Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar Will Surprise Fans at Royal Rumble

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

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Brock Lesnar, The Beast, will face the Big Show at the Royal Rumble.

Lesnar returned to make an impact on Old School Raw, but the world’s largest athlete had other plans. Show propelled Lesnar across the ring and reminded him that he isn’t exactly the big dog of the WWE.

Show challenged Lesnar on the following episode of SmackDown and The Beast accepted.

Despite all this, it seems there isn’t much to say about their upcoming encounter except that it boils down to a power game between two giants. However, there is so much more to this match.

Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar will surprise the WWE universe at the Royal Rumble.

In fact, this duo already has. Flash back to the 2002 Survivor Series, where both men first fought each other for the WWE title. Every fan got their money’s worth that night when Lesnar started suplexing the then-500-pound giant. No one expected Lesnar to deliver an F-5 to Show.

Imagine the sight of Lesnar lifting up the 500-pound Show on his shoulders, spinning him 90 degrees and slamming him to the ground. Priceless. Truly is a sight to behold.

Lesnar can do it again, as evidenced by his manhandling of Mark Henry on the last Raw of 2013. Delivering an F-5 to the world’s strongest man demonstrates the raw strength Lesnar still possesses.

But the important factor lies in the quality of the match. Can they deliver on that front? The answer is an emphatic "Yes!"

It took Lesnar quite a while to shake off the ring rust since his return in 2012. He fought John Cena and Triple H in matches with mixed results.

Last year saw a different turn, as he fought Triple H twice in better-quality matches at WrestleMania 29 and Extreme Rules. The Beast also fought CM Punk at SummerSlam in arguably WWE’s best match of 2013. Lesnar’s secret in these matches is being paired with wrestlers who can work a match.

Big Show, surprisingly, is no different.

Look at Show’s work with big men over the past two years. His matches with Mark Henry in 2011 and Sheamus in 2012 were classic big-man encounters for the now-defunct World Heavyweight Championship. With all due respect, they don’t have half the tools that Lesnar does either.

The two fighters also familiar with each other. Lesnar and Show began their rivalry in November of 2002, which led to matches in 2003 at the Royal Rumble and a stretcher match at Judgment Day.

They were the first two men to collapse the ring with their superplex on SmackDown. Frankly, who wouldn’t want to see that again?

The history they both have with Paul Heyman, who managed them both during this feud, only adds to the excitement. Heyman will be in Lesnar’s corner for this match. It wouldn’t shock anyone if he played a part in this match as well.

It’s a no-brainer. Brock Lesnar and Big Show will surprise the fans at the Royal Rumble. Hold on to your seats. As Jim Ross would say, “It’s going to be a slobber-knocker!”