When Triple H lost via submission to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, it raised plenty of questions about The Game's future as an in-ring competitor. With that said, Triple H clearly hasn't wrestled his last match, so his next one has to be against the man who seemingly ended his career from a storyline standpoint.
Much of Triple H's career has been about rising from the ashes and overcoming those who have gotten the better of him. Triple H has come back from numerous injuries, including a torn quad and he has slayed many dragons as well, but Lesnar appears to be the one guy who Triple H can't beat.
We haven't heard much from Triple H since SummerSlam, aside from the revelation that he cut his trademark long locks, but that is obviously by design. Triple H delivered a quasi-retirement speech and although he never actually said with certainty that he was hanging up the boots, that promo was meant to make the fans believe that he was.
The Triple H that fans have loved for the past 15 years would never walk away when faced with a challenge, though, so we most definitely haven't seen the last of The Game vs. Lesnar. There were some rumors floating around after SummerSlam that they would meet again at Hell in a Cell. That seems unlikely since there hasn't been any inkling of that happening, but it's only a matter of time.
At the very least, I'm expecting an encounter of some kind at Survivor Series. The most likely scenario is that Lesnar makes his return at Hell in a Cell to help CM Punk retain the WWE Championship against John Cena due to the fact that Punk is now aligned with Lesnar's associate, Paul Heyman.
Sometime between Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series, a match between a Punk-led team and a Cena-led team will be announced. Lesnar will obviously be part of Punk's team, but Cena will have to look for members to join his, and his search will eventually lead him to Triple H. The Game will likely decline at first, but after poking and prodding from Lesnar, he'll ultimately agree.
They'll have some moments where they lock horns during the match, and perhaps they'll eliminate each other by doing battle outside the ring and getting counted out. That would reignite the fire inside Triple H and perhaps set up a match for WrestleMania.
As it currently stands, there aren't many logical opponents for Triple H at WrestleMania. He's still one of the biggest draws on the roster, so he's obviously going to be involved in some way. The Undertaker is out of the question since he lost to him twice in a row, and Shawn Michaels is possible if the rumblings are to be believed, but I'm not necessarily buying him returning for one more match.
With that said, Lesnar may be the only real option. Normally I prefer to see something new and different at WrestleMania, but the Triple H vs. Lesnar match at SummerSlam was generally regarded as a great one, so I would be perfectly fine with a reprisal on the grandest stage of them all.
Also, since WrestleMania marks the end of Lesnar's year-long contract with the company, Triple H can be given the win without it being viewed as a burial by the anti-Triple H audience. I'm sure there will be people who say that Triple H has a massive ego no matter what, but having Triple H get revenge and get the win at WrestleMania would be a fantastic story.
Triple H is obviously in the twilight of his career and is focusing more and more on the business side of things, but he has at least one more firecracker left in him. That isn't to say that a match with Lesnar at WrestleMania will be the swan song for The Game, but it wouldn't be a bad way to go out.