It’s essentially guaranteed that Brock Lesnar will lose to Triple H at WrestleMania, but Lesnar’s future beyond the biggest pay-per-view of the year is still up in the air.
One of the biggest criticisms about the predictability surrounding Lesnar vs. Triple H is that another loss will hurt Lesnar’s appeal and that his feuds that follow won’t seem as special. What’s even more worrisome right now is what a loss to Triple H might do for Lesnar’s future immediately after Mania.
News broke last week that both The Rock and Lesnar would be working Extreme Rules next week to give the show some added star power, but Lesnar’s role on the show hasn’t been made clear. What is pretty clear, though, is that whatever he’s going to do at Extreme Rules will likely have to be set up at WrestleMania 29.
The big question, of course, is exactly what Lesnar will be doing at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view because there are so many different routes the creative team can take.
One possibility that has to be considered is—as dreadful as this may sound—Triple H vs. Lesnar III. If, let’s say, Triple H beats Lesnar at WrestleMania to avoid retirement, perhaps Lesnar challenges Triple H to yet another match that features even more crazy stipulations this time around.
Fortunately, though, the WWE probably isn’t dumb enough to have this match take place a third time when hardly anyone’s really dying to see the rematch. In all likelihood, the WWE will choose to go in a different direction, but there really aren’t any possible storylines that immediately jump out at you.
One possibility, however, is that Lesnar loses his match to Triple H somewhere in the first half of the WrestleMania card, goes crazy and winds up interfering in one of the other main event matches later on. After all, it would make sense for Lesnar to interfere in either CM Punk vs. The Undertaker or The Rock vs. John Cena.
The former scenario is a very logical one because both Lesnar and Punk are clients of Paul Heyman, and yet, we’re still waiting to see all three men appear on-screen at the same time. Perhaps the WWE is waiting to pull the trigger on this until WrestleMania, when an enraged Lesnar interferes on behalf of Punk to try to help him end “The Streak.”
Lesnar doesn’t necessarily have to be successful in that attempt, as the WWE could choose to have him inadvertently cost Punk the match or purposely do so. Either way, this could be done to set up either Lesnar vs. Undertaker at Extreme Rules (unlikely because this would probably be saved for WrestleMania 30) or Punk vs. Lesnar at Extreme Rules (a little more likely if Punk isn’t written off of TV).
Truth be told, there are countless scenarios involving Punk, Lesnar and Undertaker that could play out at Extreme Rules depending upon what happens at WrestleMania 29. It’s up to the WWE creative team to find a logical way to make this work, which would be hard to do since neither Undertaker nor Punk appears to be in the Extreme Rules plans—at least wrestling-wise.
When you consider all of these factors, you have to wonder if the WWE will choose to go a different route and insert Lesnar into the WWE Championship picture at WrestleMania 29 instead.
According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, one of the perks of Lesnar’s new two-year contract with the WWE was a guaranteed World title reign, and if this is indeed true, then WrestleMania 29 could serve as the launching pad for Lesnar’s rise to the World title scene.
Everyone has pegged Cena as the winner of his WWE Championship match with The Rock, but what about the possibility of Lesnar interfering and changing those plans? What if Lesnar costs Cena (the guy he faced at Extreme Rules last year), or what if he actually costs The Rock?
Ever since both The Rock and Lesnar came back to the WWE, it’s been assumed by most that the former rivals would eventually wrestle each other again. In fact, there are even reports that these two will indeed clash on pay-per-view in the near future.
According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), there is a strong possibility that we could see The Rock vs. Lesnar at either SummerSlam or WrestleMania 30 next year. At least one of those situations figures to play out—that is, unless the WWE has this match take place at Extreme Rules instead.
While it would be questionable for the WWE to have a match as huge as Lesnar vs. The Rock on a B-level pay-per-view, it certainly wouldn’t be unprecedented. We saw a major match like this happen at Extreme Rules just last year when Lesnar shockingly returned after WrestleMania to take on Cena.
You’ve always heard to never say never in the wrestling business, so we shouldn’t dismiss any of these match possibilities as just that: Possibilities.
If Punk is really going to miss Extreme Rules like many think he will, the WWE is going to need to do something big to make up for missing one of its top draws. It’s already attempting to do that by reportedly bringing in both Lesnar and The Rock for the PPV, but it can take it even a step further.
If we get Lesnar vs. The Rock, Lesnar vs. Cena or a match of similar magnitude, then Extreme Rules could be well on its way to being one of the most successful B-level PPVs in recent memory.
Either way, though, it looks like Lesnar is going to Extreme Rules, and if he’s going to be at the pay-per-view, he’s going to wrestle on it. Just whom he wrestles at the PPV is the only question we have, but the possibilities really are endless.
Rock? Cena? Punk? Have your choice, but rest assured that Lesnar is going to be in a major match at next month’s Extreme Rules PPV.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!