With Brock Lesnar and WWE both announcing Lesnar's involvement with WWE 12, I thought this would be a good time to look back at some key matches in Brock Lesnar's short career with WWE.
Lesnar has obviously done big things in the UFC, but we cannot forget what he did in WWE and the impact that he immediately made.
Paul Heyman brought forth the monster Brock Lesnar into the WWE, and he became someone we will never forget.
So here's Brock Lesnar's top 10 unforgettable matches in the WWE.
Some of you might not even remember this match.
I mean, look at John Cena's hat!
But this was before John Cena was the only money maker for WWE.
Brock Lesnar put John Cena down in this match. A few weeks prior to the match, Lesnar had almost ended Cena's career with a vicious F-5 to the ring post.
If we think about this happening now, if Cena's career almost ended, he would've came back, fed us all the stuff about how he's fighting for us fans and would've ended up winning the WWE Championship. But that didn't happen. Lesnar was the dominant force, and he kept Cena from being the superhero that he wanted to be.
OK, so this wasn't the greatest match in Lesnar's career. But I think it defined him as a legitimate heel.
When I think Lesnar in WWE, I almost always think of this feud. I remember Brock throwing Gowen down a flight of stairs. I remember this assault in front of Gowen's family. This put Brock Lesnar on top.
Lesnar lost this match via disqualification, but it didn't matter.
He wanted to hurt people. And what better way to get the fans to hate you and hurt someone at the same time by attacking a one-legged wrestler?
Brock Lesnar didn't win this match, either.
But it set up what would be the last feud Lesnar would have in his WWE career.
Bill Goldberg interfered in this WWE Championship match, giving Guerrero the chance to pick up the victory over the heavily-favored Lesnar.
Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar would be set up for Wrestlemania XX.
This was a highly-criticized match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar.
Both Superstars were expected to leave WWE after this match.
So it is only fitting that this be included as one of the biggest matches in Brock Lesnar's career. Lesnar was pegged to leave the WWE in order to pursue a career in the NFL (which was short lived).
Lesnar would end up losing the match to Goldberg.
Afterwards, Lesnar would end up going to New Japan Pro Wrestling, then he made his way into the UFC, where he has had the most success.
Fans knew he was leaving during the WrestleMania match and pretty much booed him out of the building.
Although some fans may not remember this to be Lesnar's last feud with WWE, it was. I tried to find the most important matches in Lesnar's career, and although he lost the past three in this slideshow, they were vital to his career.
There's not much to say about this match.
Lesnar proved his dominance in WWE.
Let's go through the checklist:
- Main Event WrestleMania? Yep.
- Win the WWE Championship? Yep.
- Defeat a legitimate Superstar like Kurt Angle? Yep.
- Botch a Shooting Star Press that should've never happened? Yep.
Brock Lesnar eliminated the Undertaker to win the Royal Rumble back in 2003.
He ended up defeating Kurt Angle to win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XIX.
Winning a Royal Rumble usually is one of the highlights of a superstar's career. And I think it was one of the highlight's of Lesnar's career, as well.
He entered in at No. 29 and made short work of the remaining participants to win.
This was a match on Smackdown. Not a PPV match. Not a WrestleMania headliner. It was a match that was shown for free all over the world.
And what a match it was.
The winner of the match would go on to face the Rock at SummerSlam.
Let's just add Hulk Hogan to the long list of victims that Brock Lesnar has taken out.
To be honest, this was my No. 1 match.
But then I looked at the picture.
Lesnar beat the Undertaker. True.
It's an impressive feat. True
Only problem? Lesnar beat The American Bad Ass Undertaker, not the Deadman. (Yes, there's a big difference.)
But let's go through the history of this match. Lesnar and Undertaker went to a double disqualification the first time around. So WWE had to put them in Hell in a Cell the next month. Lesnar had broken Undertaker's hand with a propane tank in the weeks leading up to the match.
Lesnar barely beat The American Bad Ass Undertaker, who was forced to wrestle with a broken hand.
I wasn't too impressed. Sure, this stays on the list, but it is not my No. 1.
I was very excited to be able to give this match some spotlight.
The match between RVD and Lesnar for the King of the Ring was the best match in Lesnar's career, in my opinion.
The two fought to the end. I was a huge RVD fan back then, and I had been pulling for him the entire match. But then Paul Heyman got involved.
RVD hit the Five Star Frog Splash and looked like he was going to pull off the upset. Seconds later, RVD goes up for a springboard splash and get's caught and swung around into the F-5.
Man, was I disappointed. But Lesnar was a rookie at the time. And the win would finally give him some main event credibility.
This match would propel Lesnar. A victory over the Rock was exactly what Brock Lesnar needed.
It was the single greatest moment in Brock Lesnar's short career.
Not many can say that they defeated The Rock right down the middle and won the WWE Championship.
Watch and re-live it here (via YouTube).