One of the most anticipated matches of one of the most exciting Pay Per Views of the year is the match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. These two Goliaths have been antagonizing one another back and forth for months and will come to a head on collision in tonight’s main event. However, there appears to be far more at stake than just a victory at one of the biggest Pay Per Views of the year. Both ideological and storyline conflicts will ensue if Brock Lesnar loses tonight.
The battle between the COO of the WWE and Lesnar is a very obvious portrayal of the working class struggle versus Corporate America. Triple H is the embodiment of the big boss who is looking to put his worker, an outraged Lesnar, in his place. It appears that Lesnar, the worker, is demonized in this storyline by making outrageous demands before his battle with John Cena at Extreme Rules and by hiring Paul Heyman, a man fans love to hate.
It originally came across as Triple H saving the day and protecting the WWE Universe and his workers from the dangerous behemoth that is Brock Lesnar. I did not necessarily see this big business vs. working class subtext in their promos until the 1000th episode of Raw when Stephanie McMahon berated Heyman for speaking about her children.
Her smirk when Heyman stated that she has had everything handed to her on a silver platter and will always get whatever she wants really resonated with me. This made it very clear that Brock Lesnar needs to win this match tonight at SummerSlam, but probably will not. What message will the WWE be sending out to the audience if Triple H loses?
Aside from this ideological battle that will ensue tonight, Brock Lesnar was brought back to the WWE with the idea that he would appear through Wrestlemania 29, this according to Mike Johnson of pwinsider.com. If Triple H wins tonight how will Lesnar be able to maintain the intimidation factor leading up to whatever momentous match is being set up for him at Wrestlemania? Will his plans of wreaking havoc in the company come to an end after losing two main event matches since his return?
Is he going to be the brute who can do massive physical damage but who can be outsmarted in the ring? It was even indicated, according to pwinisder.com that as of right now there are no immediate plans for Triple H to continue his program with Brock Lesnar. This would mean that Brock Lesnar needs to establish some dominance in the ring with this match or else the same fear may not be instilled in future competitors after Triple H.
Even if you don’t buy into the ideological subtext of the storyline between these two powerhouses, you cannot deny that Lesnar needs to pull off a win tonight to keep him relevant and to keep the momentum up for whatever the WWE has in store for him this year.