place inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

After a few attempts to lure Lesnar into the match, which according to his representative, Paul Heyman, he didn't want, Triple H got some help from his wife Stephanie McMahon and the pair goaded Lesnar into the match.

After a great exchange between Heyman and Stephanie, she attacked him, and that brought out Lesnar. Triple H and Lesnar squared off and both got in some good shots, but The Game was able to clothesline him out of the ring to get the better of him, making their pending bout even more intriguing.

In the weeks leading to the event, WWE will hopefully make it even more interesting, but the fact that the two men have never met in the ring, despite both being huge stars during Lesnar's first stint with the company, is reason alone to be excited for the match.

But, there is only one way this match can finish if WWE is smart...and that's with a Lesnar victory.

What does Triple H have to gain from a victory? He's now helping to run the company from behind the scenes as he and the Chief Operating Officer have made his name in the ring, achieving virtually everything.

Lesnar, on the other hand, is reportedly being groomed for a major match at WrestleMania 29 and another loss here would be costly. How are fans supposed to believe he's worthy of that spot if he hasn't won a match in eight and a half years? Keep in mind the fact that many current fans may not even know of his WWE past.

Lesnar needs a major victory to gain some steam as we head toward WrestleMania 29. Unless Lesnar signs another contract between now and then, that match in New York could be his last.

Sure, WWE could stick it to him for walking out on them in 2004 and have him lose every match, but what's the sense in that? From a business standpoint, it's best to have him get this win.

If WWE is serious about having Lesnar face The Rock at WrestleMania or challenging The Undertaker for his legendary streak, then he must win this match. Lesnar on a losing streak heading into WrestleMania is not good business.

For those who thought Lesnar being defeated by John Cena at Extreme Rules was bad, watching him lose to Triple H at Summerslam might just be intolerable.