No Holds Barred Match
If Triple H loses, his career is over.
– Triple H w/Shawn Michaels vs. Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman
Shawn Michaels’ music hits, and HBK makes his way down the ring, dressed for the occasion in jeans, a black tank top, and a camouflage baseball cap.
Brock Lesnar is the next man to make his way into the stadium, and of course he’s got Heyman by his side. Lesnar gets a pretty nice pop out of the crowd in his return to WrestleMania for the first time since WrestleMania XX.
Triple H is out to the ring next, and the heir apparent to the WWE makes his way out through a goofy metal skeleton structure. Hunter has some sort of powder caked all around his midsection, not exactly sure what that is, but it seems like he’s able to rub most of it off before getting up to the apron.
The bell rings and Hunter catches Lesnar with a series of right hands right off the bat. Lesnar responds with a series of knees before falling to the outside in pursuit of Hunter. Hunter whips Lesnar into the barricade hard before ramming his head into the ring apron. He takes Lesnar over to the announcer’s table and slams him head first into the table. Lesnar is able to fight back, backing Hunter into the ring apron before sending him over the barricade into the crowd. Lesnar grabs a chair and heads out after Hunter, but ends up clotheslined back into the ringside area.
Lesnar recovers quickly and avoids a chair shot, catching Hunter and sending him back into the ring. Lesnar heads into the ring and grabs the chair, but turns right around into a high knee from Hunter. Heyman grabs the chair and pulls it out of the ring. Hunter tosses Brock to the outside and kicks him in the stomach before slamming him head first into the ring steps. Lesnar tries to whip Lesnar, but Lesnar counters with a belly to belly suplex on the stadium floor.
Lesnar picks Hunter up and slams him down face first on the announcer’s table before suplexing him through the Spanish announcer’s table. Lesnar picks Hunter up and buries his knee in Hunter’s midsection before hitting another belly to belly suplex into the wreckage of the Spanish announcer’s table. Lesnar grins wickedly before screaming out. Lesnar drags Hunter away before staring down Shawn Michaels and sending him scurrying. Lesnar brings things back into the ring where he stands over Hunter and waits for him to stand. Hunter stands in the corner and Lesnar stomps away on him repeatedly.
Hunter is able to drive Lesnar’s face down into his knee, but Lesnar recovers quickly and takes Hunter down to the mat for a two count. Lesnar attacks Hunter in the corner, but Hunter tries to fight back. It doesn’t last long as Lesnar sends Hunter across the ring. Lesnar runs into a big boot but comes right back with another belly to belly suplex for another two count. Lesnar waits for Hunter to stand and hits him with a big German suplex. Lesnar goes for another pin and gets two.
Lesnar tosses Hunter with another suplex for another two count. Hunter tries to kick away at Lesnar, scoring with a couple of boots and a couple of rights, but Lesnar tosses him into the corner with such force that he flies over the top and to the outside. Lesnar heads out to the floor and backs Michaels off again. He turns around and walks into a clothesline from Hunter. Hunter picks up Lesnar and hits him with a right before clotheslining him into the timekeeper’s area.
Hunter slams Lesnar head first into the announcer’s table before blasting him with a chair shot to the back. Back in the ring and Lesnar avoids a shot only to take Hunter down with a bridging German suplex for a two count. HBK leaps up to the apron but Brock knocks him down to the floor immediately. Lesnar turns around into a big spinebuster from Hunter. Hunter tries for the pedigree, but Lesnar turns it around almost hitting the F5. HBK is in the ring and tries for sweet chin music but Lesnar catches him and hits the F5. Hunter hits the pedigree on Lesnar, but he only gets a two count.
Hunter heads to the outside and under the ring to grab the sledge hammer. Hunter heads back into the ring and tries for a hammer shot, but Lesnar catches him and hits the F5, but Hunter kicks out of a pin attempt. Hunter rolls out to the floot. Lesnar follows him and grabs a chair, blasting him with a shot to the back. Lesnar screams that he’ll play with chairs too. He picks Hunter up and whips him into the ring steps chest first.
