Monday's Raw opened with a segment that saw Brock Lesnar and Triple H collide, setting up the WrestleMania 29 match many fans saw coming.
Unless WWE has a curveball at the ready, The Game will face the former UFC heavyweight champ in a rematch of the SummerSlam 2012 main event.
Vince McMahon hobbled out to the ring for his scheduled fight with longtime associate of Lesnar, Paul Heyman. McMahon and Heyman soon traded swings with McMahon's crutches. Brock Lesnar's music hit and fans could all but see the story's progression unfold before WWE could tell it.
Triple H came out to protect McMahon, to take revenge for Lesnar twice breaking his arm and setting up a match of WrestleMania.
Lesnar and Triple H's brawl quickly turned bloody when Lesnar's head met the ring post. Lesnar's own blood poured all over him. He soon looked like he'd been running through a slaughterhouse.
The two men's stop-and-start feud was set back to the "on" position.
When Lesnar left WWE after defeating Triple H at SummerSlam and Triple H gave a pseudo-retirement speech, their story didn't feel over. The monster was left unvanquished. The villain's crimes went unpunished.
WWE appears to have just been saving the climax of this collision for the grand stage of WrestleMania.
Pitting Triple H against Lesnar isn't a creative move, but one that makes sense. Giving a less-proven star a shot at Lesnar would have been more exciting, but this is a safe route that stacks star power on star power.
The top of the WrestleMania card is all about name recognition, about crafting matches that will entice the biggest number of fans to the event. The undercard is where the potential show-stealers can shine, where the future stars can make their mark.
The Rock vs. John Cena is set up once again and now Lesnar and Triple H looks to be headed in that direction. Both matches are big parts of a developing WrestleMania that isn't exactly marked by risk.
WrestleMania 29 is a pay-per-view depending heavily on two sequels.
It's the card fans could have predicted well in advance, but one that helps WrestleMania live up to its grandeur.
Regardless of how their match turns out, it's understandable that WWE put these two guys together. Triple H and Brock Lesnar, despite their part-time status, are still among WWE's biggest names.
Whether we saw it coming or not, Triple H and Brock Lesnar now begin to tell their WrestleMania story.
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