At WrestleMania 29 on April 7, Triple H is scheduled to take on Brock Lesnar in one of the most highly anticipated matches on the card.
The match will be a remake of the duo’s SummerSlam bout, which saw Triple H fall to Lesnar clean.
The bout was confirmed on Monday’s Raw. Lesnar, accompanied by Heyman, stormed out to the ring during the New Age Outlaws’ match with Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow and took out Triple H’s good friends in a brutal assault. Heyman then got on the mic and accepted the challenge on his client’s behalf.
Credit to WWE, the Lesnar/Triple H feud has been booked impeccably well.
We buy Lesnar as a fearsome monster heel—and having Paul Heyman speak for him helps greatly. Likewise, Triple H is truly sympathetic in his role as a reasonable authority figure who knows he doesn’t really have a place in the ring anymore but is compelled to get back into it by Lesnar’s heinous actions.
Indeed, it’s so great that it is clear that the Lesnar feud—and the WrestleMania match—would be absolutely the perfect high note for Triple H to end his career on.
You see, Triple H’s time in the ring has almost certainly passed.
Oh, some would argue that he can still perform at a high level and—unlike other part-timers—hasn’t embarrassed himself as a wrestler, so he should stick around. Hey, WWE needs all the stars it can get, after all.
But examining the situation, now is surely the time for him to hang up his boots.
For one thing, he’s 43 now, and it remains to be seen how much longer his body will hold up. On a personal level, wrestling may simply not look as appealing for Paul Levesque as it once did.
There’s also the fact that, after nearly 15 years on top, Triple H has probably done everything he ever will as a character.
Fans have seen him play it all. He’s been the corporate heel, the aggressive heel, the rebellious anti-hero, the valiant babyface and, now, the honourable authority figure eager to protect to his family.
The man has done it all. What else does he have to offer? It’s time to let someone else bathe in the spotlight.
On a practical level, Triple H really does need to put all his effort into his new real-life corporate duties.
Taking over from his father-in-law is not going to be easy, and he is going to have spend the next few years learning everything he can about the details of the business in preparation for the day he is finally in charge. That's not going to be easy, and he really does not need the distraction of still performing in-ring duties.
Sure, hanging out in stuffy boardroom meetings may not be able to compare to the rush and adrenaline of competing in front of thousands of people, but it’s time the C.O.O. got his priorities right.
Whatever the result of the WrestleMania bout, whether he wins or loses, it will be time for Triple H to step back from wrestling.
Having surely done all he can as a wrestler, it’s time for him to concentrate on his corporate role and WWE’s future. His meaningful contributions to the company will surely be behind the scenes from this point on.