Let’s start this off by going back to April 6th of this year. Wrestlemania XXX was in full swing and the Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar was giving us our first look at an obviously weakened Undertaker. The man was 21-0 at Wrestlemania, looking for 22-0. Sure, Brock Lesnar was being booked as an indestructible monster, but he couldn’t REALLY be the one to end Taker’s legendary streak, could he? Surely they would not give it to someone who’s only other match in 2014 was at the Royal Rumble….right?
Well, the WWE did allow Lesnar to end Taker’s streak, and fans were left with this reaction:
It was shocking. Sure, Brock Lesnar certainly had the physical tools and presence to defeat the Undertaker, but that man rarely ever wrestled in 2014. He had one match against the Big Show at the Rumble, then months later was his Wrestlemania XXX match. It was hard for many fans to accept that THIS was the way Taker’s streak would end.
Fast forward a few months to August 17th, 2014, and Lesnar was performing in only his third match of the year; this time against John Cena at SummerSlam. Continuing his reign as an unstoppable beast, Lesnar manhandled Cena like no one ever had before, defeating him in what can only be described as a squash match with Cena taking SIXTEEN German suplexes and two F-5s on the way to a brutal defeat. The rematch was set for one month later, at Night of Champions where even though Cena put up more of a fight, Lesnar still could not be stopped after FOUR Attitude Adjustments and a number of STFs. It took a disqualification at the hands of Seth Rollins to end the match.
Brock Lesnar’s 2014 results:
Destroyed Big Show
Destroyed John Cena
Destroyed John Cena (but not as badly as SummerSlam)
Clearly, the WWE creative team wants us to believe that Lesnar is not human, and cannot be defeated. He’s The Conqueror, the Beast Incarnate. The Dead Man could not beat him. The World’s Largest Athlete could not beat him. And the face of the WWE for the past decade could not beat him. Could anyone defeat Lesnar? That’s obviously the question that WWE creative wants on our minds as we plow through the next line of PPVs until Wrestlemania XXXI on March 29th, 2015.
Now, I’m not claiming to have any sort of “know how” in terms of how wrestling is booked or how creative works behind the scenes, but speaking as a fan, I can answer the question of “Could anyone defeat Lesnar?” The answer should be “No.” No one should be defeat Lesnar from now until Wrestlemania. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that Lesnar should not even be defeated AT Wrestlemania. He should hold onto the title for a year or longer, which would make him the greatest and most dominant heel of all time. Anyone who faces Lesnar at any subsequent PPV that Lesnar “chooses” to fight in should be destroyed.
The interesting thing is, I believe the WWE creative team agrees with me. They’ve already shown it in two matches: Brock/Taker at WM XXX, and Brock/Cena at SummerSlam. Defeating the Undertaker at Wrestlemania is HUGE. Taker is a man that has defeated the best of the best; everyone from Jimmy Snuka to Shawn Michaels has come up short when going up against Taker at Wrestlemania. Not only did Lesnar defeat Taker, he did so in dominant fashion. If that match didn’t convince you, then just look at the Cena SummerSlam match. WWE creative allowed Cena to be portrayed as a child trying to fight a man. He was helpless against Lesnar’s onslaught. Cena is the face of the company, mind you. The problem is even though WWE creative seems to want to head down this path with Lesnar, they can’t seem to commit because a month later, Cena came tearing back at NoC, and even though Lesnar wouldn’t go down after four finishers, he still was potentially on the verge of tapping out to Cena (I guess we’ll never know if he would or not).
Why would WWE creative be willing to tear down this aura of indestructibility so quickly? Is it simply to sell more Cena t-shirts and wrist bands? On that note, is it simply to keep the casual fanbase happy so they can see their hero mount another comeback and defeat evil? Let me make one thing very clear: if Lesnar were to lose against anyone prior to Wrestlemania…ANYONE at all, then not one person would buy him as The Conqueror or Beast Incarnate anymore. He would no longer be invincible. In fact, allowing Lesnar to lose at any point before Wrestlemania would not only destroy Lesnar’s current character, but it would ruin the Undertaker’s legacy as well because then Taker would have only been defeated by another big, strong guy, not a once in a lifetime monster. It diminishes everyone’s legacy.
