At SummerSlam Brock Lesnar became a four-time WWE Champion, He’s the youngest WWE champion in the history of the company, winner of the Royal Rumble, King of the Ring and he’s the only one to ever defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. That’s a list of accolades most wrestlers would dream of and Lesnar has done it all and in just a little over 4 years in WWE.
Even though it’s well documented, I think it’s important to take a minute to review his career timeline.
– After graduating college in 2000, Brock signed with the WWE.
– He made his TV debut in March of 2002.
– In June of 2002 he won King of the Ring. For those who don’t remember, that year was a single elimination tournament to determine the number one contender to the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam.
– In August of 2002 he defeated The Rock for the WWE World Title at SummerSlam.
– March of 2004 he lost to Goldberg in what was his final match in WWE.
– Later in 2004, Brock would leave the WWE to pursue a career in the NFL.
– In November of 2008, Brock defeated Randy Couture to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
– In April of 2012, Brock made his return to the WWE.
– In April of 2014, Brock ended The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
– In August of 2014, Brock defeated John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It’s safe to say, that’s one of the greatest resumes in wrestling history. To take it to another level, it’s the greatest career in WWE history. After being in developmental for about a year, he made his debut and won the WWE Championship in just six months. Not only did he win the title, he defeated The Rock to win it. If you can name one wrestler to make that kind of impact in that short amount of time in the business, I would love to hear it. Ok, I’ll wait…
Brock got bored and decided he wanted to give the NFL a try. After that didn’t work out the way he wanted, he went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion by beating one of the greatest fighters the sport had ever seen. As champion, he would tie the record for consecutive UFC Heavyweight Championship defenses. After a battle with diverticulitis, Lesnar would make a return to WWE where he would solidify himself as the greatest wrestler in the history of the WWE.
On his first night back on RAW, he would show up with a bang. Brock would interrupt Cena during a promo. In an attempt to welcome him back, Lesnar would destroy Cena with an F-5. Although Brock lost to Cena at Extreme Rules, he still looked beastly doing it.
Then he would go on to a feud where he would break Triple H’s arm at SummerSlam, but then lose a match to him at WrestleMania 29 with Triple H’s career on the line.Looking back at the start of his return, Brock really should not have lost a single match. If WWE planned to have Brock where he is now, then he really should have never lost.
Now lets fast-forward to WrestleMania 30. Lesnar became the first man to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania, something I was extremely against at the time. I originally believed that the streak should have never been touched, let alone broken by someone who is a part-timer. Today, I have a completely different opinion about the streak. Although I do wish it were never broken, Brock was the right guy to do it. All Lesnar does is make massive impacts on the sport. Keeping it real, there’s no one in the WWE who can defeat Brock in any kind of combat sport. If he’s on the roster, he’s by far the baddest dude in the company. It makes total sense that he would pin Taker in the middle of the ring. You don’t become the best without a little controversy and Brock ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania was a very controversial and hated decision.
Then, in his first match after beating The Undertaker, Brock absolutely destroys John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With today’s current landscape, I never thought I would see anyone manhandle Cena like that. It was an absolute destruction and again Brock made a huge statement. After that victory, they retired the Heavyweight Championship and made the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just one belt.
Talk about making an impact a one year. Brock won the two biggest matches in this era and realistically I never thought I would see either of them happen. It makes a huge statement that WWE would allow him to beat The Undertaker and hold the championship while sticking to his part-time status.
In a video promo, leading up to his SummerSlam match with Cena, Lesnar said that there would be no John Cena if he hadn’t left the company in 2004. That’s a big statement because John Cena seems to be the perfect wrestler in the eyes of Vince McMahon, but you never know. Brock is the greatest combination of size and athleticism and with the partnership with Paul Heyman; there might not have been much of a need for someone like Cena. Of course that’s total speculation and a bit hard to believe with what Cena has become but again, you never know.
Of course I couldn’t talk about the greatness of Brock Lesnar without talking about his mouthpiece. Brock is not very good at cutting promos but really he doesn’t need to. He lets his physical stature and destructive actions do the talking. That is unless he has something to say when the great Paul Heyman steps in. As the advocate for Brock Lesnar, Heyman has cut some of the greatest promos of all-time. Without Heyman, Brock is not as intriguing. They are truly one of the greatest wrestler/manager combinations in the history of sports entertainment. Combining him with Brock Lesnar makes him legit because all of the top guys need a good promo game and Heyman provides that to make Lesnar the complete package.
Brock Lesnar will defeat Cena in the rematch at Night of Champions and carry the title into WrestleMania where I expect him to put over a fire-hot Roman Reigns. Something else that will add to his greatness will be his ability to put over the next in line superstar.
In my eyes, Brock Lesnar’s impact and accomplishments in such a short amount of time, makes him the greatest of all time.
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