Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H is one of WrestleMania XXIX’s big three feuds, but it shouldn't be.
This rehash is a bad fit for what could be one of the biggest 'Manias of all time.
Their rivalry was resurrected in late January after Lesnar returned and hit Vince McMahon with an F-5.
The Cerebral Assassin would make a comeback himself soon thereafter, and now the two have a marquee match at The Show of Shows.
Unfortunately, there are several problems with this, from timing to character issues.
Here are five reasons why Lesnar vs. Triple H II is a terrible idea.
There's nothing inherently wrong with repeated feuds.
Rivalries can often be better the second and third time around, and the story can be richer and deeper.
Take CM Punk vs. Undertaker in 2009 and compare it to their conflict this year, or The Rock vs. Steve Austin at WrestleMania XV compared to WrestleMania X-7.
It’s the same two superstars, but the program is completely different.
The problem with Lesnar vs. Triple H II is that nothing has changed since their first encounter.
Triple H is still the on-screen COO and part-time wrestler, and Brock Lesnar is still presented as a savage beast who destroys everyone in his path.
Their characters and roles in the company are the same. As a result, their story feels recycled and stale.
The match that Triple H and Lesnar put on at SummerSlam was entertaining, but not enough to justify the re-ignition of their feud.
That means that the buildup to their match needs to truly captivate, but that's almost impossible because we've basically seen it already.
It may sound somewhat redundant to say a character is fake, but it's a problem in this feud.
Brock Lesnar is a legitimate fighting machine, so Triple H is built to look like a badass brawler who can bring the fight to anyone in the world, including Lesnar.
That would have been perfectly fine a few years ago, but right now it just doesn't work.
Part of that is due to The Game’s switching personas.
After seeing Triple H in a suit and tie playing COO for almost two years, it feels forced and fake to see him walk around in jeans and a biker’s leather jacket.
It's understandable to some degree; he's the babyface and should be tough enough to handle Lesnar.
However, it'd make more sense and feel more realistic if he battled with courage and valor instead of brute force.
It instead looks as though WWE is trying to get Triple H over as someone with enough ferocity to out-fight Brock Lesnar.
That's a hard, hard sell.
Brock Lesnar first reappeared on WWE television a little under a year ago, the night after WrestleMania XXVIII.
He's only wrestled two matches since then. We know that he's currently under contract for around another two years.
This means we'll likely get somewhere around six matches out of him between April 8th and WrestleMania 31.
It's a big deal every time Lesnar steps in a ring to wrestle, so it's a bit of a waste to put him in this rematch.
Randy Orton and Sheamus, for instance, are both superstars who would make far more interesting opponents for Lesnar than Triple H.
Randy Orton can't match Lesnar in strength but he can certainly be more manipulative and cold.
Conversely, Sheamus has been built as a brutal brawler since day one, which is the role that Triple H is failing to play.
There are two stipulations for The Cerebral Assassin's match with Lesnar at WrestleMania:
- No Holds Barred
- Triple H's career is on the line
Triple H told the referee of his match with Lesnar at SummerSlam to not disqualify or count out anyone, to simply let them fight. Essentially, it was No Holds Barred.
He lost the match and retired the next night.
Many fans groaned at The Game's heartfelt retirement speech, knowing it was entirely for show to set up a rematch at The Showcase of Immortals.
If there were two stipulations that WWE could choose to further insult the intelligence of their viewing audience, they are certainly the two they chose.
Of all of the reasons why this match is a bad idea, this is the most significant.
It's clear that the entire program is leading to a Triple H win, and for that reason the timing is all wrong.
Lesnar vs. Triple H II should happen, just not at WrestleMania XXIX.
Brock Lesnar lost his return match to John Cena but regained his heat with a win over Triple H.
If Brock hadn't renewed his contract, this would be a good way to send him off. But since he did, this feud should be pushed back.
Why not have Lesnar go over other stars and then have Triple H triumphantly return to defeat the rampaging Lesnar?
Younger stars can then get massive exposure and Lesnar doesn't have to risk losing his edge due to being defeated too many times.
Brock Lesnar broke Triple H's arm, broke Shawn Michael's arm, beat Triple H, broke Vince McMahon's hip and attacked The New Age Outlaws; he should have to play The Game again.
Just not now.
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