Back in the day, Andre the Giant was unstoppable. When Hulk Hogan defeated him at Wrestlemania III, it was a big, big. BIG deal. Goldberg’s undefeated streak was the best thing to happen to WCW since the formation of the nWo (even though they kind of botched that one with a taser). And Undertaker finally losing at Wrestlemania to Lesnar was unthinkable. We live in the internet age now where behind the scenes information is accessible at the click of a mouse button. There’s no sense of wonder or surprise anymore. We all know wrestling is scripted, and we pretty much all know what’s going to happen just by reading blogs. True surprises are hard to come by, and Taker’s loss was a shock. Cena’s loss at SummerSlam was also a shock; not so much that he lost, but more so the manner in which he lost. It seems that even in this information age, WWE creative still manages to surprise us every now and then.
Having Brock Lesnar go undefeated all the way to Wrestlemania (and possibly beyond) would be the biggest surprise of them all. It would not only show that the WWE has faith in portraying Lesnar as a monster, but it would show that they are willing to think outside of the box. It would show that maybe they try something else other than catering to their younger fanbase with Cena hoisting the gold every couple of months. Consider the fact that the longest recent WWE Championship reign was 434 days with CM Punk. Can you imagine a WWE Champion hanging onto the belt for that long today? How about as long as Bruno Sammartino did back in the day when he was champion for nearly EIGHT YEARS (1963-1971)? It’s almost ridiculous to consider.
I’m going to fantasy booker now and imagine Brock Lesnar holding onto the title for that long. Picture Lesnar with a long reign as the champion leaving behind a trail of defeated victims the likes of John Cena and the Undertaker. Imagine him moving forward from today and demolishing future potential challengers like Batista, Roman Reigns (whenever he makes his recovery), The Rock, Randy Orton, Rusev….any of those guys. Even throw new faces like Cesaro into the mix and have them come up short.
Now imagine the 2015 Royal Rumble, two short months before Wrestlemania XXXI. Daniel Bryan makes his triumphant return to win the Rumble and gets to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. It would be the ultimate underdog story; the everyman, Daniel Bryan, a man who’s too small to even think about defeating Lesnar, going up against the monster, the Beast Incarnate, the man who just had a 7 month reign of destruction where every Superstar has lost. Can you imagine the reaction when Lesnar and Bryan finally lock horns in the main event at Wrestlemania?
Even better with this fantasy scenario is the fact that regardless of whether or not Bryan wins or loses, you’ve got storyline gold on your hands. If Bryan wins, then fans will MARK OUT at David defeating Goliath. The WWE finally has a new champion on their hands, one that the WWE Universe loves to pieces. And Daniel Bryan will finally get to enjoy a full reign as the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
And if Bryan loses? Then stopping Lesnar will be the WWE’s #1 priority. Imagine a reign of longer than a year for Lesnar, then imagine the man who finally gets to defeat him. The top face of the WWE does not always have to be a babyface; sometimes a monster heel will sell tickets just as well. If Lesnar retains through Wrestlemania XXXI, fans will be DYING to find out who finally gets to defeat the Beast. It will reach a fever pitch the longer Lesnar holds onto the title.
Most importantly, having Lesnar remain undefeated from now on creates an aura that the WWE hasn’t had in a long time. It would be the best storyline in years, and it would give that final victory a lot more meaning than having the title switch hands every month or two. Can the WWE put aside the “safe path” and strive to surprise fans once again? I think they have the potential to.
You’ve just got to Bo-Lieve.
(P.S. – I’m not suggesting that Bo Dallas be the one to dethrone Brock Lesnar, though that would be pretty awesome in its own right.)