At Sunday's No Way Out pay per view, Triple H was pursuing a way to avenge his broken arm. So he challenged the male who dissected it, Brock Lesnar, to a clash at Summerslam. The following night on WWE Raw, Lesnar's representative Paul Heyman appeared in the center of the ring and gave Triple H an answer. He emphatically said "no." Despite Triple H being an executive officer for WWE, he decked Heyman with a punch and laid out the challenge once again. The design right now is to have Brock Lesnar battle Triple H at Summerslam on August 19th.
Summerslam originated in 1988, and has since rivaled the WWE Royal Rumble as the second most popular pay per view event of the year. Summerslam has fathered such classic main events as The Mega-Powers versus The Megabucks, Bret Hart versus Davey Boy Smith and Hulk Hogan versus Shawn Michaels. But the match between Lesnar and Triple H at this year's Summerslam will blow them all out of the water.
Lesnar's last match with John Cena at WWE Extreme Rules proved that Lesnar can still go. Though he is slightly older, and may have been hindered by injuries, the massive man is still agile and powerful. At one point in his match with John Cena a couple months back, he bounded off the ring steps and flew over the top rope and plummeted onto the floor. It was a maneuver that men 100 pounds lighter wouldn't risk. And yet, Lesnar did it. As much as Lesnar may despise pro wrestling, he is a workhorse. He has an ego and he will go out and out execute anybody in the ring. At Summerslam, standing on the opposite side of Lesnar will be Triple H. The real-life husband to Stephanie McMahon, Triple H often gets a lot of undue disrespect and grief. Fans often discuss whether backstage politics play a role in his on screen contributions. Regardless, the reality remains that his talent far exceeds much of the core WWE roster. I would venture to say that Triple H is a far better overall athlete and showman than John Cena. If Lesnar was able to put on a classic match with Cena, can you imagine what he'll be able to do with a man who will be considered one of the all time greats?
In my estimation, Triple H is vastly underrated. His classic bouts with The Rock, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels have all stood the test of time. He is a grand in-ring general, knowing his whereabouts and positioning at all times. And his psychology is top notch. Don't believe me? Check out his match against The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 28. It was rich wrestling storytelling in it's purest form.
At Summerslam 2012, Triple H and Brock Lesnar will have some work to do. It won't be easy to gain the title "greatest Summerslam match of all time." But given their talents, determination, and egos, I have no doubt these two men will be able to pull it off.
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