What is more important to the future of WWE? Creating stars or padding Triple H's ego?
Sunday night we found out the answer to that question.
The future boss outsmarted and outfought one of the legitimate toughest men on the planet. He locked him in his own kimura armbar and had the former UFC champ screaming for help.
With his epic win last night, Hunter is now set to take on other top stars in the WWE like John Cena, Mark Henry and CM Punk.
No wait. He won't.
Well, maybe he'll use the rub he got from defeating Brock Lesnar to help out the careers of guys like Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.
No, that's not going to happen either. Hunter is just going to go away, back to his full time behind-the-scenes job.
Not one single wrestler on the entire roster will benefit from that match. The core characters who work every show, that we watch every week, are no better or worse off from last night.
And the millions paid to Brock Lesnar to fight three times over the past year have now been effectively and decisively flushed down the toilet.
What's next for Brock? Who cares? A 43-year-old extreme part-time COO/wrestler is tougher than him.
Remember, according to HHH last year, he and Undertaker were the two last smash mouth wrestlers alive. This is why HHH was able to so easily dispose of Wade Barrett, The Intercontinental Champion, in mere seconds.
He's just not in his boss' league.
There is no dragon that the boss man can't slay. His character is positioned better than anyone we see on weekly WWE television. He just doesn't feel like still wrestling, and it's never been explained why. We can only assume it's because he thinks no one on the current roster would give him a challenge.
So why should fans pay to see today's talent when the best are gone? That is the question that WWE has failed to answer over the past few years.
They also needed to give a satisfactory answer as to why Hunter and Lesnar were booked again. Was anyone outside of HHH really clamoring for it?
Just listen to the crowd reaction for Lesnar/HHH last night. Who would have imagined one year ago (when Lesnar debuted) how apathetic the crowd would have been for a match of his at WrestleMania?
The WWE has no one to blame but themselves. They brought in Lesnar to his lose his very first match back, and then he lost his third. An unimpressive 1-2 record.
WWE hired Brock Lesnar for huge money and then proceeded to push him like a regular old WWE wrestler, and not like an unstoppable beast. Getting a legitimate monster like Lesnar, who was willing to return to WWE, was a once in a lifetime get, and they completely blew it.
He should have ran through the roster until WWE either built up a huge match with him against Cena or had someone new ready to stop him. Ideally, he should have destroyed Hunter in a minute his first match in. That would have given people something to talk about. That would have fans clamoring to see someone, anyone, stop The Next Big Thing.
That opportunity is long gone though. It's back to business as usual.
WrestleMania is over, and now it's time for the same old, same old. Hunter and the rest of management forgot to give the fans any reason to get excited for the upcoming months.
Randy Orton is still a face, John Cena will dominate the competition again and Dolph Ziggler will continue to job until he decides to cash in his briefcase.
Isn't it just time for something new?
It's a pretty crazy world when the top babyface in all of WWE can't stand in the middle of the ring after WrestleMania to soak up the cheers. Fans were angry, and now they're feeling complacent.
WWE had multiple chances to do something to get people talking. One of those opportunities was to get Brock Lesnar back on the right path. Have him retire the guy who only wrestles twice a year anyway.
Hopefully it was all worth it, and Hunter is enjoying himself right now. He got to live out an on-screen fantasy that only cost the company millions of dollars and countless future pay-per-view buys.
Not only did he stop the monster, but his character got to win his retirement match unlike his friends Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. He proved to us all that he's the ultimate badass. That must mean he's one of the all-time greats like them too, right?
Unfortunately for the boss, history can't be written by one person alone. And history will most likely show that Lesnar's return to WWE was a colossal waste of time and money.