Lesnar tosses the steps aside and dismantles them, picking up the top half and using them as a battering ram against Hunter’s head. Lesnar holds the steps high and tosses them into the ring over the top rope. Lesnar sets the ring steps up before heading back out to the floor. Lesnar brings Hunter back into the ring and climbs in after him, picking the stairs up again. Lesnar uses them to ram into Hunter’s shoulder, pinning him for another two count.
Lesnar tells Hunter it’s over now, and Hunter slaps Lesnar across the face. Hunter hits Lesnar with a couple of rights and tries for the pedigree, but Lesnar counters into the kimura. Hunter grabs the ropes, but there’s no breaks in this match. Hunter backs Lesnar into the corner, but Lesnar won’t break. Hunter backs Lesnar into the corner and breaks the hold, but it’s back on immediately. Lesnar hits a couple of knees to the gut before sitting on the top turnbuckle and locking in the kimura again. Hunter lifts up Lesnar out of the corner and slams him down to the mat, forcing him to break the hold.
Lesnar charges Hunter in the corner, but misses and crashes shoulder first into the ring post. Hunter kicks Lesnar in the crotch, then drags him by the arm and wraps it around the ring post. Hunter grabs a chair and brings it over, wrapping Lesnar’s arm around the post and hitting it with the chair. Hunter heads into the ring and brings the chair down on Lesnar’s arm on top of the ring steps. Hunter locks in a kimura of his own, taking Brock down to the mat. Lesnar teases tapping out, then screams at Heyman to help. Heyman grabs a chair, but he’s stopped with sweet chin music from Michaels. Hunter keeps the hold on and Lesnar still won’t quit. Lesnar stands with Triple H still holding on. Lesnar walks over to the stairs and falls down with Hunter on top of the stairs.
Hunter clamps the hold back on and Lesnar slams him down on the steps once more. Hunter puts Brock in the hold a third time and Brock continues to think about tapping. He stands up and drives Hunter down into the ring steps, but Hunter DDT’s him on the steps in the process. Hunter reaches over to grab his sledge hammer. He stands up and charges, hitting Lesnar in the head. Hunter tosses the hammer aside and poses for the crowd. Hunter picks Lesnar up and hits a pedigree on the ring steps. Hunter covers Lesnar and gets the three count.
Winner: Triple H
After the match Hunter and Michaels embrace as they celebrate the fact that the career of Triple H will continue. Hunter stands tall over Lesnar and gives the fans a crotch chop for old time’s sake.
Richard Reacts: This was a physical “fight-style” match that was hurt by the crowd. I don’t know what it is but this crowd is not coming across well on pay-per-view. They were hot for Punk-Taker but this match you could often hear a single fan talking to Brock Lesnar at ringside (e.g. I heard one fan tell Lesnar, “I hate you Brock” or another yell “end his career Brock”). This just shouldn’t be at an event where there are over 80,000 attendees. The work was fine and basically what we’ve seen from Brock since coming back. Very physical, almost to the level of being reckless. It’s entertaining to watch for the shear spectacle of it but it’s nothing like a Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle wrestling match. My favorite tough bump was Brock suplexing Hunter through the Spanish announce table. As for the outcome, it’s exactly what we thought. Hunter avenging his loss from SummerSlam and I don’t think anyone thought his in-ring career was in jeopardy of ending. Both are going to be sore tomorrow.
We get a video package of some of the highlights of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony from last night, with some pretty neat moments.
The WWE Hall of Fame class of 2013 are introduced, and everyone gets a warm reception from the fans in attendance. Well everyone except for Donald Trump who gets resounding boos.
Justin Roberts has the stated attendance at 80,676, saying that this sets a record at MetLife Stadium. This leads to a barrage of fireworks going off all around.