Brock Lesnar is one of the most popular and controversial Superstars that WWE has ever seen.
His skill and ability in the ring are legendary, and the matches he had during his run are Hall of Fame worthy. And when he returns yet again, this time for WrestleMania 29, fans will likely all be asking who his opponent will be.
For me, there is no mystery: The man standing across the ring from Brock at Mania will be Triple H.
Of course, not everyone agrees. The typical names being thrown around include The Rock, Undertaker and even Ryback.
Ryback would be a unique choice and would make for a high-profile, high-impact match. Still, I feel it will be The Game who will square off against the former UFC champion.
Though The Rock is a first-ballot WWE Hall of Famer, he is not full time in the company and has not been in quite some time. Facing Brock on the grandest stage of them all is definitely a big deal, but it does nothing for the product as a whole.
Undertaker is a very strong option, as he and Brock have had what was perceived to be some real heat in the past. Add to this the fact that Taker’s style has been heavily influenced by MMA in recent years, and you have what many fans feel is the ideal WrestleMania bout.
But as with The Rock, there are no long-lasting ramifications for WWE if Taker faces Brock.
Undertaker is still employed by the company and is not making a living outside of the business, but he is only seen once a year. He only performs at WrestleMania. Lesnar is an obvious threat to the streak, but so is John Cena, who I believe could be the one to face The Deadman at Mania.
Ryback could be the dark horse in the running to work Brock Lesnar. Though Ryback is not an overly popular choice, Brock could do a lot for the rising Superstar and help him gain more credibility in his WWE career.
But Ryback is still very new to the main-event mix, and wrestling Brock Lesnar may be deemed by Vince McMahon to be too much too soon. Could Ryback really handle the spotlight and come out of it stronger with more crowd support than ever before?
Triple H, on the other hand, is very used to the bright lights of WrestleMania. Having one last showdown with the Next Big Thing on that stage could be the best option of them all.
Back in August on the night after SummerSlam, we all witnessed Triple H in the ring on Monday Night Raw, giving what appeared to be a retirement speech.
Though he never made the retirement official, Hunter’s frustration with having lost to Brock the night before had consumed him to the point that he believed he had to step back. With tears in his eyes, he acknowledged the fans, conveyed his disappointment, then walked away.
If that does not reek of unfinished business, I don’t know what does.
Triple H’s character needs a rematch with Brock Lesnar. He needs redemption against the man who “broke” his arm, threatened his livelihood and physically destroyed his best friend, Shawn Michaels.
Hunter needs one more shot to prove that he still has it, that he is still The Game and that he can still get it done for himself and his company.
But what about the point I spoke of earlier, of doing something to help the WWE product in the long run? Again, Brock is not a full-time WWE Superstar, and Triple H is not even an in-ring competitor anymore. Where is the payoff in these two guys facing each other at WrestleMania 29?
The easy answer is the most obvious one. This match is not just about settling old scores on the WrestleMania stage. This match is about selling the event and lifting the star power up as high as it can possibly go.
Brock Lesnar versus Triple H is a main-event match on any card anywhere in the world, and thanks to the WWE promotional machine, the same will be true at WrestleMania 29.
This matchup makes the most sense, and the company can likely do the most with it. But is it too safe?
Is Triple H the safe, easy choice for Brock Lesnar? On WWE’s biggest night of the year, when the top stars get their opportunity to shine and mix it up in matches that fans have always wanted to see, do the masses really want Brock Lesnar and Triple H at WrestleMania?
It’s still very early in the game to actually predict the Mania card, which means it could all play out any number of ways. But for me, Brock Lesnar facing Triple H is still the match that makes the most sense.
Neither Hunter nor Brock are strangers to the “big match.” They know what it means to step it up and put on a show for fans, especially on the pay-per-view stage. And if WrestleMania is about putting on a show, then who better to make that happen?