When Triple H lost to Brock Lesnar by way of the Kimura Lock at SummerSlam on Sunday night, there is no question that it broke the pride and spirit of The Game. According to WWE.com, however, Lesnar's assault may have broken more than just intangible qualities.
WWE.com is reporting that Lesnar once again broke Triple H's left arm, which is the same one he broke with the Kimura Lock back on April 30. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler wondered aloud after the match whether it might have been Triple H's last hurrah, and perhaps the news of a broken arm is a precursor of what's to come on RAW.
The arm is obviously broken in a kayfabe sense just as it was about four months ago, but the WWE wanted to continue playing up Lesnar's brutality. He "broke" Shawn Michaels' arm last week as well and I believe all of that collectively will prompt Triple H to announce his retirement from in-ring competition tonight.
It seems like the creative team realizes that it made a bit of a mistake by having John Cena go over Lesnar at Extreme Rules, so everything that has been done over the past couple weeks has been for the purpose of getting Lesnar over as a legitimate threat. Being the guy who forces The Game into retirement would certainly be big for Lesnar's reputation moving forward.
Most would probably agree that Lesnar is going to face either The Undertaker or The Rock at WrestleMania, so he needed some momentum in order to look credible again. Aside from The Undertaker's Hell's Gate two WrestleManias ago, I can't remember many occasions in which Triple H has tapped out, so making Triple H give up, breaking his arm and making him retire is like a hat trick for Lesnar.
There are a few ways that things could possibly take shape on Monday, but I do suspect that Triple H will "retire." Michaels is scheduled to appear via satellite as well, and although he will try to talk his best friend out of it, Triple H will talk about how he is no longer the Cerebral Assassin and how he can no longer hang with the toughest guys in the game like he used to.
Triple H's retirement will only be temporary, though, and the broken arm angle will allow him to remain off television for the foreseeable future. At some point, though, Michaels is going to lure Triple H back into action. There have been rumors regarding a Michaels vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania since back in April, and I'm a firm believer that it will, in fact, happen.
Michaels has been appearing on WWE programming a lot more than he has since retiring and it wouldn't surprise me if he has the itch to get back in the ring one last time. His overtures to force Triple H back into action may be subtle at first, but we might see a quasi-heel turn at some point with HBK hitting Triple H with a Sweet Chin Music in order to change his mind.
Everything will then come to a head with a match at WrestleMania between the originators of D-Generation X, perhaps for the final time for either of them. From a real-life perspective, I believe that Triple H does plan to retire, but he likely told Michaels that he absolutely wants his final match to be against him on the grandest stage of them all.
Michaels will oblige and it should lead to yet another classic encounter. The broken arm angle is going to lead to a kayfabe retirement tonight in all likelihood, but it won't last. Triple H's days as an in-ring competitor are coming to an end, but that ending won't occur until WrestleMania.