All roads lead to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. The WWE powerhouse remains the biggest draw on the roster today, making his importance is critical to a successful event. Just as critical as the beast incarnate, is his opponent.
A lot has been written and speculated about WrestleMania 32 and we are still months away from the event. As we slowly begin to enter “WrestleMania season”, one of the biggest question marks on the show is Brock Lesnar. For a man so imperative to marketing the biggest event in years, the WWE has sure played its cards close in regards to how they are booking the former UFC and WWE champion.
The only thing we know at this time is the guy Brock WON’T be wrestling at WrestleMania. Brock will not be wrestling the Undertaker. It is well documented that Brock vs. Taker was originally booked on the show. However, Vince McMahon expedited that program recently after coming up with a new idea for Brock. Whatever this idea is, it has remained guarded as there have been no credible leaks regarding the impetus for the change in plans. Yet one must presume that whatever the idea is, it has to be a good one as the company has already invested a lot of money into it simply by booking Brock for extra dates to expedite the Undertaker program in addition to booking Undertaker for those same appearances.
Without any knowledge other than logical reasoning, I came up with a list of potential opponents for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. Keep in mind I am not reporting nor hoping for any match in particular here, I am just speculating on the lay of the land today and what it looks like a few months from now.
Brock Lesnar vs. Sheamus for the WWE world championship
I would have to say that as of today, this looks like the best bet on the show. Roman Reigns is already getting his rematch with Sheamus at TLC which leads me to think that their program will conclude before WrestleMania. Other than John Cena I can’t think of anyone else in the WWE title spot that makes more sense than Brock. While some of you may groan and I completely get it, the idea of a Brock vs. Sheamus match is not a bad idea. The idea of that match headlining WrestleMania is definitely a bad idea.
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Going into the Survivor Series it appeared that this was the logical match. Prior to Seth Rollins getting hurt, Roman Reigns was reportedly booked to unseat Rollins and win the WWE title at Survivor Series. A rematch at TLC 2015 and blow-off at the Royal Rumble 2016 seemed like the logical trajectory with Lesnar winning the Rumble and giving Reigns the endorsement in Dallas. Current reports indicate that Reigns had been slotted recently to pair with John Cena at Mania, leaving Brock open for another opponent. I like the idea of Reigns finally slaying the dragon at WrestleMania. I just think it would be best served to wait a year and pencil it in for WrestleMania 33 as opposed to back-to-back Manias.
Brock Lesnar vs. Bray Wyatt
The pattern with Bray seems to be to squash him up until TLC and then rebuild him for a big match at Mania. He’s had John Cena and the Undertaker the last two years, so Brock would make sense with that line of thinking. Quite frankly I think a program here between these guys would be really intriguing. I just think they’ve done so much damage to Bray, that nobody in their right mind would buy into this as more than just a glorified squash match…like Bray’s match at 31.
Brock Lesnar vs. Batista
This one is a real dark horse, yet I wouldn’t completely rule it out. Big Dave’s run didn’t go well at all a couple of years ago and he hasn’t been shy about confirming that in recent interviews. I have to imagine that he’d be interesting in coming back for a run with Brock if nothing more than to go out on a higher note than he did the last time out. It’s something of a dream match although Batista is hardly the monster today that he was when he ruled SmackDown. It’s something different and possible so I certainly won’t rule it out.
Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock
Now here is the match I expected to see all along. As soon as Vince expedited that program between Brock and Taker I assumed this one was on the books. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t, but all reports indicate that this one is quite a longshot from happening at AT&T Stadium. I can’t think of a bigger match that the WWE could book today (logically) than this one. It’s everything you want on a show with AT&T Stadium booked and there is nothing in the cards that could come close to matching the star power and crossover with casual fans. Unfortunately all reports point to Rock not wrestling on the event which makes this one less likely than ever.
That’s it! Other than these few guys I am completely stumped at figuring out Brock’s opponent. Sure there are other guys on the roster like Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, and Alberto Del Rio but logically it would appear that a match with any of those guys vs. Brock would be worth the investment made in expediting the Undertaker program.
At this point I’m going with Brock vs. Sheamus but as we’ve seen several times already, anything can change at any given point.