Well, it looks like the match that hardly anyone seemed to want to see twice is going to happen for a third time.
At next month’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Triple H will battle Brock Lesnar in a rubber match to (hopefully) settle their score once and for all. As we all remember, Lesnar defeated Triple H at last year’s SummerSlam PPV, and Triple H avenged that loss by beating Lesnar in a career-threatening match at WrestleMania 29 earlier this month.
Now, we’re getting this third matchup because someone somewhere in the WWE (I’m sure you could guess who) thinks it’s a great idea.
Too bad it isn’t.
A best-of-three series for Triple H vs. Lesnar makes sense in a way. As Paul Heyman alluded to on Raw last week, the series is now tied 1-1, so essentially, all that means is that Triple H and Lesnar are even. Therefore, the third match will serve as a means to settle that dispute.
Perhaps the main issue here, however, is that—despite all the star power involved—this is a feud that, for a multitude of reasons, just never should have lasted this long. In fact, it probably should have ended way back in August 2012 at the SummerSlam PPV, when Lesnar soundly defeated Triple H.
Why? Well, largely because Triple H and Lesnar just haven’t proven to be great opponents for each other.
It doesn’t matter how good two wrestlers are, sometimes they just don’t click with another great wrestler, and that appears to be the case with “The Game” and the man formerly known as “The Next Big Thing.” Their match at SummerSlam 2012 was a major letdown—a slow-paced bout that lacked a lot of excitement or energy—and their WrestleMania 29 wasn’t much better, with some thinking it was even worse than their first one.
The WWE—and more specifically, Michael Cole—has tried really hard to sell both HHH/Lesnar matches as “instant classics,” but in reality, they have been anything but. They were both pretty average, which is probably why not many people were clamoring for the second match between the two.
Now, we get a third one? Yawn.
Perhaps the fans would care more about this third HHH/Lesnar match if it actually had a long-term effect on the WWE, but it’s pretty safe to say that it won’t. And it’s because the match involves two part-timers who won’t be around for the long haul.
In all likelihood, Triple H won’t wrestle for several months after Extreme Rules—if he wrestles at all again this year. Ditto for Lesnar, who may not be back until SummerSlam or perhaps even afterward.
It really makes you wonder what the real purpose of this third match is: A way to set up something down the road or an attempt to increase the Extreme Rules PPV buyrate?
It’s probably the latter, and ultimately, that isn’t going to benefit the WWE all that much. It will in the immediate future and the present, but the WWE reaps absolutely zero long-term rewards for a third HHH/Lesnar match.
There are countless matchups that we could see instead that would elevate a full-time, rising superstar—like, for example, if Randy Orton were to face Lesnar or maybe even if Triple H feuded with someone like The Shield. Either of these scenarios could catapult deserving stars to the tip top of the card.
But instead, we are forced to sit through what will probably be another mediocre HHH/Lesnar match that seems like such a monumental waste of Lesnar.
As we all know, Lesnar is under a very limited contract, which only requires him to work a handful of TV shows leading up to his PPV matches. Of course, Lesnar only had three PPV matches in his first year since coming back (with a fourth one to come), and a whopping three of those matches will have come against HHH.
Doesn’t that seem like such a huge waste of time, money…and Lesnar?
The great thing about bringing a big-named, part-time star in is that he can work with a wide variety of opponents and help them get or stay over. But Lesnar has come in to the WWE to work with a guy who is a surefire future Hall of Famer and only wrestles a few matches per year now, too.
That makes very little sense. Scratch that—it makes no sense.
There are literally countless better ways to utilize both Lesnar and Triple H, and yet, the WWE has settled on having these two feuding with another when it will be something that ultimately won’t matter much just a couple of months from now.
Triple H will go back to running the WWE behind-the-scenes, Lesnar will go away again, and what will we have to show for it? A few average matches and no new stars made?
That doesn’t seem like the best way to use two major superstars, now, does it?
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!
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