What do you do with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 a year after breaking the Undertaker’s streak at 30? That is the question being asked on social media and a new report reveals some interesting scenarios in discussion for the former UFC and WWE champion.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Bryan Alvarez has the scoop in the latest edition of his Figure Four Weekly newsletter. According to Alvarez, the WWE have penciled in a couple of possible Mania 31 opponents for Brock. One is the usual suspect while another is a bit of a surprise.
According to the report the WWE are still hanging on to the hopes that they can pull off a Brock vs. Rock match at WrestleMania. Alvarez reports that the WWE are penciling in the match, hoping that The Rock will be game for the big match. For those of you keeping track, that will be the second Mania in a row that they have tried to pull off the match although I remember hearing some rumblings back at 29 about a match.
I think the idea is great but I am not so sure it is realistic. The Rock suffered some serious injuries in his last match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29. The injuries were so serious that The Rock’s starring role in the move Hercules was put in jeopardy. There was a fear at the time that Hollywood directors would pressure Rock to avoid any more ring time. There will be a lot of hurdles to overcome to get this match done.
The Undertaker’s injuries this year against Brock are going to do the match no favors. If The Rock had a hard time staying healthy against John Cena, imagine the risk he is putting himself in with Lesnar? Lesnar is very physical and while he’ll take care of The Rock, there is only so much he can do without compromising the integrity of the match. Their match at SummerSlam 2002 is one of the most underrated matches of that decade but that was a decade ago and a lot has changed since then.
Undoubtedly this is the biggest match the WWE could pull off next year at WrestleMania. I don’t see another breakthrough match on the table. If Sting were a few years younger they could have done something with him and John Cena but I have doubts Sting can live up those expectations at this stage of the game. I suppose you could do something with Kurt Angle against Brock or Cena if Angle returns but that is still nothing compared to the potential of Rock and Lesnar.
The dark horse would be Cesaro vs. Lesnar next year at Mania 31. Alvarez reports that the match is something of a backup plan if they can’t sign The Rock. If the WWE can commit to this now, they can take a whole year to build this up. Otherwise a lot can happen over the course of a year and it remains to be seen whether the WWE can fully commit to pushing Cesaro.
I’d love to see it but the WWE have never given fans the perception that Cesaro is capable of hanging with the elite level of guys. On paper today it reads like a squash match. Cesaro needs to go on a roll and get some big wins before I can take this match seriously. Coming close against John Cena is one thing but pinning him is another.
I will throw a name in here as a complete guess. Roman Reigns. I predicted a Reigns vs. Lesnar match in my WrestleMania 31 predictions. I could see people buying this one before Cesaro vs. Lesnar. Reigns going over the guy at Mania who ended the streak would be a game changer for him as well where I don’t know if Cesaro is ready for that. I love Reigns in this spot.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Of course it is very early and if you go back through the last twelve months you can find many ideas that the WWE had on paper for WrestleMania 30 (Daniel Bryan/Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker, Triple H vs. Steve Austin) that sounded good at the time but never had any serious momentum outside of the initial story.
This is all card subject to change until we get much closer to the big event. Although it’s nice to see the buzz started early.
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