Ever since the WWE Main Roster debut of Brock Lesnar back in 2002, it has been clear to fans and analysts alike that Lesnar has been one of the most dominant professional wrestlers in the company’s history.
Since his debut, he became the 2002 King of the Ring winner (def. Van Dam), 2003 Royal Rumble winner, 4x WWE Champion, branched out the WWE and winning the UFC Heavyweight Division Championship, returned and became the only man to break the once immortal and the most celebrated streak in professional wrestling against his opponent at Summerslam, the Undertaker.
On the other side, you have the most celebrated and respected wrestler in WWE history. A 4x WWE Champion as well, in addition to having three World Heavyweight Championship reigns, a 7x Tag Team Champion, a former Royal Rumble winner, and the best All-Time WrestleMania win/loss record at 22-1, as well as the most all-time pay per view reigns.
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Brock Lesnar, in his first tenure in WWE, ran through some of the best wrestlers and legends the company has ever seen. Defeating the likes of Hulk Hogan, Rob Van Dam and eventually defeating Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Summerslam in 2002 for the illustrious Championship title.
As then-General Manager, Stephanie McMahon signed Brock Lesnar to an exclusive contract to the Smackdown brand which in the clause states that Lesnar was required to defend the WWE Championship in Smackdown sanctioned events, making the then “Undisputed” WWE Championship, disputed.
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As Lesnar became the face of the Smackdown brand, his first major test as champion was “Big Evil” himself, The Undertaker.
Their first match together was a standard singles match for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven 2002 resulting in a double disqualification and Lesnar retaining the WWE Championship. Following Unforgiven, Lesnar and Taker faced off in a Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy in October of 2002, which Lesnar won despite the Undertaker using his cast from a broken hand injury caused by Lesnar as a weapon.
Since their rivalry started, Lesnar has gotten the best of The Deadman on numerous occasions, as well as Lesnar eliminating Taker in the final moments of the Royal Rumble of 2003, and 11 years later “conquering the streak” as stated by Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman.
In the third Installment of the Battleground Pay Per View this past July, Lesnar faced off against the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion in Seth Rollins.
Lesnar showed dominance throughout the match, executing 13 German Suplexes, and even taking some offense from the Champion, as he looked poised to take the WWE Championship for the fifth time in his career.
However, due to outside interference by The Undertaker, Lesnar won the match, but was “screwed” out of the WWE Championship. The next night on Raw, “The Deadman” made his first appearance on a Monday Night since 2014, and elaborated that, because of Lesnar's continuous bragging about the streak ending, he had to make it clear that he was truly resurrected and Lesnar will pay.
Heyman countered by reminding him about the streak being conquered and made it clear that The Undertaker is Brock Lesnar’s lesser. This highly anticipated rematch is dubbed “Bigger than WrestleMania.” As both men face each other on pay per view for the fifth time.
This match in my eyes, depending on the stipulation, is going to be a strike fest. The audience will see both of these men execute their moves on point to weaken the opponent.
As a whole, the audience will see multiple uses of their respected finishing moves and a lot of near falls throughout their matches. There shouldn’t be too much dominance in the match as a whole, especially to the scale that Lesnar is used to.
However, this match is more needed for The Undertaker than Brock Lesnar. This is more needed for “The Deadman” as Taker has a lot to gain with this victory, Lesnar losing cleanly or even losing in a screwy doesn’t hurt him, especially with the fact that he has a total pay per view record against The Undertaker of three wins, zero loses and a tie due to a double disqualification.
Plus one loss could take away the streak as a whole.
Winner: The Undertaker
Thanks to Jake Sharpless at Rukuss.com for putting together the infographic.