They don’t call Brock Lesnar “The Beast Incarnate” for nothing.
Lesnar is a dominant force in WWE, as much now as he was in the early 2000s in his first run with the company. Powerful, athletic, terrifying to look at and with a legitimate fighting background, Lesnar truly is one of a kind.
On the rare occasions he does step into the ring, it’s not often he gets beaten and when he does lose, it’s often in Triple Threats where the other man gets pinned, in no DQ matches where outside interference is a big factor, or through some sort of cheating.
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With Dean Ambrose set to face The Beast at WrestleMania, many are wondering who will be the victor. It’s safe to say that the only reason Dean has a chance in this match is because of the No Holds Barred stipulation, as the WWE has conditioned us to believe that, in a totally clean environment, Lesnar does not lose.
But will that change soon? Which wrestler do the WWE have on their current roster that might just be able to pull off a convincing win against Lesnar in a clean scenario? Furthermore, who would benefit the most from this huge accolade?
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Let’s start with the man who was rumoured to face Lesnar at Mania for some time. Strowman has been billed as the “Monster of The Wyatt family”, a mountain of a man who is still unpinned and unsubmitted. Whilst he’s not at the forefront of WWE TV yet, Strowman may have a bright future ahead of him, especially if rumours of his impending victory in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal are to be believed.
So, if the WWE are planning a huge push for Strowman, why not have him defeat one of the toughest opponents possible cleanly? Lesnar-Wyatt family tensions have been brewing for a while now and while there won’t be a blow-off to the feud at WrestleMania like everyone expected, there may be a future feud between the two entities in the future.
If Strowman did knock off Lesnar cleanly, it wouldn’t exactly be unbelievable; he’s big, tough and his Triangle Choke hold has put many of the company’s biggest stars to sleep over the past few months. This could then be used to drive Strowman away from The Wyatt Family and have him break out on his own, which is the direction the WWE looks to be taking.
Whether this happens or not is still to be seen, however, I don’t think it would be too unrealistic if Strowman did get one over on The Beast without any outside help.
The Swiss Superman vs The Beast Incarnate has become something of a dream match amongst modern fans. Both strong, both athletic and both over as hell, these two colliding would be something to see.
The Cesaro Section has been crying out for their hero to get a big push for ages now and what better way to do that than have him defeat Lesnar. The two would put on a great match and while Lesnar himself will still be around for a long time to come, Cesaro is a strong contender for the future of the company.
Brock could help cement this by handing Cesaro a win against him. With Cesaro’s amazing move-set, inhuman strength and dogged resiliency, a win against The Beast would not only be believable, but it might actually be welcomed.
If Joe does make the jump from NXT to the main roster, then he’ll be welcomed with open arms. The smart fans in the crowd will already know him as the destroyer from TNA and ROH, whilst the NXT fans will have seen what he’s capable of against the likes of Baron Corbin, Finn Balor and Sami Zayn.
The Samoan Submission Machine has suffered just one loss since coming to NXT (as of now), a win-loss record similar to that of one Brock Lesnar. If the two were to meet, firstly it would be a heck of a match, and secondly, it wouldn’t be too much of a shock if Joe’s vicious Coquina Clutch was enough to make The Beast pass out.
In the same way as Cesaro, a win over Lesnar would cement Joe as a future star. Granted, Joe is getting on a bit now and maybe his main roster push will never come, but if it were to happen and WWE was serious about him, then a win over Lesnar would be a great strat to recreating the success Joe has had elsewhere in the WWE.
Whilst in terms of physical appearance, these two men couldn’t be further apart, they actually have a similar background. Both are former IWGP Champion with New Japan Pro Wrestling and both have travelled the globe and worked for many different organisations.
WWE love to pit wrestlers with a similar background together (Styles most recent feud against Chris Jericho proves this) and if AJ’s popularity continues on its present course, two of the company’s biggest stars may find each other in their respective crosshairs.
While AJ isn’t big or powerful in the same sense as the other wrestlers I’ve mentioned, he has one of the most diverse and unique move sets in wrestling today. From aerial offence to submissions, Styles can do it all and that’s exactly how he should be marketing if he were to enter a match against Brock.
Fans love the underdog, just ask anyone who owns a Daniel Bryan T-shirt, and AJ would be the big underdog going into a match with Brock. However, if WWE wants to capitalise on AJ, arguably their biggest signing in years, then having him go over a top, established star would be a huge way to do this.
His in-ring diversity and veteran status would make a win against Lesnar all the more believable and, if the Phenomenal One is set for the long WWE career the fans are longing for, then it would do wonders for him and help build AJ as one of the top guys in WWE and indeed the world.