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Who Should be Brock Lesnar's Next Opponent?

Posted by Cayden Parkhurst Thursday, May 12, 2016
Lesnar and the belts
August 21st, 2016—that's the day SummerSlam takes over the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the second straight year. Granted, that's a few months away but its always fun to talk about right? SummerSlam is the second biggest pay-per-view of the year behind WrestleMania. While The Grandest Stage of Them All is known as Undertakers yard, and the same could be said about Brock Lesnar and SummerSlam. Over the course of Lesnar's sure to be Hall of Fame career, some of his biggest matches have happened at the biggest party of the summer.

Over the course of his career he has faced the likes of The Rock and became the youngest WWE Champion in history in 2002, he had an incredible battle with Kurt Angle in 2003, he had a no DQ match with HHH upon his return in 2012, fought CM Punk in 2013, absolutely demolished John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2014, and clashed with the Deadman in 2015 all at SummerSlam. Clearly, The Beast thrives come summer time.

However, that means his legendary SummerSlam streak must continue this year, and assuming WWE uses one of Brocks appearances(Why wouldn't they?) at this years SummerSlam that means someone is getting fed to The Beast. But who will be sacrificed to arguably the most destructive man WWE has ever seen? I'm going to breakdown the top 5 guys from worst(5) to best(1) that could potentially face Brock and his Hall Of Fame manager in Paul Heyman.

5. Bray Wyatt

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This is something that has seemingly been teased several times. Bray is certainly at a level now that he can go head to head with Lesnar and it be something of importance. We saw the two clash before the Royal Rumble, and then The Wyatt Family caused the elimination of Lesnar in the Rumble itself. At WWE Roadblock there was a scheduled match between Wyatt and Lesnar, but due to injury it ended up being Lesnar vs. Luke Harper.. Who was injured in that match, but we've never seen the two go toe to toe in an official match. Bray still has yet to step in the ring for a legitimate match since his injury, but has done plenty of promos and is set to come back in the next 30 days according to a report. This match brings several interesting factors. We've never seen the two face off one on one so that will give us something fresh which WWE was lacking until this "New Era" began. Both are very athletic especially for their size, Lesnar more so than Bray. But lets not forget about a microphone rivalry between Bray and Paul Heyman. Paul is considered the greatest talker of all time, and Bray is easily the most charismatic on the roster today. These three could easily draw, build, and work a great match at the biggest party of the summer.

4. Cesaro

Cesaro when he was US ChampCesaro and Lesnar are two of the strongest men in the business today, and capable of what could be an incredible match. Cesaro's WWE career has lacked that one defining match that sent him over the top. He's had great feuds with the likes of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and is in a great four way battle for the Intercontinental Championship, but he is more than deserving of a shot at The Beast. The Swiss Superman is clearly over with the WWE Universe, and his past relationship with Heyman could really add an interesting ingredient to this. The King of Swing is constantly showing off his strength with crazy uppercuts and suspended suplexes off the ropes, and to see the two men trade ridiculous showings of strength would be more than worthy of being on the SummerSlam card. Add the fact that we have never once seen the two in the same ring, and the wonder and possibilities become even more endless for these two.

3. Kevin Owens

KO and the IC Title
This would be another fresh match-up. Kevin Owens could easily be considered as the best all around heel and best all around worker in the business alongside Seth Rollins. His in ring abilities are top notch and his heelish antics on the mic, commentary, and towards the crowd are just perfect. We cannot forget his awesome "rivalry", for lack of a better term, with Michael Cole and Byron Saxton. People love this guy, and people love to hate this guy. Both KO and Lesnar have built themselves as prize fighters, and this could be set up to determine who fights for the ultimate prize. KO is definitely worthy of a WWE World Heavyweight Championship shot given his body of work since he stepped foot in NXT. Great bouts with Sami Zayn, an amazing set of matches with John Cena, Finn Balor, Cesaro, and Dean Ambrose are all great examples. A former NXT Champion and now in search of his second Intercontinental Championship reign, Owens has proven he can be big time and deserves matches to prove that. Just like Wyatt, both Lesnar and Owens are fantastic athletes so to see two guys that are so beloved by the WWE Universe clash head on at SummerSlam would be a treat for everyone. Not to mention KO's twitter feed would be even better than it usually is.

2. The Rock

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Who wouldn't want to see this again?
Granted, this one seems like the longest shot of the whole group. But flashback to 2002 as a young and hungry Brock Lesnar goes one on one with the Great One for his first ever taste of the WWE Title. Lesnar goes on to become The Beast Incarnate and Rocky goes on to be a movie star who revisits his past every now and then in WWE. The Rock hasn't wrestled since his last match with John Cena so this would feel fresh even though they fought in 2002, and no.. We aren't counting that six second waste against Erick Rowan at WrestleMania. This would easily be the biggest match since Undertaker and Lesnar last squared off. Fourteen years later, an entire career later for Brock Lesnar and an old nemesis storms back to make history. You cannot argue that The Rock is probably the biggest name in WWE thanks to all the success he has had away from the business. The Rock vs. Brock 2 was rumored for WrestleMania 32, but to see it at the same PPV that they last fought at 14 years ago would be something very special for everyone. Not to forget about a potential Rock, who is one hell of a talker, vs. Paul Heyman mic duel would be incredibly entertaining.

1. Randy Orton

Randy Orton with championship beltsThis is my clear cut favorite as to who should face Lesnar next. Every time I think of this being a possibility I always end up asking myself, "How has this not happened yet?". These are two of the biggest names in WWE history, living different careers side by side, and have not once crossed paths with one another. I'll admit I'm rather biased here as Orton is tied for my favorite wrestler of all time next to Shawn Michaels, but who wouldn't want to see The Viper vs. The Beast? Orton being one of the smoothest workers the business has ever seen, and Lesnar being an all out mercenary would make for an amazing clash of styles. You don't need a face or a heel even though both men are more than capable of either side, but all you need is two of the greats fighting at a marquee pay-per-view. And how beautiful would it be to see Randy Orton turn the F5 into an RKO?
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAYDEN PARKHURST

Cayden Parkhurst is a journalism student at Indiana University Kokomo. Outside of his love for professional wrestling, he is a big fan of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds.

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