Ten Ideal Brock Lesnar Opponents: Part 2 – Five Long-shots
Brock Lesnar’s return to WWE is a big deal, but who will he face?
Last week I talked about Five Possibilities in Part 1 of my list of ‘Ten Ideal Brock Lesnar Opponents.’ This week, I’ve got the second half, with five long-shots. Possible? Of course. Nothing in WWE is ever out of the realm of possibility, though I don’t see these being likely. A few might have true potential to be not only watchable but downright entertaining.
First off, let me say that I’m tempted to put the The Rock on this list. Sure, he’s the eventual blockbuster name to face Brock Lesnar, but do we really picture The Rock getting physical with Lesnar? I mean…. Extreme Rules physical? For that reason, I’m hesitant to even put this first choice on this list:
Let’s face it: when it comes down to it, Randy Orton isn’t a brawler. He gives off that pretty-boy vibe and doesn’t strike me as someone who’d get his hands dirty. Then again, it’s been a while, and I’m referring to the 2012 Orton. 2004 Orton was a different story, as he took Mick Foley to the limit. However, didn’t Foley take the majority of the punishment in their feud? Oops, I’m mistaken. Check this one out:
That’s from WWE Backlash 2004. I’m not saying wrestling needs blood and thumbtacks…in fact I’m pretty much against it. While you’re at it, check out T Holzerman’s recent article that pretty much offers the same sentiments; I’m glad I’m not the only one to realize this. However, it’s easy to see that in order to work with the 2012 Brock Lesnar ‘character,’ there’s a minimum level of physicality expected that we haven’t seen in years. Randy Orton desperately needs a reboot and this could be a great opportunity. More after the jump.
Brock Lesnar vs Kane
When’s the last time anyone truly cared about Kane? Well, in 2010-2011 he won Smackdown’s Money in the Bank ladder match and cashed in to become a World Champion. That was exciting for about five minutes because he deserved it. Once he had the title, though, you realized–and maybe it’s just me–that there’s a reason he wasn’t usually around the title scene. 2012 rolled around, and Kane was back with his mask. That was exciting, too, but got stale extremely fast. Ironically, he’s been placed in fairly high-profile feuds to help elevate (I guess?) Zack Ryder and prepare John Cena for WWE WrestleMania 28. He’s recently feuded with Randy Orton, and it’s been a whole-lotta-boring. If you like it, great, but I haven’t been able to get into it. I’m looking for a reason to love Kane and a brawl with Brock Lesnar could be the answer.
Kane’s a comic-book-wrestling persona, and Brock Lesnar is a ‘legitimate’ force to be reckoned with. Lately WWE’s been trying to make its fans become impressed with its more “overrated” names by thrusting them into a completely different scenario. We saw it work with Cena, and we even saw it with Sheamus at the end of the 2012 Royal Rumble, and the arguably-four-star two-out-of-three-falls match with Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules. I mean, we saw the Big Show do a top rope dropkick. They’re all trying to give us something completely different, whether you realize it or not. Kane versus Lesnar would potentially show people a brand new side of Kane. Note: I have all the respect in the world for Kane. It’s got to be tough being such a ‘company man’ while knowing you’re stuck in the #2 spot behind your storyline ‘brother.’ Kane deserves plenty of respect in his own right; I just don’t care for that type of character/wrestling personality/gimmick.
Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker
Speaking of Kane, there’s The Undertaker, which is the obvious ‘other’ blockbuster option. Who is more brutal and ‘legitimate’ (despite the hokey persona) than the Undertaker? I won’t touch on this one that much because it’s an obvious choice and probably should be on the ‘possible’ list, but given Undertaker’s physical condition, I can’t see him facing Brock Lesnar, and I also do NOT see them having Brock Lesnar end the streak, either. Brock Lesnar doesn’t have a problem with losing, and has made it clear, so a lot of that semi-legitimate-intrigue is gone from the equation. Although, there were rumors of legitimate heat between the two, so who knows. Then again, that may be dirtsheet nonsense, too. Who knows?
Brock Lesnar vs Mr McMahon
One who WOULD know is Mr McMahon himself. If I recall correctly, this match has never happened*, and would be quite a spectacle in a gruesome train wreck sort of way. However, this only would have made sense in 2002-2003, and ten years later, McMahon isn’t in any state to endure that type of punishment. Even if he is, it wouldn’t make sense from a storyline perspective, as he’s been absent for months. If he comes back on a ‘save my company’ crusade, it’s possible, but not likely. Ten years ago, it would have been great.
*I’m not too well-educated on 2003-2005 WWE, period. I had no idea that McMahon vs Brock Lesnar DID happen.
Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk
I just don’t see it happening. I nearly put Daniel Bryan on this list despite also being on the ‘possibilities’ list, but I think this is just as unlikely. I’m not complaining, either. CM Punk has been treated pretty well in recent months despite all of the whining on Twitter and the rest of the internet.
Has he lost a lot? Sure. You know it’s ‘fake,’ right? The losses don’t matter. Especially when it’s a loss after 3 people interfering, or it’s non-title. CM Punk has been getting clean pinfall victories when it counts: on pay-per-view, and every time he does it, it not only elevates himself, but his opponent, too. This is why CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Chris Jericho are the best in the game right now.
Brock Lesnar brings an interesting dynamic with the MMA influence, and CM Punk’s a striker, but I still don’t see it happening. Maybe it’s the mark in me that doesn’t want to see CM Punk lose, hypocritically, but it’s just not a match that makes sense to me. Time will tell, too, if CM Punk still has the belt when Survivor Series 2012 or the 2013 Royal Rumble rolls around. I see Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion at SummerSlam 2012, retaining in a rematch, and losing to Lesnar at Survivor Series.