Triple H and Brock Lesnar will probably emerge from their WrestleMania 29 encounter battered, bruised and bloodied. Knowing how important their match is to the success of the year's biggest wrestling event should make it worth the pain.
The reason it's so vital to the show's success is its unpredictability.
Of the three biggest matches on the card, which also features The Rock defending the WWE Championship against John Cena, and CM Punk trying to end The Undertaker's streak, it's the only one that could go either way.
Prevailing wisdom says Cena will defeat The Rock, avenging his defeat from last year and moving back into his usual role as the top dog. In the other marquee match, Undertaker will almost definitely move to 21-0 at WrestleMania by beating Punk.
If either of those results are reversed, it would be a massive surprise. It doesn't mean those matches aren't intriguing and won't have a lot of false finishes to build up the tension. But, in the end, Cena and Taker are highly likely to come out on top.
When Triple H and Lesnar head to the ring, that assumption of a result won't be nearly as strong. There are multiple situations that could lead to either superstar coming out on top.
For Triple H, a win in the no-holds-barred battle would mean his career as an active wrestler remains alive. The added retirement stipulation makes it more interesting because there's a feeling that tonight could represent his final match.
Shawn Michaels will also be in his corner to offset the presence of Paul Heyman. The longtime buddies illustrated some great chemistry during Triple H's loss to Undertaker last year. Michaels will probably find a way to get involved in one way or another.
Of course, that's led to some talk about Michaels, who's also storyline retired, actually costing Triple H the match and setting up some type of feud down the line—perhaps at next year's WrestleMania through some type of double-retirement loophole.
Then there's the presence of Heyman, whose list of past cronies includes The Shield and Brad Maddox. They could always use his connections to help take down Triple H and Michaels, although it would have to result in Lesnar looking strong as well.
All told, the list of possible outcomes is seemingly endless. That, along with the warfare that's likely to ensue both inside and outside the ring, should make for a memorable match.
The best move would be sending them out pretty early in the show. Potentially start it within the first hour to help set the tone for the rest of the night's matches. It would go a long way in getting the huge MetLife Stadium crowd involved.
If Triple H and Lesnar succeed, it would set the tone for the entire night. If the match fell short of the hype, it could signal a disappointing night ahead. That's a lot of pressure.
Those circumstances also show how critical the match will be to the success of the entire show.
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