At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar delivered a brutal—and downright terrifying—performance as he defeated The Big Show.
The match, which barely lasted two minutes, consisted mostly of punches and steel chair shots, before Lesnar ended things with one of the nastiest-looking F5's ever.
He wasn't finished there either: After the bout was over, the former UFC champion proceeded to clobber the giant with a whopping 12 more chair shots.
All through this, Paul Heyman kept yelling encouragement at his client, as well as bringing in even more chairs for him to use on his barely conscious foe. That's true friendship, right there.
The brawl was hardly a technical wrestling master class, but it obviously wasn't meant to be. The point is clear: WWE wants to establish Lesnar as an absolute monster en route to WrestleMania.
On Monday night, Lesnar, accompanied by Heyman, stormed to ring during the (awful) Randy Orton-Batista confrontation and demanded a title shot.
When no answer was given to his request from upper management, the star proceeded to wreak havoc on the The New Age Outlaws vs. Cody Rhodes and Goldust bout later on in the show—and ominously threatened that there was more to come.
Presumably, The Authority will cave in to his demands and he will compete for the belt in the Elimination Chamber match at the upcoming pay-per-view.
We probably shouldn’t expect him to emerge victorious, though. First of all, he doesn’t work house shows, and the company really does require a WWE world heavyweight champion who will.
Secondly, he’s likely facing The Undertaker at the WrestleMania XXX event. And there’s really no place for the title in that feud. (Undertaker barely wrestles.)
Indeed, don’t be too surprised if The Undertaker uses his, erm, supernatural powers to cause a distraction during the Elimination Chamber and cost the former MMA fighter the match.
WWE’s booking of Lesnar over the past week makes a lot of sense in you think of it within the context of the star being the next man to challenge the streak.
It's hard for fans to buy that anyone has a legitimate shot at beating Undertaker's infamous streak anymore. CM Punk failed to do so. Triple H and Shawn Michaels couldn't manage it (Triple H has even had three chances at it over the years).
Others, like Edge and Batista, have also made valiant efforts but still came up short.
But by reminding fans of Lesnar's frightening strength and brutality, management may very well be able to convince people that, hey, maybe this guy does have a fair shot, after all.
Of course, it is hard to see the wrestler actually defeating Undertaker on April 6, but this is WWE. Stranger things have happened.
The Undertaker vs. Lesnar match has, of course, been heavily anticipated ever since the two had their brief but tense ringside confrontation following Lesnar's loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in October 2010. The bout has literally been years in the making.
However, per a recent report, from Wrestling Observer Newsletter via WrestlingInc.com, there is concern within management about whether Lesnar's famously tough in-ring style will be too much for the physically fragile Undertaker.
This report also claimed the bookers were contemplating replacing Lesnar with Sheamus in the bout, and what a major disappointment that would be.
Ultimately, though, it's difficult to see WWE following through with this alternative plan.
Come on, Lesnar-Undertaker is the program everyone clearly wants to see—their UFC confrontation has garnered over five million viewers on YouTube.
Sure, management may have to convince Lesnar to come in during his days off and work through the various spots for the bout with “The Deadman” and road agents—just to ensure the match is as carefully planned as possible, minimizing the risk of anything going wrong and hurting the veteran.
But that’s hardly a huge inconvenience to anyone, is it? Especially when it comes to the biggest show of the year?