STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN: Okay, you’ve got Brock Lesnar, badass dude, big cat, very physical. Uh, great success here. Tries to play a little pro football, goes to UFC, has success there, comes back to the WWE. Success. He’s a world champ. He’s not around.
VINCE MCMAHON: Right.
STONE COLD: Where is he? Can we not have him on television more than we have him on?
VINCE MCMAHON: Well, I I don’t think you want him on television more than we have him-
STONE COLD: Why not?
VINCE MCMAHON: Well, because he’s a special attraction.
STONE COLD: He is.
VINCE MCMAHON: You know, when you see Brock Lesnar, you know, it’s almost like when-if you recall Jake The Snake Roberts, when he first came in the ring, and he brought this big python. Oh my God, that was like-give you the willies just watching it on television. But he did it week after week-no fault of Jake’s-cause he was booked on television.
After a while, it was like Jake wasn’t special anymore. Because he’d bring out the snake, and you-you know, we become jaded as human beings, and what have you. So, Brock, per the contract we made with him, only allows us X number of dates. So, to me, it’s not about the title. It’s not about the title that draws people into the arena.
It’s about the performer, and about, you know, his opponent, and about the story. You know, and how they’re gonna resolve that story. So, it’s not really about the title. You know, that’s-you know, does it help some times? Sure it does, but it’s not just about the title. And if you see a lot of Brock, you’re gonna see a lot of the same things.
How many people can he beat up? He beats up half of the babyface roster; who’s left?
SOURCE: The Stone Cold Podcast w/ Vince McMahon
***STONE COLD ASKS TRIPLE H ABOUT BROCK LESNAR’S WWE CONTRACT EXPIRING AFTER WRESTLEMANIA 31***
TRIPLE H: Yeah, so, you know, we’re, uh-we’re-we’re constantly talking to Brock. It all comes down to Brock, I think. On what Brock Lesnar wants to do. Right? And I think-I think somewhere in his mind, he may be not sure if he has unfinished business, or not.
STONE COLD: Right.
TRIPLE H: Um, I think he loves what he’s doing here right now. I think he loves the arrangement. We have a great working relationship.
STONE COLD: It works.
TRIPLE H: Yeah, one hundred percent.
STONE COLD: I’d like to see him more, but to Vince’s point, it does keep him special, because when he comes out, and raises hell-
TRIPLE H: Yeah.
STONE COLD: It’s incredible.
TRIPLE H: It’s awesome, and he is an-you know, we love having him here, but it-it just comes down to does he wanna-
STONE COLD: It’s on him.
TRIPLE H: Yeah, does he have unfinished business?
NOTE: Around this time, there was a lot of talk about whether Brock would stay with WWE, or go back to fighting in the UFC. Obviously, he chose the WWE.
SOURCE: The Stone Cold Podcast w/ Triple H
THE BEAST RETURNS
On April 2nd, 2012, Brock Lesnar made his return to the WWE. It began one of the most dominant runs in the history of the company, and maybe even the business altogether. His first match back was against John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012, and he lost.
I know what you’re thinking, “how could his run be so dominant if he lost in his first match back?”
It’s all about the way the loss was handled. John Cena was busted open by Brock within minutes of the opening bell. He had to get gritty to stand a chance with Brock Lesnar. He didn’t go full Doctor of Thuganomics, but he definitely used his PhD to great advantage. That’s why he wore his old chain and lock out to the ring. One of the first things you learn when studying the fine art of Thuganomics is to do whatever is necessary to get that W.
Moments later, John Cena hit Brock with an AA onto those steel steps, and then pinned him for a three count. It was an epic match, and a truly great start to Lesnar’s current run in the WWE. Legitimacy was the word of the day. It was made stunningly clear that Cena only won because he’s resourceful John Cena, who happened to have a metal chain and lock with him.
Otherwise, The Beast Incarnate would’ve destroyed him. In keeping with that, Cena spent his whole post-match promo selling an arm injury, thanks to Brock’s brutal Kimura Lock. It was great. All around, Lesnar’s re-debut was a success that established him a legitimate threat.
Next up, The Beast took on The Game…three times. It all began over a contract dispute, which was a perfect excuse to bring Paul Heyman back into the fold.
The first was at SummerSlam 2012. That was okay. The second was at WrestleMania 29, where Triple H’s career was on the line, so obviously The King of Kings managed a victory. The third and final bout was a Steel Cage Match took place at Extreme Rules 2013.
There was a spot during this that I love. So, we’re all aware that Triple H’s weapon of choice is a sledgehammer, right? Well, in preparation for his battle here with Brock, The Game spray painted a sledgehammer, completely covering it in the same silver sheen that the cage displays.
