Brock Lesnar squares off once more against Big Show.
This Saturday at New York's Madison Square Garden, the two monsters battle with agendas. Lesnar wants to steamroll Show and gain momentum for his Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker on October 25. Show wants to destroy The Beast and prove to the world he can still be dominant in the ring.
It’s the old tale of the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. Lesnar is a force of nature, while Show is a tough wall to topple. Something’s got to give here.
Ironically enough, Madison Square Garden was the stage of their first encounter.
Survivor Series 2002 brought this heavyweight matchup for the WWE title. Lesnar attempted to defend his title against Show. It was the first time Lesnar showcased his strength on another level, as he suplexed Big Show and hit him with an F-5 for the first time.
Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, got involved and cost Lesnar the title. Show chokeslammed Lesnar on a steel chair, unbeknownst to the referee for the three-count.
Big Show not only ended Lesnar’s first title reign, but he also became the first man to pin Lesnar.
Lesnar has dominated Show ever since. He toppled the giant in a stretcher match at 2003's Judgment Day. More recently, Lesnar defeated Show with a barrage of chair shots at the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Now, no titles are on the line. It’s about causing destruction, terror and mayhem to each other. The only thing worth fighting for in this super-heavyweight bout is pride.
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show at WWE Live Madison Square Garden brings their feud full circle.
Considering the stakes, fighting on a grand stage amplifies them further. This might be the last time we see The Beast and Show duel in the ring. Lesnar is on the road to Hell In A Cell. He should take the victory. However, if you go by wins and losses, Show needs the victory more.
Big Show is 43 years old. The fans on the Raw after WrestleMania shouted, “Please retire” to the once-beloved giant!
Show didn’t take too kindly to those words. It got worse when fans online wanted Show gone after he interrupted Heyman last Monday night.
The giant revealed to Michael Cole on a WWE interview that he was unfazed. His focus is on Lesnar, and rightfully so. He wants redemption. Show believes that if he beats Lesnar on Saturday, it will validate his legacy.
For Lesnar, it’s business as usual. You know the slogan by heart at this point: "Welcome to Suplex City!"
Lesnar must still be infuriated over what happened last SummerSlam, when The Beast passed out to Undertaker’s Hell’s Gate after controversial events.
He returns to the same city of New York, albeit in a neighboring borough. Those events are prominent in The Beast's mind. Lesnar wants to make an example of Show. His desire is to put Show down—possibly for the last time in Show’s career.
Lesnar can manhandle Big Show, and he won’t take this match lightly.
We have two volatile minds in two super heavyweights colliding on a course 13 years after they first fought.
A lot has changed since. Both became more effective with their strikes and strength. It's an understatement that this bout will be very different from their past encounters.
It’s apropos for these two to fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. It’s where their saga began, and it could be where it ends.
This Saturday, the feud between Lesnar and Big Show comes full circle. Toss finesse out the window. Frankly, all we can do is watch this humongous war come to a head.