Over the years, there has been matches that many people have deemed as being a dream match. This year, we had that with The Rock vs John Cena. People labeled that as two different symbols of two different generations colliding. A year was spent in hyping up the match and regardless of some people thinking that it was executed well or executed poorly, the fact remains that it did lead to one pretty good buyrate for Wrestlemania this year and that is pretty much the only goal that I think the WWE had in mind when this match was made. Now, we have SummerSlam, one of the WWE’s major PPV’s and is often referred to by the WWE as “The Biggest Party of the Summer” when the truth is that this year, SummerSlam looks like it has gone from being “The Biggest Party of the Summer” to a One Match Show. That one match of course being Brock Lesnar vs Triple H.
It’s true that we never got to see those two collide one on one. Around the time where Brock was the champion, it was around the time where the roster split and the “Brand Extension” began and Brock was now primarily wrestling for Smackdown which lead to the World Heavyweight Championship to be introduced and handed to Triple H. It took well into a year or so before that belt was deemed credible as a world heavyweight title and that’s because there was no attempt at making a new belt. It was simply nothing more than the old WCW World Title and nothing more. Fast forward to now, Brock Lesnar has returned and we’re getting to see Triple H and Lesnar collide. I have no doubts that this will be a fight plain and simple. It’ll get physical and violent, but just don’t tell me that it’s dream match. Dream matches are something that you’d imagine that you would love to see that have little to no chance of happening and that you feel a surge of excitement and adrenaline when you find out that it’s gonna happen. Brock Lesnar vs Triple H is not one of those scenarios.
Triple H is a part-timer now and spending most of his time backstage as he gears up to be the one that takes over. Brock Lesnar only signed a year long contract and has 24 appearances that he signed up for when he signed the deal. The build-up for this match has been going on for the last couple months, even though Brock has only appeared a total of four times involving the build-up. He was there when he broke Triple H’s arm, on the 1000th Raw, showed up in HBK’s segment, and last week when he signed the contract for the match and beat up Shawn Michaels and broke his arm. So with the 5 appearances that he made in his return early in the year plus the four here and tonight’s match, that breaks down his limited appearances to about 14 left or 13 if he shows up for whatever reason tomorrow night on Raw.
So why is this not a dream match? One reason can be that there really is no upshot for either side. Win or lose, Brock will disappear again for a few months and probably won’t be seen again until close to Wrestlemania. By that time, you run a huge risk of people just not giving a damn about the guy. I’ve only see him appear 9 times in the last 5 months and I barely care about him. Triple H wins, it’s back to working backstage and doing all the stuff that his new position in the company requires him to do. While there’s predictions and no solid way to predict what the outcome will in fact be, fact remains that there really is no point in having Brock Lesnar win this match. He’s only there to put over talent, make Vince some money as well as make himself some money. The guy has been vocal in his lack of love for the business. The only thing going for this is you can’t help wondering how much of a personal stake there might be in this for Triple H. Lesnar jammed the WWE years ago, a company that has made Triple H what he is and has helped establish his legacy and Lesnar stuck up the middle finger at it and left.
Mark Madden has made several rants about how WWE wanted the UFC Lesnar and they got the WWE Lesnar. Chris Cash made a point where he questioned what the difference was and he’s right. There is no difference between the two. Lesnar left the WWE high and dry while in UFC, his body couldn’t take the physical toll anymore as an Ultimate Fighter. Anyone that thinks that Lesnar was this unstoppable, unbeatable machine in the UFC, the truth is that he wasn’t. He lost his first fight and regardless of how he performed, the truth was he lost. Brock Lesnar didn’t want to just retire and sit on his ass all day. So he went back to the place that he screwed over and has little desire to go over anybody. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if during his time in the WWE, Lesnar doesn’t win one single match. You include tonight’s match, we’ll have only seen Brock Lesnar in an official match twice. Two matches in five months, so people should care about this guy and still see him as relevant HOW?
I’m not taking anything away from this match. It’ll be physical and it will be a fight without question. Just don’t tell me that it’s dream match in the making or that there is an upshot in this. Paul Heyman may have been right when he said that this is one match where nobody knows the outcome or can map out the outcome. I don’t think there’s anyway that anyone can. This is not John Cena vs The Rock nor is this something along the line of if CM Punk vs Stone Cold Steve Austin ever happened. It’s the guy that deserted the company vs one of their most loyal. Showdown, yes but a dream match, no.