Then he hid his camouflaged weapon at the top of the cage, so that during the match, he could climb up and retrieve his equalizer. It’s a quick moment, but it’s such an effective one for Triple H’s character. There’s a reason they call him The Cerebral Assassin.
The hammer wasn’t enough, though, as Paul Heyman made sure to get involved, and save his client from the destructive power of Triple H and his trusty piece of hardware. Brock wound up with the weapon and used it to help secure the win. Then, in another great character building moment, Lesnar placed the silver sledge onto Triple H’s chest and walked out of the cage.
After his feud with Triple H, Brock took on CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013. It was dubbed, “The Best vs. The Beast,” and it is a phenomenal example of in-ring psychology. In order for the much smaller Punk to stand a chance, he had to chop his opponent down. That’s exactly what he did. He was smart about when and where he struck, making sure that every one of them meant something.
He would eventually lose, of course, but there were a few moments where it looked like he might pull out a win. Despite the huge size difference, Punk wasn’t dominated. That was the most important thing to take away from the match. A lot of fans cite this as an example for how they think Brock versus Dean Ambrose will go at WrestleMania 32.
We’ll find out soon enough.
After CM Punk, Brock Lesnar moved onto The Undertaker. This portion has been widely discussed. Everyone has an opinion on Brock Lesnar breaking The Streak.
For starters, there’s Batista, who was not a fan:
“It sucked! Honestly, I thought it sucked. I haven’t really talked much about it, but I think it was a bad decision, a horrible decision. I don’t have any say in the matter but to me, watching as a fan, it made me sick.
Brock Lesnar beating him didn’t seem to work, and it really wasn’t good that Brock left the day after. I just don’t see how that made sense at all. I don’t think anyone wanted to see the streak broken, and it just didn’t make sense to me.”
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Then there’s this guy, who was also not a fan:
There was even Brock Lesnar, who apparently did not want to be the one that broke The Streak. There’s no quote, but according to Jim Ross, Brock asked to lose the match. Unfortunately for him, the decision had already been made.
* The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak ending is discussed, and Michaels admits that he wasn’t a fan of the decision, and neither was JR. JR talked about Brock Lesnar not wanting to beat the streak and asking to lose the match, but the decision had been made.
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Personally, I believe Brock Lesnar was the only man to do it. For one, look at what it’s done to help him. It cemented him as The Beast Incarnate. Due to an early concussion Taker sustained, the match quickly became uncomfortable. I remember watching it. Brock was basically tossing The Dead Man around. At a point, without meaning to, I said seven words out loud.
“Brock Lesnar’s going to break the streak.”
That’s exactly what happened. That wasn’t the end of the Brock Lesnar tour of superstar destruction, either. Later that year, at SummerSlam 2014, Brock absolutely obliterated John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It’s called the most dominant championship victory in history. He hit John with 16 German Suplexes.
From what I understand, the original plan was for Brock to destroy Daniel Bryan. Oh man, if Bryan was healthy, that would’ve been epic. The floor of that building would’ve been stained with the tears of many grown men, women, and children. Hell, everybody would’ve been crying.
Lesnar carried the title through Night of Champions 2014, Royal Rumble 2015, and all the way to WrestleMania 31, where he lost it to Seth Rollins in what was one of the most exciting moments in the history of the Showcase of the Immortals. After that, Brock waited for his rematch with Seth, which he was granted at Battleground 2015. That opportunity was ruined, however, by the return of The Undertaker.
This feud went from that nut shot, to SummerSlam, and then all the way to Hell in a Cell 2015. It was hard hitting, and highly physical. Taker was a sold as an old gunfighter coming back into town for his revenge. He was doing whatever he had to, because with age, comes a slowing of reflexes.
There was no way he could keep up with The Beast in his prime. He needed an equalizer, and he chose repeated shots to the nads.
Brock won their final battle in Hell in a Cell, and they both moved on. From there, The Beast Incarnate made sporadic appearances. He took on The Big Show at the MSG show on the WWE Network, and recently wrestled at both Fastlane and Roadblock.
His next match will take place at WrestleMania 32, and he’ll face Dean Ambrose, as I wrote earlier.
You didn’t think I forgot about Heyman, did you? We all know what the man does. So, to keep this short and simple, I posted one promo above.
In my opinion, it is The Advocate at his very best.
THE BEAST AND THE LUNATIC
An epilogue will be published sometime after WrestleMania 32. It will be focused on Brock Lesnar’s match with Dean Ambrose at that same event.
For Part One, “A Beast is Born,” Click HERE
For Part Two, “Paul E. Dangerously,” Click HERE
For Part Three, “The Next Big Thing,” Click HERE
For Part Four, “A Monster in the Octagon,” Click HERE
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