It’s the day after WrestleMania 18 and the beast we all love is being announced to the world as ‘The Next Big Thing’.
2002 was arguably the year of Brock Lesnar, as he systematically destroyed seemingly everyone on the roster, tearing his way through the ‘King Of The Ring tournament’ and eventually challenging The Rock for his then, WWE Undisputed Championship.
Meanwhile, The Rock had come out of one of the best matches of all time, battling Hulk Hogan at 'Mania for the very first time, and he looked to be at the peak of his career.
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These were the days when SmackDown was synonymous with The Rock, it was his show, and he made everyone on the roster remember that.
That was until Brock Lesnar entered the picture.
Their subsequent rivalry culminated in a title match at SummerSlam, where The Rock lost to Brock Lesnar, and SmackDown then became Brock’s domain. He went on to have an epic rivalry with Big Show that year, achieving some of the highest SmackDown ratings in the entire show's history.
The key in all of this was the top guy in the company at the time (The Rock) putting over Brock Lesnar in order to move the company forward.
So that raises the question, why do we need this again?
Many people might argue this a dream match scenario, yet we have already seen the outcome before.
Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock in his prime when he was beginning his career with the WWE, whereas we could argue that Brock is now in the prime of his career and therefore should be thinking about putting over the next talent who will carry the torch going forward, rather than facing The Rock once again
The most difficult factor behind all of this is that when Brock ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak, this essentially meant that he became the most unstoppable force in the WWE. This passing of the torch signalled something very significant, and thus, it has created a dilemma.
Brock Lesnar cannot simply lose to anyone now because many are likely to argue ‘Well what was the point of breaking the streak?’.
WWE even went as far as to sell Brock Lesnar T-shirts with the ‘Eat, Sleep, and Break The Streak’ quote emblazoned on them.
Therefore, whilst a dream rematch between The Rock & Brock Lesnar would be a spectacle to watch, it should something WWE decides to shelve for many years to come. After all, both men are in incredible shape and are likely to continue to be for many years to come. This match would be better suited as one of the final matches that these two superstars have in their wrestling careers. If it were to occur now, it would be a forgone conclusion, Brock would have to win.
Brock Lesnar should continue conquering within the WWE for years to come, until such a time when he wishes to move on from his wrestling career, and when this moment arrives, maybe it's he who should then put over the next big thing.
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