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WWE SummerSlam 2012 Results: Do You Owe Triple H an Apology?

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Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2015

Brock Lesnar defeated Triple H in a very slow but effective match in terms of long-term booking. Lesnar's decisive victory came when he surprisingly made the Game tap out, thus extinguishing long-looming fear of cynics who felt that this angle was building toward what would have been an unproductive victory for Triple H.

With Lesnar back to his winning ways, the wheels on the WWE bus will continue to turn; however, as one of those aforementioned cynics, I'd be remiss if I didn't at least revisit a justified yet incorrect sentiment that politics would play a factor in an impending downfall for Lesnar.

To be fair, my particular cynicism toward this angle was directed more at a shoddy buildup which positioned Brock Lesnar as a coward rather than a bona fide monster. 

This is a man who has proven to be a draw in his truest form as a legitimately fierce mixed martial artist. Only time will tell whether or not this new, more inexplicable approach to booking Brock Lesnar will work for the WWE.

But despite the fact that Triple H has once again done the job in a big-match scenario, he still seems to have trouble shaking a reputation for not doing what's right for business and losing when it would mean the most to the opposition. 

Following a controversial win over Booker T at WrestleMania XIX—in a match where many felt Booker T should have gone over given Triple H being booked as a racially insensitive heel—Triple H spent his next four WrestleManias on his back as he would be on the losing side of pivotal victories for Chris Benoit, Batista, John Cena and Randy Orton

Triple H has proven over recent history to know when to do good business when it comes to putting over talent who can make the WWE money in the long run. Yet he was still faced with the same skepticism regarding whether or not he would actually lose to Brock Lesnar in the very first encounter between the two WWE stars.

Triple H even threw in the all-too-familiar retirement tease as he pantomimed the words "goodbye" while slowly retreating to the WWE locker room, his arm dragging by his side as he sold a storyline injury from Lesnar's dangerous Kimura lock. 

We've apparently seen the last of Triple H in the ring for a while, which will be another feather in the cap for Lesnar should the WWE prove to logically promote him as a legit tough guy. 

The next time Triple H does get in the ring for a big match, however, all cynics should heed this most recent example of sound judgment on the part of the Game.

What grades did Big Nasty give each SummerSlam match? Find out here, then follow Big Nasty on Twitter @ThisIsNasty!

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