WWE SummerSlam 2012: Is This the End of Triple H?

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIAugust 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Triple H attends a press conference to announce a major international event at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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SummerSlam 2012 saw its fair share of surprises. Antonio Cesaro ended Santino Marella's horrible reign as United States Champion. Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler in what could be Jericho's last match for a while.

Other than those two events, the rest of the card seemed pretty predictable. The four title matches on the main card saw the champions retain. 

The main event was the most hyped match on the card: Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H.

This match has been built up since the end of April. It went from just Lesnar and Triple H to including Paul Heyman, Shawn Michaels and the Billion Dollar Princess, Stephanie McMahon.

During the pre-show, Triple H met with referee Scott Armstrong and told him to let them fight, no disqualifications, no count-outs.

The match wasn't as close to the intensity Lesnar and Cena had, but it wasn't a bad match, either. They fought inside and outside the ring. Lesnar kept applying the Kimura to the injured arm of Triple H. The Game was able to fight out of it a few times and connected with a couple of Pedigrees.

The match ended after Triple H landed a Pedigree and went for a pin. As Triple H bent down for the pin, Lesnar caught him in the submission hold in the middle of the ring. The Game had no choice but to tap.


Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in only his second match of the year. Lesnar and Heyman quickly left the ring as Triple H sold the submission. He refused help from medical officials.

It looked like WWE wanted the fans to give Triple H a standing ovation for his efforts. However, a "you tapped out!" chant broke out. Triple H mouthed the words "I'm sorry" as he began to leave the ring. He shook some fans' hands and hugged a little boy saying, "I'm sorry buddy."

He looked defeated, disappointed and broken. He turned his back to the crowd and walked to the back as Lawler said, "I think he just said goodbye."

Lawler's statement poses the question: Is this really the end of Triple H's career?

If it truly is, then this was a poor way to send him off. He deserves a proper sendoff just like Shawn Michaels or Ric Flair had after WrestleMania, especially for the way he carried the WWE from 2002-2005 as its top heel.

Yet, is there anything else for the King of Kings to do? He's an eight-time WWE champion, five-time World champion, five-time Intercontinental champ, two-time European champ. He's also a three-time tag champ, 1997 King of the Ring winner and 2002 Royal Rumble winner.

He's had Matches of the Year with Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, just to name a few. There isn't anything the Cerebral Assassin hasn't accomplished. 

Triple H is arguably one of the top 20 superstars of all time. I would be surprised if this was Triple H's last match.

I feel he deserves one final WrestleMania match. Who would it be against? Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho are two names that come to mind. He could also face a younger star to put them over.

I certainly don't think this is Triple H's last match. I think we'll see him on Raw, but he'll disappear for a while after that.

I'm curious to read your comments about SummerSlam. Was this Triple H's final match, and who would you book him against in his last match?