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Brock Lesnar: Who Should Beat The Beast?

Posted by Callum Wiggins Friday, May 20, 2016
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While it might have escaped most people's attention due to how interesting RAW has been in recent weeks, there is the sizeable matter of a Beast prowling on the sidelines. Brock Lesnar, as is his way, has not been seen on WWE TV since demolishing Dean Ambrose in a lackluster WrestleMania match. Outside of a few house show appearances, Lesnar has been sitting comfortably at home, awaiting a challenger for SummerSlam.

This status could gradually become a problem that WWE need to solve. Lesnar is one of the few people to be booked consistently and correctly on the roster, and is treated like the legitimate conqueror that he clearly is. He's a cold-blooded killer with no allegiances and no remorse. However, this reputation inevitably creates a ceiling for each and every other superstar.

Much like The Undertaker's legendary Streak (which coincidentally was the launching pad for this current reign of dominance), Lesnar's unbeaten run needs to be handled carefully. Personally, I think WWE screwed up royally with ending the Streak in the manner they did. Yes, it made Lesnar look like a Beast, but so does sunlight. They had the opportunity to build up and rocket launch a younger wrestler to main event status in an instance. Now they have a second chance, and can't screw it up again.

Brock Lesnar has not been pinned since WrestleMania 29 (because the only thing scarier than Lesnar is Triple H's shovel). That is over 1100 days since he last tasted a pinfall defeat. Now, the question is who is going to keep the Beast Incarnate down for that fabled three count? It is an important decision, and one that should not be taken lightly.

Firstly, it is crucial that they do not wait until the last minute to break this dominant run. When Lesnar's contract is close to expiring, people will find out about it, and that will destroy any jeopardy going into that match. The excitement surrounding this streak is the unpredictability of who will best the Beast. So, Lesnar needs to lose his unbeaten record long before he hangs up his gloves.

Also, he cannot go down easily. Of course, Brock Lesnar is never likely to be someone that will be jobbing out in a few minutes, but his defeat should come after one hell of a scrap. No Money in the Bank cash-in, because that's far from a satisfying conclusion. It wouldn't have the gravitas that a clean, convincing victory would bestow upon Lesnar's opponent.

With those ground rules out of the way, who should be the one to tame the almighty Beast Incarnate? In this age of 50/50 booking derailing WWE's attempts to create any genuine stars, this question becomes a challenging one. However, I have three preferred options ranging from the likely to the intriguingly fanciful.

Let's start with the obvious choice - Roman Reigns. Yes, it is very likely he will be The Guy to beat Lesnar in another attempt to get him over with the crowd. Reigns' greatest match came against the Beast in the WrestleMania 31 main event, which shows they have tremendous chemistry. But, the most important story that match told was that Reigns could not keep Lesnar down by playing fair.

If Reigns is to be the one to overcome Lesnar, he has to do it as a heel in order to prevent the luster of toppling the unbeatable monster from being diluted. If he wins it as a 'babyface', the crowd will roll their eyes and the importance of this victory will be overshadowed by their distaste for the current WWE Champion.

Reigns needs to play the heel in this potential bout, and bend the rules to win. This way, the match has meaning behind it, and would firmly establish him as the most dominant heel on the roster.

The second choice in my opinion is someone who might not be able to match Brock Lesnar for strength, but could get inside his head like nobody else has before. That is Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds has always had the potential to burst into the main event and be one of the star names on the roster. Despite not being crisp between the ropes, in terms of character and presence he leaves most in the dust.

Have Wyatt do what he should be doing - getting in the mind of Lesnar and Paul Heyman, playing on any insecurities or doubts. Then, in the match itself, tell the story of Wyatt refusing to buckle under the pain, and using every "supernatural" trick in his arsenal to throw Lesnar off his game. A shock pinfall would give Wyatt the marquee victory he has needed to establish himself as a top star and would undoubtedly help him escape the looming shadow of The Undertaker.

My final choice arguably comes so far out of left field it's stuck in the parking lot, but here me out. While Reigns and Wyatt could both benefit from this victory, it would be the perfect opportunity to boost a fledgling star into the spotlight immediately. There are options here, with Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews and Shinsuke Nakamura springing to mind. But, I think the best choice is none other than Baron Corbin.

Every time I see Corbin, I see money and championships. The reason why this is because he's a natural heel that doesn't fit the mold of the indy darlings fans are clamouring for today. While it is all well and good to have your Finn Balor and Sami Zayn to produce clinics in the ring, Corbin would present the perfect antithesis to this and could therefore be a multi-time WWE Champion.

He's still green yes, but that is being perfectly portrayed in his character. His loss to Dolph Ziggler at Payback was a sign of his inexperience and cockiness. Over the next year or two, you can evolve the Lone Wolf from a naive but hungry powerhouse into a focused, driven destroyer, and to cement this transformation, why not give him the biggest scalp imaginable in the form of Brock Lesnar? To me, it makes perfect sense.


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Callum Wiggins hails from Essex in the United Kingdom. He recently graduated from the University of York with a degree in History and has been a fan of professional wrestling since 2002. Outside of wrestling, he is also a fan of Arsenal FC and enjoys video games, darts, and Formula One. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


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