A WWE Extreme Rules rubber match will be just the fourth contest Brock Lesnar has participated in since returning to the WWE—and the third against Triple H. This ongoing feud will once again draw a lot of attention to pro wrestling, but Lesnar will cap off the narrative arc by defeating his nemesis.
After laying waste to the Three Man Band in a vicious attack, Lesnar challenged his foe to the matchup through his confidant, Paul Heyman, on Monday evening's episode of Raw:
Some fans may be growing tired of seeing the two stars clash in the ring, but the impassioned rant by Heyman should only help enhance hype around the fight. As it is, this issued challenge should settle the dispute between the two once and for all in an entertaining steel cage match.
After Lesnar defeated Triple H at SummerSlam in 2012, it appeared that the 13-time champion's prolific career had finally come to an end. However, when he returned on an episode of Raw this past February, it was clear there was some unfinished business between the two part-time wrestlers.
That led to Triple H exacting his revenge at WrestleMania 29 in a No Holds Barred matchup, closing him out with a trademark Pedigree.
Trips would have had to retire if he had lost, and considering his flirtation with leaving the ring before, the stage appears to be set for him to bow out yet again—only this time for good.
If the WWE brass wants to capitalize on the popularity of Lesnar and give him a resurgent twist, planning for him to lose for a third time in four matches wouldn't be wise. Not only does Lesnar have a massive size advantage, but The King of Kings is still hurting from their last encounter.
However, Triple H is not one to back down from challenges and told WrestlingInc.com's Christian Miller that he would be ready to take on Lesnar again on May 19 in St. Louis' Scottrade Center.
Considering the track record of immense success that Triple H boasts, this may not be the final bout of his career. It would be a warming development to see him go out with a victory—it just won't happen against Lesnar.
This prospective victory would set up Lesnar for bigger things within the WWE. Whether it be a redemptive storyline against John Cena—who he lost to at Extreme Rules last year—or a new offshoot with CM Punk, Lesnar's appeal is undeniable.
Now is the time for Vince McMahon and Co. to fully take advantage of the former King of the Ring's return as The Next Big Thing.
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