The Next Big Thing. The Beast Incarnate. The Conqueror. Former NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. Former IWGP Champion. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Former WWE Champion. Current WWE Universal Champion. All of these titles are befitting of one man – BROCK LESNAR!
Brock Lesnar has been a force to reckon with since his WWE main roster debut on the Monday Night RAW after WrestleMania 18 in 2002. At SummerSlam that year, he defeated The Rock to become the WWE Undisputed Champion, becoming the youngest WWE Champion (at that time) in history. Brock dominated his competition. He would throw his opponents to the canvas with his devastating finisher, the F5. He main evented WrestleMania 19 with former Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, where he won the WWE Championship again.
At WrestleMania 20 the following year, Brock Lesnar had his last match for the company, or so we thought at the time. Brock wanted to pursue other interests. He tried out for the Minnesota Vikings, getting cut on the last day. He went to New Japan Pro Wrestling and won the IWGP Championship.
A short time later, Brock expressed his interest in pursuing a mixed martial arts career. He had one mixed martial arts match before signing with Dana White and the UFC. In his first match, he lost to Frank Mir. He rebounded from that loss by demolishing Heath Herring, then beat Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Mir in a rematch and beat Shane Carwin, before losing the title to Cain Velasquez. Brock had his final UFC fight, at the time, against Alistar Overeem, when he announced his retirement after the fight.
If you have made it this far in the article, you may be wondering why am I listing all of Lesnar’s accolades. It’s simple – it lays the foundation for the character of Brock Lesnar upon his return to the WWE.
The RAW after WrestleMania 28 saw the Beast return and layout John Cena with an F5. After losing to Cena in his first match back, Vince devised a plan to get the most out of Lesnar in his second run with the company. Vince capitalized on Brock’s popularity as a mixed martial artist and worked it into his matches. Brock destroyed his competition and Vince knew it would garner mainstream attention. Whenever Brock was on a UFC card or a WWE card, people paid to see him fight. Lesnar would completely destroy John Cena in their WWE Championship match at SummerSlam 2014.
He put on a suplex clinic against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31. The fans loved it. Brock brought legitimacy to the business, which is what Vince was looking for. Whether anyone wants to hear it or not, Brock = Money! Brock even returned to the octagon at UFC 200 and defeated Mark Hunt where he proved to still be a draw for MMA fans.
Over the last few matches, you can see the fans getting upset at the same move set from Brock – German Suplex, German Suplex, Belly-To-Belly Overhead Suplex, Suplex, Suplex, Suplex, etc., F5, match over. But this is his bread and butter. Vince knows it and sees dollar signs when Brock hits his moves. But maybe after this past WrestleMania, we will see something different from Brock Lesnar. The fans were upset with his match against Reigns as it was the same old thing, again.
Maybe Vince will allow Brock to do more or become more vicious in his matches. At the end of last year Brock had a phenomenal match with AJ Styles, no pun intended. But he still looked strong but also made Styles look great by selling for his offense. Or maybe it’s time for Brock to do what’s “best for business” and start to put over the younger talent since his days in the WWE are probably coming to an end. It’s time to put over Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and, yes, Roman Reigns.
Whatever match Brock is in, he will garner attention from the mainstream. He will put butts in seats and dollars bills in Vince’s or Dana’s pockets. He is an attraction. He is a once in a lifetime athlete. When he is gone, we will all wish someone like him was still around to dominate the ring or the octagon. For the time being, enjoy his dominance. He is significant. He is the Beast Incarnate. He is………….BRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOCK………..LESNAR!!!!!