Wrestling 101: Brock Lesnar

Posted in The Three Count by - February 24, 2015

There has never been another wrestler like Brock Lesnar and I can guarantee that there never will be either. He is a genetic freak, an unstoppable force that is not to be trifled with, and a total beast. Since he entered the WWE in 2000, he was booked as an unstoppable force that was rarely beaten, and even when he was beaten, he still managed to look strong in the process. However, Lesnar left the WWE in 2004 due to being burned-out , only to join the UFC and become a legit fighter, winning the UFC Heavyweight championship from Randy Couture. However, Lesnar had to deal with diverticulitis which cut his UFC career short, resulting in his long-awaited return to the WWE in 2012. His return has been mostly successful and highly controversial, but best for business none the less.

No Mercy 2002: Lesnar Vs. Taker

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (No Mercy 2002… by puropwgwwestuff

Prior to their infamous encounter at Wrestlemania 30, Lesnar and Undertaker had one of the most brutal Hell in a Cell encounters at the No Mercy PPV. Lesnar had been attacking Taker for weeks prior to the event going so far as to break his arm. With a cast on his arm, Taker took on Lesnar in the cell for the WWE title in a brutal, bloody encounter. The match is insane with multiple false finishes and some hilarious interference from Paul Heyman. The final sequence is awesome, with Lesnar countering a Tombstone Piledriver into an F5; it’s truly awe-inspiring. He then climbs the Cell and stands atop it like a true conqueror. 

Wrestlemania 19: Lesnar vs. Angle

WWE WrestleMania XIX – WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle from TerryTheTitan on Vimeo.

The match between Lesnar and Angle has become known for the finale which featured Lesnar botching the Shooting Star Press and almost killing himself in the process. Aside from the finish, the match is a technical masterpiece between two extremely skilled wrestlers including a fair amount of mat wrestling. Angle was a Olympic gold champion and Lesnar was an NCAA champion so their pedigrees are well documented and well respected. It’s one of the best main events Mania has ever had, and it set the bar for technical wrestling.

Summerslam 2013: The Beast vs. The Best

CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar – SummerSlam 2013 by AndresGuilherme

I’m a huge mark for CM Punk, and I’m bummed that he quit, mainly because we never got to see a rematch of what I consider to be the best match of 2013. While on paper the match it would seem that CM Punk would be completely under-matched against Lesnar, but he wasn’t. Punk’s technical prowess matched Lesnar’s power at every move with the two of them trading blows and finishers. My only issue with the match is the ending since it relied too heavily on Punk attempting to beat up Heyman only to eat an F5 from Lesnar.

No Way Out 2004: Lesnar vs. Guerrero

WWE No Way Out 2004 Brock Lesnar Vs Eddie Guerrero by dm_52309b920e286

Again, the WWE played up the size difference between Lesnar and Guerrero to create an amazing match. Guerrero won the title off Lesnar with his signature Frog Splash, and cemented himself as one of the best high-flying wrestlers ever. It’s a true David vs. Goliath match that shows Lesnar had his best matches when he was against someone smaller than him. 

Wrestlemania 30: The Streak is Conquered

Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 30… by watchwwelive

This match is one of the most controversial, if not the most controversial, matches in the history of the WWE. As I was in attendance at Wrestlemania 30, I can attest to the absolute shock felt by the crowd at the end of the match. It’s unbelievable to think the Streak ended at the hands of Lesnar but it just reinforces the fact that he is a real beast. The match itself isn’t the greatest due to Undertaker suffering a concussion early on in the match which caused him to be unable to pull off most of his moves to the best of his ability. The ending is all you have to see if you don’t want to watch the whole match; it’s insane. 

Lesnar is one of the most intense competitors the WWE has ever had on the roster, and one can hope that he chooses to re-sign with and continue putting on some of the hardest hitting matches ever seen. 

Wrestling 101 Series

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2. Shawn Michaels

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