5 Brock Lesnar moments that need to be seen to be believed
Ever since his debut, Brock Lesnar has been presented as the main event star. Lesnar’s matches carry a level of violence and intensity that sets him apart from the rest of the roster. The Beast Incarnate’s achievements in collegiate wrestling and the UFC have also added to his aura of legitimacy.
Throughout his remarkable career, Lesnar’s created several memorable moments. Here are five that need to be seen to be believed:
#5 Brock Lesnar and Big Show shatter the ring
In June of 2003, Brock Lesnar was in the middle of his second run as WWE Champion, and was one of the biggest stars on SmackDown. After his program with Cena, Lesnar was pitted in a feud with Big Show, who had previously handed the Beast Incarnate his first pinfall loss in WWE.
After Lesnar defeated Big Show in a stretcher match at Judgement Day 2003, the pair had a rematch which resulted in one of SmackDown’s most iconic moments. The match is remembered for a spot where Lesnar hit an impressive superplex on Big Show, causing the entire ring to collapse.
#4 Blurring the lines
At Summerslam 2016, Lesnar and Randy Orton, two OVW products, wrestled for the first time in 14 years. The match initially played out like a typical WWE main event, with both stars exchanging signature moves and nearfalls.
However, Lesnar soon grew weary of Orton’s resistance and blasted the Viper with a barrage of elbows and bareknuckle shots. With Orton left lying in a pool of blood, Lesnar was awarded a TKO victory.
In the aftermath of the match, several wrestlers and medics who weren’t aware of the planned finish were in a state of panic. Chris Jericho even reportedly confronted Lesnar backstage about the incident.
#3 Brock Lesnar gets squashed by Goldberg
After months of trading barbs, Goldberg returned to WWE after 12 years for a program with Brock Lesnar.
Even though the pair’s previous meeting at WrestleMania 20 was a disaster, fans were heavily invested in seeing Goldberg step into the ring against Lesnar, who had established himself as arguably WWE’s biggest star.
The expectation was that the former WCW star would go down in a valiant effort. However, Goldberg demolished The Beast Incarnate after a flurry of spears and a jackhammer, leaving the audience in disbelief. This was Lesnar’s first pinfall loss since WrestleMania 29.
#2 The shooting star press gone wrong
Brock Lesnar tore through the WWE roster during his rookie year, defeating some of the biggest names in professional wrestling. He also became the youngest Undisputed Champion in the company’s history when he pinned The Rock at SummerSlam 2002.
With WWE fixated on making him their next big star, Lesnar won the following year’s Royal Rumble and earned a WWE Championship match against Kurt Angle in the main event of WrestleMania 19.
To cap off his first appearance on the biggest stage, Lesnar took to the top rope and attempted a shooting star press. However, the former University of Minnesota standout botched the maneuver, landing squarely on his head. The fall would’ve maimed most men, but Brock Lesnar managed to avoid any serious injury.
#1 Brock Lesnar ends The Streak
For many years, The Streak was one of WWE’s biggest attractions. Legends such as Shawn Michaels, Triple H and CM Punk attempted to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania but to no avail. So what chance did a part-timer with only one year left on his contract have?
When they initially brought him back in 2012, WWE failed to maximize Lesnar’s value. The former UFC heavyweight champion’s starpower had been greatly diminished by high-profile losses to John Cena and Triple H. The fans expected Lesnar to be nothing more than yet another of The Undertaker’s victims.
However, after a last-minute change of plans, Lesnar stunned the world in one of the biggest upsets in professional wrestling history. The Streak ending stunned the fans into silence, and some of their reactions are the subject of memes to this day.
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