Andy Soucek recently wrote an insightful article that highlights the central issues with the "Career on the Line" stipulations that underpin the showdown between Triple H and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29.
Critics of the stipulation have suggested that it makes an already predictable win for "The Game" all the more expected, as they have argued that Hunter will not bow out of Wrestling having lost at three WrestleMania's in a row.
As Soucek discusses, the idea that fans should care about somebody who wrestles twice a year retiring is borderline ridiculous, as even if he loses he could no doubt be reinstated into in-ring competition through a cheap storyline.
Perhaps the stipulation is being used to set up a swerve, as if nothing else it has led to people entirely doubting Lesnar's chances on April 7th.
WWE is booking both The Rock and Brock Lesnar for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view because CM Punk will likely be missing the event. There are incorrect reports going around that Rock vs. Brock is scheduled to main event Extreme Rules. Both will be there but there’s no word yet on who they will be wrestling.
If Lesnar was once again taking time away from the company following WrestleMania, a Triple H victory would be excusable and to an extent understandable. However, the fact that "The Next Big Thing" is scheduled for May's pay-per-view means that he should be beating Triple H at MetLife Stadium, regardless of the stipulations.
Moreover, if CM Punk is indeed absent from Extreme Rules, Lesnar will clearly be the company's top heel on the card, so he needs all the momentum he can get heading into his match, regardless of his opponent.
The only way in which a Triple H victory could be used positively is if he sticks around in an in-ring capacity after the Super show, perhaps picking up where was left off with Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett.
Let's not kid ourselves though, Hunter will likely sail off into the sunset until at least SummerSlam, essentially rendering the retirement stipulation meaningless.
Lesnar, if defeated at 'Mania, will almost certainly be booked to pick up a victory over an established babyface at Extreme Rules in order to restore some momentum.
Ultimately, Triple H has nothing to lose by being defeated at WrestleMania, even if his career is technically "on the line."
Having Lesnar go over Hunter is best for business, even if not for a certain ego.