WrestleMania 29 will apparently not take WWE fans back to the days of Owen Hart vs. Ken Shamrock in the Lion's Den.
On Monday's Raw, Brock Lesnar accepted Triple H's challenge for a match at WrestleMania 29. Paul Heyman relayed the fact that this depended on Lesnar being able to pick the stipulation. PWMania reported that WWE discussed having that that stipulation be an MMA-style fight.
Those rumors were quickly squashed.
F4Wonline.com is now reporting (via PWMania.com) that the MMA option is no longer being considered.
Instead, "WWE officials are considering three or four different stipulations but they had not decided on anything as of Monday night's RAW. It's possible we won't find out the stipulation until the March 25th or April 1st RAW."
While Lesnar's MMA experience would lead one to think of involving him in an MMA-style match, it's likely for the best that WWE changed directions.
Triple H doesn't seem like the best fit for that kind of match.
Someone like CM Punk or Daniel Bryan who already infuse MMA into their ring style would make more sense for something like this. Triple H is much more of a traditional pro wrestler.
It's hard to imagine him donning gloves like Lesnar's and trying to box and grapple MMA-style.
Due to how violent The Game's feud has gotten with Lesnar, it's far more likely that the stipulation will be something that allows weapons and illegal moves. Their recent brawl on Raw resulted in Lesnar's head being split open.
Perhaps that signals that their WrestleMania 29 match will be a street fight, hardcore match, last man standing or some other match where the two can bash each other with anything available.
WWE doesn't have to decide on what kind of match these two men have just yet, but the company shouldn't overthink it.
The focus should be more on the story between Lesnar and Triple H. The stipulation should be treated as a bonus, not as the crux of the match's excitement.
It will be intriguing though, to see what WWE eventually comes up with as the gimmick for this match. It could help intrigue fans who aren't all that pumped about this rematch.
Would WWE be willing to go to the Hell in a Cell well again or is there something inventive on the horizon?