A year ago at Extreme Rules, Brock Lesnar made his in-ring return to WWE after a seven-year absence. In the main event of that show, he dominated John Cena in a tremendous main event before falling victim to a well-timed chain shot to the face and an Attitude Adjustment on the steel steps.
Despite the loss, no one questioned that Lesnar was a dominant beast of a man. Quite the contrary. Cena's win had appeared to be a fluke, a last-second desperation shot that worked in his favor.
Despite the loss, Lesnar would be okay, it was determined.
Then came the feud with Triple H. Brock was booked as a generic wrestling heel, the type that needs a manager to help him out of situations he cannot get himself out of. He decisively beat Triple H at SummerSlam after months of questionable booking. Months later, at WrestleMania, he would lose the rematch in a No Holds Barred bout. The rubber match, it was revealed, would take place at Extreme Rules inside a steel cage.
With the aura of "legitimate badass" completely worn off, Brock Lesnar entered the cage Sunday night for the main event of Extreme Rules against Triple H looking every bit the imposing physical specimen that he is.
He then proceeded to be beaten around the ring, tossed from one steel side to the other and stretched in a number of submission holds focusing on his injured knee as "The Game" completely outclassed and outmaneuvered him.
Matters were only made worse when Lesnar needed a well-timed low blow from Paul Heyman to help him beat Triple H once and (hopefully) for all.
Brock Lesnar makes a lot of money. While that may allow him to be more comfortable with the way in which he is booked as a part-time attraction with World Wrestling Entertainment, the company is only hurting the man's worth the weaker he is made to look.