Sunday's WWE SummerSlam 2012 results created some interesting situations on the latest episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw. It was one night after the pro wrestling world witnessed Triple H losing to Brock Lesnar. It was also one night after Chris Jericho finally "won the big one" against Dolph Ziggler. However, at the conclusion of Raw it appeared all three of these superstars were done with WWE. What gives?
In the WWE Raw results from last night, a strange match was set up involving Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler. Just one night after Jericho made Ziggler tap out to the Walls of Jericho, AJ Lee decided to set up a rematch. It had some interesting stipulations though. If Dolph Ziggler lost, he'd give up his Money in the Bank contract to Jericho. However, if Jericho lost, his WWE contract would get terminated. Ziggler ultimately got the win by blocking a Lionsault and scoring his finisher for the pinfall. With that, Jericho staged a last post-match attack on Ziggler, laying him out with the Codebreaker. After walking up the ramp, it appeared Jericho was headed off to tour with his band. Strange development after a victory the night before, but they needed a way to give Y2J some time off.
The other big development came during Raw involving Brock Lesnar and Triple H. As many fans know, Lesnar broke The Game's arm during their SummerSlam match, leading to HHH tapping out, and losing. The post-match there saw Triple H mouthing "I'm sorry" repeatedly to the fans, as if he had let everyone down. That led to commentators, fans, and other superstars believing it was "Game over." While Triple H never officially announced that, it seems his buddy Shawn Michaels was congratulating him on a great career, as if he was saying HHH's pro wrestling career is done.
Does anyone not expect him to be wrestling again, ever, at least at Wrestlemania 29? It wouldn't be surprising to see a HBK vs. HHH match at WrestleMania next year, even with Michaels "retired." Or, they're serious, and this is HHH's big Hall of Fame entry in 2013.
Also during the night, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman started off Raw, proclaiming how great Lesnar was for defeating HHH. Heyman talked about how the WWE Universe must bow down to his guy, Brock Lesnar, and how he was the conqueror of WWE. Defeating Triple H in the fashion he did, without any DQ's (Hunter asked for there not to be), and by making him tap, is quite a feat. Having done that, Lesnar released one of those new WWE Tout videos saying he's leaving WWE. That's strange to see too, because many fans were expecting to see Brock vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, and honestly it still doesn't seem too far-fetched to see that happening.
All of the above raises questions about who might be really done wrestling with WWE, or not. Jericho seems most likely to return of the three, but HHH is a close second just because he is the WWE COO, and helps to boost PPV sales when he's attached to any match. Not seeing him at WrestleMania would be a shock. As for Brock Lesnar, he is a wildcard, because he was signed on for only so many appearances on TV and at PPV's. He's now lost to John Cena and defeated Triple H. In terms of the overall food chain, doesn't a match against Rock or Undertaker seem to make the most sense to finish his trilogy off? Taker would get the win at Mania, making for a major statement, that nobody rules over WWE like the "Deadman."
What do you think is next for these three superstars? Will Triple H wrestle again, and if so when and against who? Will he get a chance to defeat Brock, or will Brock really leave WWE, for good?
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