I try not to overreact to WWE booking but this time I can’t help myself. Brock Lesnar losing to Triple H at WrestleMania 29 was a booking move that has single handedly killed one of the biggest drawing cards in the WWE period, end of story!
[adinserter block=”1″]I don’t think it gets much clearer than that. When John Cena defeated Brock Lesnar last year at Extreme Rules I was one of the few who brushed off the loss. Looking at it from a pro wrestling perspective, a guy who hasn’t wrestled in several years losing to the best WWE performer at the time made sense. The match was even booked to keep Lesnar strong the way he beat up Cena for 20 minutes. But this loss to Triple H is one that even has to have Vince Russo scratching his head.
I shouldn’t be surprised is what a lot of you are probably thinking out there. Did I really think Triple H was going to retire? Yes, I sure did! I thought the retirement stip was a set up. Triple H wrestles once, twice a year anyway, so retiring isn’t such a stretch. Plus at the end of the day Triple H could have came back anyway if he really wanted to. I never for a second thought that Hunter was winning. Even as I tried to look at it from all views, I couldn’t find one reason to do it. So yes I was surprised when Triple H pinned Lesnar.
I have been a Triple H defender for several years as a blogger. While everyone was taking shots at Triple H and his ego, I still had his back. The last couple of years he has been money in the ring and in building up his matches with The Undertaker. He even did the right thing for business when tempted and did the favor two years straight for the Dead Man. But the decision to put him over Lesnar can only be justified by ego.
Brock Lesnar just re-signed with the WWE for two years. He drew a tremendous buyrate with Hunter at SummerSlam and has been a ratings machine since returning to the WWE. By the time he returned last summer, nobody even cared about the Cena loss. He beat Hunter, practically retired him, and was seen by many as one of the last true monster heels in pro wrestling. That run is over and now Lesnar is a man that has gone 1-2 since returning.
I can’t fathom a good reason for the finish. Is Hunter coming back? Unless Triple H is coming back in the next two weeks to challenge John Cena or Alberto Del Rio for championships at Extreme Rules, there is no point in putting him over. Why in the world would you put over the once-a-year office guy at the expense of your second biggest drawing card? There is no good reason period for that finish.
Make no mistake about it. Lesnar is done as the big drawing card. How could this man be seen as a killer when he just lost to a 42 year old part-time wrestler? How could this monster be seen as a legitimate threat when he had the fight taken to him by the aging wrestler? I know that some of you say, “put him back on television, people will still pop.” Yeah they will pop but are they going to be so inclined to buy a pay per view to watch him wrestle? Some will but there will be plenty who won’t.
What do you do next with the guy? No matter who he confronts, attacks, or challenges, fans will remember in the back of their minds that the guy is not only beatable, but he is not even that good. I don’t know where they plan to go with him other than The Rock at WrestleMania, but it is probably best at this point for him to disappear until at least SummerSlam if not Survivor Series.
What is funny is that for years fans and critics have felt that Vince McMahon has lost his touch, me included. Some have even said how they are looking forward to the Triple H era. Is this what you are looking forward to? Say what you will about Vinnie Mac but he never would have booked a finish like that in his younger days. I really find it hard to believe that he sat back, knowing how much money he is paying Brock and allowed that finish to begin with. If the Triple H era of booking is going to be full of illogical finishes like that one, I’ll pass.
It really was a big slap in the face to the new fans that came back because of Brock. Believe me when I tell you, Brock brought new and old fans to the WWE. This man was the biggest drawing card in the history of MMA for a reason. They love him! Those fans have gotten the message loud and clear. Your boy is nothing more than a mid-card jobber in our world. Message received.
[adinserter block=”2″]I’ll still enjoy watching Brock but it won’t be the same. The illusion, the mystique, the aura is gone. He doesn’t care. He’s still making his money. As a matter of a fact he probably finds it funny. Unfortunately for the fans who have been excited to see him back in the WWE, there is nothing funny about losing to Triple H.
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