"The Best Incarnate" Brock Lesnar made his intentions to vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship quite clear several weeks ago, and he took the first step toward doing so at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view by defeating Big Show in impressive fashion.
WrestleZone.com details how the match finished:
Fantastic, Lesnar ducks an knock out punch, hoists Show on his shoulders - runs around - then F5's him. Lesnar fantastic as always— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 27, 2014
Lesnar's post match attack continues with a chair. JBL asks "who's going to stop him?" Let me think....— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 27, 2014
Mericfully, Lesnar walks off. Leaving Big Show in a heap. Wonder, just wonder, if we see Lesnar in the Rumble later tonight.— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) January 27, 2014
After Lesnar won, he took a metal chair and continued to assault Big Show before finally walking off the stage. There was no question who won this match.
When Lesnar returned to WWE programming about a month ago, he immediately made his presence felt by spearing Mark Henry through a barricade and hitting him with a thunderous F-5.
Lesnar then followed that up by injuring Henry with a Kimura Lock, which caused Big Show to get involved. Big Show rag-dolled Lesnar over the next couple weeks and was built up to look like a legitimate threat, but Lesnar was ultimately able to prevail.
Despite the fact that Lesnar is a spectacle, there wasn't a great deal of excitement regarding his match heading into the Royal Rumble. That had a lot to do with the fact that Lesnar and Big Show had wrestled each other many times previously.
In fact, they wrestled a singles match at the 2003 Royal Rumble for a chance to get into the Rumble match itself, so WWE obviously didn't reinvent the wheel by having them face each other again. The creative team barely drew on the past history between Lesnar and Big Show, which certainly took away from the importance of the match.
Ultimately, Sunday's match was nothing more than a showcase for Lesnar. It was fairly apparent from the start that having Lesnar go over was the plan, and that came to fruition at the Rumble pay-per-view.
Big Show is still a useful veteran on the roster, but the lack of interest in his recent main event run that saw him face Randy Orton for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series proved that Big Show is little more than a midcarder at this point in his career.
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Lesnar, on the other hand, is a major draw who needed a big win upon his return. It can be argued that beating Big Show doesn't pack as much of a punch as it used to, but any time someone is able to execute power moves on a giant like Lesnar did to Big Show at the Rumble, it is certainly impressive.
Now that Lesnar has made a statement, he can be placed in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture. With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view nestled in between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania XXX, it is essentially guaranteed that Lesnar will be in the Chamber match.
With that in mind, Lesnar could potentially enter WrestleMania as the champion, although there are a number of different avenues that he could take. A feud with The Undertaker is very much a possibility as well, and it would obviously lead to an incredible match on the grandest stage of them all.
Whatever the case, Lesnar now has plenty of momentum on his side. Big Show getting the upper hand on a couple of occasions prior to the Rumble was a means to an end since it helped make Lesnar look even stronger when he vanquished his foe at the Royal Rumble.
Now that his feud with Show is in the rearview mirror, Lesnar will move on to bigger and better things higher up on the card.
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