Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

Turns out Brock Lesnar was every bit at home within a steel cage as Triple H was. The towering Superstar who thrived in the octagon as the UFC Heavyweight Champion not only reasserted his dominance within the cold embrace of a cage, but also may have ended his war with The King of Kings in a grueling contest that truly embodied the extreme in every way.

Photos:  Brock and The Game collide in the cage

All this is not to say that Lesnar ran away with the bout by any means. In fact, The Game didn’t bother waiting to take the fight to Lesnar, ambushing The Anomaly from behind during Brock’s entrance and slamming him headlong into the cage wall, following that up with a top-rope strike that left Lesnar reeling.

And then the bell rang.

Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

The Anomaly roared back immediately, hurling Triple H against opposite ends of the cage like a ping-pong ball before trapping him between the ropes and chain link, pounding away as if The Game were a heavy bag. Lesnar’s enthusiasm cost him in the process when a flying knee missed Triple H’s head and collided with the cage instead, hobbling “The Beast Incarnate” and giving Triple H a target to keep the fight at an even keel.

Photos: Lesnar vs. Triple H, Round 1 |  Round 2

With his knee — and by association, the F-5 — taken away from him, The Anomaly turned to the Kimura Lock and a steel chair tossed into the ring by Heyman. But Triple H was ready for that as well, assaulting Lesnar’s leg before applying a Figure-Four Leglock and, later, a Sharpshooter, in a bid to make Lesnar submit. The Anomaly’s refusal to tap out kept him in the hunt, but The Game again raised the bar with the use of the chair and a hidden sledgehammer painted silver to match the hue of the steel.

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The mix of strategy and hubris (Triple H grinned wildly when he first retrieved his signature implement) would come back to haunt The Game, though. The hammer that has so often been the difference-maker for The King of Kings proved again to be the deciding factor in this bout, but not in the way the 13-time World Champion had hoped. 

Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

Another intrusion inside the steel by Heyman distracted The King of Kings from his opponent long enough for Lesnar to seize the sledgehammer and take a shot at The Game’s dome, but Triple H was ready for both men, cutting the cheap shot short and dishing out Pedigrees to both manager and client. Lesnar kicked out and Heyman landed the shot that would ultimately swing the contest in his client’s favor, hitting Triple H with a low blow that returned the sledgehammer to Lesnar’s hands.

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The Anomaly struck again and this time the steel hit home, felling The Game in receipt for the sledgehammer strike that defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania. With Triple H seeing stars, Lesnar hauled his opponent up on an unstable knee and delivered one final F-5 that sent the already motionless WWE COO crashing, literally and figuratively, down to earth. One three-count later and the deed was done, but Lesnar would not depart before he got his final gloating in.

Having gone through hell and back to claim his revenge, “The Beast Incarnate” laid the sledgehammer on Triple H’s chest in a macabre, funereal display of dominance over the conquered King of Kings. In the end, Lesnar sauntered off into clear skies with Heyman at his side, while Triple H was helped up from a limp heap inside his formerly comforting confines, once claimed as his home and now nothing less than his iron-wrought house of pain.

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Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

Turns out Brock Lesnar was every bit at home within a steel cage as Triple H was. The towering Superstar who thrived in the octagon as the UFC Heavyweight Champion not only reasserted his dominance within the cold embrace of a cage, but also may have ended his war with The King of Kings in a grueling contest that truly embodied the extreme in every way.

Photos:  Brock and The Game collide in the cage

All this is not to say that Lesnar ran away with the bout by any means. In fact, The Game didn’t bother waiting to take the fight to Lesnar, ambushing The Anomaly from behind during Brock’s entrance and slamming him headlong into the cage wall, following that up with a top-rope strike that left Lesnar reeling.

And then the bell rang.

Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

The Anomaly roared back immediately, hurling Triple H against opposite ends of the cage like a ping-pong ball before trapping him between the ropes and chain link, pounding away as if The Game were a heavy bag. Lesnar’s enthusiasm cost him in the process when a flying knee missed Triple H’s head and collided with the cage instead, hobbling “The Beast Incarnate” and giving Triple H a target to keep the fight at an even keel.

Photos: Lesnar vs. Triple H, Round 1 |  Round 2

With his knee — and by association, the F-5 — taken away from him, The Anomaly turned to the Kimura Lock and a steel chair tossed into the ring by Heyman. But Triple H was ready for that as well, assaulting Lesnar’s leg before applying a Figure-Four Leglock and, later, a Sharpshooter, in a bid to make Lesnar submit. The Anomaly’s refusal to tap out kept him in the hunt, but The Game again raised the bar with the use of the chair and a hidden sledgehammer painted silver to match the hue of the steel.

Most devastating submission maneuvers |  Steel Cage classics

The mix of strategy and hubris (Triple H grinned wildly when he first retrieved his signature implement) would come back to haunt The Game, though. The hammer that has so often been the difference-maker for The King of Kings proved again to be the deciding factor in this bout, but not in the way the 13-time World Champion had hoped. 

Brock Lesnar def. Triple H

Another intrusion inside the steel by Heyman distracted The King of Kings from his opponent long enough for Lesnar to seize the sledgehammer and take a shot at The Game’s dome, but Triple H was ready for both men, cutting the cheap shot short and dishing out Pedigrees to both manager and client. Lesnar kicked out and Heyman landed the shot that would ultimately swing the contest in his client’s favor, hitting Triple H with a low blow that returned the sledgehammer to Lesnar’s hands.

Lesnar and 9 other old-school Superstars |  Greatest Attitude Era icons

The Anomaly struck again and this time the steel hit home, felling The Game in receipt for the sledgehammer strike that defeated Lesnar at WrestleMania. With Triple H seeing stars, Lesnar hauled his opponent up on an unstable knee and delivered one final F-5 that sent the already motionless WWE COO crashing, literally and figuratively, down to earth. One three-count later and the deed was done, but Lesnar would not depart before he got his final gloating in.

Having gone through hell and back to claim his revenge, “The Beast Incarnate” laid the sledgehammer on Triple H’s chest in a macabre, funereal display of dominance over the conquered King of Kings. In the end, Lesnar sauntered off into clear skies with Heyman at his side, while Triple H was helped up from a limp heap inside his formerly comforting confines, once claimed as his home and now nothing less than his iron-wrought house of pain.