Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

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August 19, 2012

The participants signed a hold harmless indemnification last Monday, and if there was ever a match whose wanton brutality justified it, this was the match. The King of Kings lives by the sword and he dies by the sword, and earlier in the evening, he instructed Scott Armstrong, the referee assigned to the match, to “let us fight.” HBK later tweeted that Armstrong should listen to the WWE COO.

Armstrong obliged. When both Superstars were brawling outside the ring, Armstrong held off on initiating a count. Later in the match, during one of Lesnar’s many attempts at the Kimura Lock, Triple H reached the ropes. Though such deft strategy would call for a break of the hold under normal circumstances — i.e., a “wrestling match” — the same would not be true for this fight.

As the contest sprawled around the ringside area, Lesnar climbed an upturned announce table and leaped high in the air, crashing down with a thud on Triple H’s back and head. While outside, The Cerebral Assassin tried to exploit whatever weaknesses of Lesnar he could find. He dragged Lesnar, stomach-first, into an edge of another announce table, temporarily weakening the monster. In November 2009, the seemingly inhuman Lesnar underwent surgery to close a tear in his intestine that had been causing excruciating abdominal pain, abscesses and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon that operated on Lesnar estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year. Many believe that the abdominal surgery led to the end of his UFC career.

Triple H got Lesnar back in the ring followed up with a series of midsection-scrambling knees and the spinebuster for which he’s famous. Then, for the second time, Triple H tried for a Pedigree, but Lesnar reversed it into an F-5, which itself was reversed back into the Pedigree. This time, though, The Game’s offense struck its target. Despite the vicious Pedigree, Lesnar kicked out at two.