Although it may be predictable at this point, it sets up perfectly and WWE must take advantage of the opportunity now.
Let's get this out of the way now: Brock Lesnar needs to beat Triple H one way or another. He destroyed John Cena at Extreme Rules, but his cockiness cost him the match. That was fine, but we all know Lesnar can't afford to go 0-2 in his first two matches back. The only outcome here is to have him win.
However, just having him defeat Triple H doesn't bode well long-term. If he simply defeats Triple H, we're all expecting a rematch between the two. We don't need to see that, so WWE needs to have a storyline in place to move both men away from each other. The only logical move is to have Michaels screw Triple H and turn heel.
It was rumored back in March by WrestleZone's Justin LaBar that WWE was considering Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 29. Despite seeing this feud several times over the past decade, fans were still excited because everybody knows we would see a potential five-star classic.
Let's be real here, a feud of this magnitude deserves the WrestleMania stage. Yes, they had the WrestleMania XX triple threat classic with Chris Benoit, but HBK and HHH deserve a one-on-one 'Mania match.
Michaels recently inferred in an interview with Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald that he's not opposed to wrestling another match.
“'I don’t have a stance or an outline of what I do or don’t do,” Michaels said. “Obviously, I want to do things that will help. You don’t want to bring me back for no other reason. It would depend on what it was. I am not as young as I once was. Do I think about that stuff? Yeah. It’s one of those things that I know that I can do it. At the same time I can also drink a six pack and be able to drive home, but do I want to give that a whirl? No.
“Yeah, I can fall off this or go through this, but then I end up getting hurt and can’t do my other show. I have other responsibilities. I can’t take piano lessons with my daughter because I’m up with my knee in a brace and pushed my knees too far. I do have to give more thought to that kind of stuff. I can’t just go in with reckless abandonment. At least at this point nobody has even asked about that stuff, so I haven’t really given it that much thought.'”
With The Rock on a collision course with CM Punk or John Cena at the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, the only other person Michaels might wrestle at the grandest stage of them all is Dolph Ziggler. While that would be a phenomenal match, there's still more to be done with the epic HBK-HHH rivalry.
By screwing Triple H vs. Lesnar, Michaels would turn heel and rejuvenate his character. As great as he is and as great as this rivalry has been, Triple H has been the dominant heel while Michaels has been the resilient babyface. It's about time we switch the script.
Clearly HBK has some health concerns, so pairing him with his best friend Triple H, who would surely have his health in mind throughout a match, is only fitting. With Michaels playing the heel, he would be able to adjust his in-ring style. He wouldn't have to fly around or put his body in as many high-risk settings, because that would only force the fans to cheer for him.
Instead, Michaels would have the luxury of playing a more grounded, cerebral performer. This is far different than the HBK we're used to seeing over the past decade, which would add another element to his game and another dimension to this feud.
For those wondering how it would impact Lesnar, perhaps going as far as to say it would make him look weak for needing assistance against Triple H. If anything, it would further his character and Paul Heyman as well. It would make the fans hate them more because they were able to get HBK to turn his back on his best friend.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar will be a brutal and awesome slugfest, but it must lead to more. It needs to lead to Triple H and Shawn Michaels at the Showcase of the Immortals, WrestleMania 29.
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