Ten Ideal Brock Lesnar Opponents in WWE: Part 1 – Five Possibilities
Brock Lesnar’s return to WWE is a big deal, but who will he face?
Let’s face it: Whenever a big return happens, it’s a fantasy-booker’s dream. We all have an idea of how we could ‘do it better,’ and what happens on the screen isn’t always what we imagined in advance, for better or worse. When Brock Lesnar made his impactful re-debut in WWE, the wheels started turning in everyone’s minds.
Here are some hopeful (and completely possible) opponents for Brock Lesnar to plow through as he works through his $5 million deal.
Brock Lesnar vs The Rock
We’ll start with the painfully obvious. These two have a history, and if done carefully, Brock Lesnar vs The Rock can (and probably will) be the big-money-match for WrestleMania 29. The Miami Raw after ‘Mania told us two things: The Rock wants the WWE Championship one more time, and Brock Lesnar is back, and pissed at the world. My prediction was that Brock Lesnar would snag a title shot versus CM Punk at SummerSlam, and hold the belt straight through to WrestleMania, and drop it to the Royal Rumble winner, The Rock. It looks like they’re really behind ‘those internet guys,’ so my prediction’s a bit off, but I still think we’ll see Rock versus Brock Lesnar at Mania. More after the jump.
Sheamus is quickly becoming the Irish John Cena, starting with his 18-second win over Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, and continuing with his squeaky-clean babyface run as champion, against a red-hot heel, Daniel Bryan, who, ironically, is even more of a fan-favorite. That aside, they’re still desperate to push “The Great White” to the moon, and I can’t say I blame them. He’s talented. Not only can he pull off decent technical matches, but he fills that roughneck void that guys like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin & JBL left. Sounds like a good match for Brock Lesnar, right?
If they want to get the fans to turn back to Sheamus, why not feed him to Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar’s merciless beating of John Cena at Extreme Rules 2012 was reminiscent of Tommy Dreamer’s “Thank You Sir, May I Have Another” moment, and it won a LOT of people over. It’s a bit silly to say that people need to see a wrestler beaten up ‘for real’ in order to respect them, but in this warped day and age, it might be necessary.
While we’re on the topic, we might as well throw Daniel Bryan’s name into the hat. If he beats CM Punk at Over the Limit, he just might be the guy that drops it to Brock Lesnar, at Survivor Series or the Royal Rumble. I know the size difference is ridiculous, and it’d be about as believable as Dean Malenko vs Hulk Hogan or Goldberg. However, the fans are behind Daniel Bryan, and if they want to have a face-turn-through-brutal-sympathy, he’d be the guy. Daniel Bryan is that underdog type, who’d have the snot beat out of him puro-style and come back asking for more. Benoit’s gone, and Kurt Angle’s in wrestling-legacy-limbo, but Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar just might work, reviving the classics of Brock Lesnar’s first run. Hard-hitting, furious technical supremacy. And Daniel Bryan’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, either.
If there happens to be some sort of kayfabe communication breakdown in Team Johnny [Ace], or they give up on Lord Tensai’s gimmick, I could see this happening. It won’t be anything mind-blowing due to the WWE environment, but it would technically have potential, given their past and their experience in hard-hitting combat-sport environments. Brock Lesnar faced Lord Tensai (then billed as “Giant Bernard”) in New Japan Pro Wrestling (2006) and in WWE (2003? Then billed as “Albert”). Brock Lesnar and Albert were also teammates at Survivor Series 2003. No one will care or remember that except ‘us nerds,’ so I doubt they’d build a feud referencing that, but they could just as easily play off of their Japan backgrounds and have a freight-train collision of a ‘hoss fight.’ This would only happen if they pull the plug on the Lord Tensai gimmick and run with a babyface turn to feud with a monster-heel Brock Lesnar.
I know, this is hardly fair. These two will cross paths, I’m sure. Dolph Ziggler’s a heel, but he’s a ‘cool heel,’ and Brock Lesnar is a monstrous ‘super heel.’ If they have a match, Dolph Ziggler will get destroyed, but I guarantee that Dolph Ziggler’s selling is what you will remember from that match. He makes every single one of his opponents look like a million bucks (even Brodus Clay) and is not only a guaranteed future world champion, but I’d even go as far as saying he’s a future Hall of Famer. He’s not the next Shawn Michaels–screw that. He’s the current Dolph Ziggler. And while everyone will whine about him ‘getting buried,’ you can’t deny that seeing him take an F-5 from Brock Lesnar would be extremely entertaining and memorable.
This one will probably happen, if they decide to turn The Miz face. I’ll not explain my idea for this because it’d be lifted/inspired from T Holzerman’s blog, so check it out for yourself. I think it’d be perfect for both.
There we have it, my top five ‘possible’ opponents for Brock Lesnar. Stay tuned for five complete long shots that COULD happen, but let’s face it; they won’t!