With Triple H set to appear on Monday's edition of Raw, his future as well as that of Brock Lesnar figures to be addressed. The WWE has tried to make the fans believe that The Game is going to retire after losing to Lesnar at SummerSlam, but I'm inclined to believe that they will have another match against each other.
According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestleZone), original plans called for Triple H and Lesnar to have a rematch at Survivor Series in November, but now it is believed that they will wrestle at Hell in a Cell in October instead.
This is, of course, nothing more than speculation at this point, but I feel like having the match at Hell in a Cell rather than Survivor Series would be a big mistake. Although Survivor Series has clearly lost some of its luster over the years, it is still considered one of the "big four" pay-per-views and should be treated as such with a big-time match like Lesnar vs. Triple H.
Lesnar announced last week that he was leaving the WWE forever since he had nothing left to accomplish, but Lesnar has already come back once from such a declaration, so it's obvious that is just part of the storyline. As for Triple H, I have a hard time believing that he'll retire on such a sour note and figure his last match will be at WrestleMania, whether it's this year or further down the line.
The WWE is in kind of a tough spot with Lesnar, because while it wants to conserve his dates for the Royal Rumble and the build toward WrestleMania, it also doesn't want to keep him off television for too long or it risks robbing him of the momentum gained after beating Triple H in the first place.
With that said, it would be logical for him to have one more match between now and Royal Rumble. Perhaps there is a legion of fans that doesn't want to see Lesnar vs. Triple H again, but there isn't another logical opponent. Lesnar vs. John Cena has already been done, CM Punk is essentially a heel and guys like Sheamus and Randy Orton aren't credible enough right now to be sensible opponents.
It feels like Triple H vs. Lesnar is going to happen again regardless, but it's all a matter of when and where. I'm sure that Triple H will call Lesnar out and ask for a rematch on Raw, but we probably won't hear from Lesnar again for a few weeks at least. The longer Lesnar's absence goes, however, the more likely it becomes that the match will indeed be at Survivor Series.
Prior to last year, Survivor Series seemed like just another pay-per-view since the four-on-four team concept was destroyed several years ago, but having John Cena and The Rock team together changed that.
Survivor Series at Madison Square Garden was a huge deal, and I thought that it might signal the re-emergence of it as a huge event, but perhaps I was wrong.
Having Triple H vs. Lesnar headline the Survivor Series card would basically ensure two consecutive Survivor Series of note and that would bode well for it moving forward. Maybe the WWE figures that Survivor Series will sell itself, but a fringe pay-per-view like Hell in a Cell needs a marquee main event in order to garner interest.
Whatever the case, this becomes an issue of semantics in a lot of ways. If the WWE truly cares about Survivor Series and wants it to matter again moving forward, then Triple H and Lesnar will probably do battle in November. If that isn't a concern on the WWE's part, though, then I suppose that doing it at Hell in a Cell works too.
As an old-school wrestling fan who appreciates the original pay-per-views that rose to prominence, however, I would much prefer it if Survivor Series featured the rematch. The way things are built and booked en route to the match are ultimately more important, but I have to believe that holding it at Survivor Series would make for more of a big-match environment as well.