I hate to burst the collective bubble of those pro wrestling fans and analysts who find it unfathomable that Brock Lesnar could go 0-2 in matches upon his return to WWE, but he will lose to Triple H this Sunday at SummerSlam.
Some will find it blasphemous that the monstrous Lesnar could possibly lose consecutive pay-per-view matches. There are a few reasons, though, why I think that Lesnar—much like he did against John Cena at this past April’s Extreme Rules—will come up short against The Game.
First of all, if Lesnar were to emerge victorious at SummerSlam, it would spit in the face of one of pro wrestling’s all-time tried and true storyline formulas.
In a typical face and heel feud, the heel will often resort to dirty and thuggish tactics in order to gain an upper hand on the clean-cut babyface. Many times, these tricks will be so effective that it will appear that good will lose out to evil.
But as astute wrestling fans know, in the end, good almost always prevails in pro wrestling. Heck, the WWE has cashed in on that formula with faces like John Cena for years. So tell me, why will SummerSlam will be any different?
Triple H will win and overcome the thuggish tactics of Lesnar and his representative, the eloquent Paul Heyman. He has to exact revenge for his best friend, Shawn Michaels.
The Heartbreak Kid’s arm was viciously broken by Lesnar (via his lethal Kimura submission lock) on the go-home edition of Raw, just months after Triple H’s arm was broken in the same manner.
If Triple H doesn’t teach Lesnar a lesson for his unspeakable actions and defeat him at SummerSlam, then the whole good prevailing over evil thing takes a serious hit in the credibility department.
And let’s not forget that Triple H is likely the heir apparent to take over the multimillion-dollar sports entertainment empire that is WWE. That’s one of the many perks you get for marrying Stephanie McMahon in real life.
Brock Lesnar or not, if I were in Triple H’s position, why would I ever put anyone over? Come to think of it, when’s the last time Paul Levesque put over any wrestler?
As far as I can recall, the last one was the late Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX, and that was eight years ago.
And for those thinking that this storyline has “swerve” written all over it, there’s just one problem there: It’s not really a swerve if nobody is surprised by the outcome.
It wouldn’t be all that shocking if Lesnar were to beat Triple H on Sunday. Lesnar is one of the few wrestlers on the WWE roster that match up to The Game physically and in terms of in-ring accomplishments. So you can throw the swerve theory out the window.
The same goes for the theory that Lesnar’s credibility is diminished if he loses again on Sunday. Please.
John Cena hasn’t held the WWE title in over a year, and he’s as popular as ever. Chris Jericho hasn’t won a big match since his return to WWE. That isn’t blocking his inevitable path to the WWE Hall of Fame one day.
How is Lesnar any less feared and respected with a loss at SummerSlam? If I ran into a Lesnar in a dark alley, will the fact that he’s winless this year make me quiver in my shoes any less?
That’s all the more reason why The Game will reign in Los Angeles on Sunday night.