“Now that looked good.”
Those were my words on Monday night as Brock Lesnar charged down the ramp on the 1,000th episode of WWE Raw and tackled Triple H in the ring.
In fact, the whole spot looked good, as the brawl went back and forth between the two men while the crowd went crazy.
Crazy is a very favorable response, in case you were wondering.
A lot of their reaction is thanks to the "Next Big Thing," as anytime the guy bum rushes someone in the ring, it’s a very big deal. Just the sight of the former UFC champion raging against the WWE machine, pure intensity in his eyes, throwing the heavy shots, is enough to make fans lose their minds.
In other words, when Brock Lesnar is all business, it’s good for business.
The fans’ desire to see the War Machine has not been affected by his limited number of appearances thus far this year. Perhaps that was the point in the first place.
Maybe his absence has just helped build the anticipation that fans had of seeing him again. Maybe it’s just that we as fans know that Brock versus Triple H has all the makings of an instant classic.
Yes, they have faced off before. Brock and Hunter are no strangers to each other in the ring, but the truth is—that was then, this is now.
The Triple H of today is no longer a competitor in search of a championship or a Superstar maintaining his position at the top of the heap in WWE. This Triple H is the chief operating officer—the man in charge of ensuring that WWE’s presence on TV is as strong as it possibly can be.
An unrestrained Brock Lesnar who wants the whole company at his feet and is out for blood cannot continue to be left unchecked. At some point, the powers that be have to rein him back in.
Triple H is the man who believes he can do just that.
The fact that Hunter is semiretired makes little difference for this match, as fans know that when he does work, he brings everything he has every time he steps through the ropes.
His match against Undertaker at WrestleMania 28 is a great example of this. Hunter more than held up his end, giving it all for the sake of entertaining the fans. He’s a pro after all, and that is what he does.
Obviously, Brock is not Taker. He is not the storyteller in the ring that the Deadman is, but in this case, he really does not have to be.
Lesnar is a hurricane—a force of nature who is hellbent on destroying someone. Makes no difference if it’s John Cena or Triple H, he just wants to prove that when it comes to the ring, he is the alpha male.
“Ground and pound” is the only story that Lesnar needs be concerned about telling. Right now, arguably no one in WWE does it better.
So, Brock is good.
Triple H—the corporate boss who is supposed to now use the boardroom to wage war—is forced to take matters into his own hands. His goal is to fight and defeat Brock, putting him in his place and reminding him that while he may have owned UFC, he is just another Superstar in WWE.
Triple H is still the Game.
Having said that, I do believe that Brock will go over at SummerSlam. I find it hard to believe that he would lose two high-profile matches back-to-back, especially when he may only have two more left after this one until his run ends.
Stranger things have happened, and when it comes to WWE, fans should always remember to never say never.
A Triple H victory at SummerSlam would mean nothing in terms of his own standing in the company. Win or lose, he will likely be back in a suit and back on the air two weeks after the event.
It would almost be as though nothing had happened, except for the expected eye-rolling that would surely come from fans who still believe that Hunter is single-handedly calling his own shots in WWE.
A Brock Lesnar win gives him some much-needed momentum and bragging rights in a company that he feels is already his for the taking.
The Monday Night Raw following SummerSlam in which a smiling, victorious, Brock Lesnar is standing in the ring, gloating over beating the Cerebral Assassin, would be very interesting indeed.
I happen to be very much looking forward to this match. I think there are too many combustible elements for it to not be exciting.
Knowing the quality of matches that WWE have been presenting in their pay-per-views recently, it’s hard to believe that it will not be entertaining.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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