Almost exactly 12 years after winning the WWE title for the first time, Brock Lesnar again ended Summerslam standing tall and holding the championship.
Going into the night, it seemed there would be many comparisons to be made between Sunday’s match and that 2002 match. In 2002, a case could be made that more people were rooting for Brock Lesnar than The Rock.
Sunday night, almost certainly more people in the arena were rooting for Lesnar than John Cena. However, that’s where the comparisons end.
The match we saw Sunday night pretty much has no comparisons in the annals of wrestling. It was, quite simply put, a 12-minute beatdown of John Cena. Cena basically only got two offensive moves in the entire match, and Lesnar was brutal in his beatdown.
He delivered an F5 about 30 seconds into the match, and between that F5 and the second one that finished the match, he rained down hammer blows, punches to the gut and face, and of course, delivered 16 German suplexes.
We’ve seen beatdowns in wrestling before, even in main events. We’ve almost never seen a beatdown where one guy basically has no chance from start to finish. It was a stunning sight.
What it did, quite simply, was make Lesnar look like the most dominant force in the history of wrestling. Since he joined the company in 2002, labels like that had been thrown around him, but until now, he never truly showed that.
Even before the match officially started, just when he came out, he looked the part, as he may have been in the best shape of his wrestling career. The only question now is where the WWE goes from here with him.
If they capitalize on this properly, every match with Lesnar becomes must-see, which is something that we haven’t been able to say in wrestling for a while. And, whoever ends up beating him will get an unbelievable rub.
While the match result was never in doubt to most people, the WWE made sure to give us something to remember as the reign of Brock Lesnar begins again.
The rest of Summerslam:
- Roman Reigns beat Randy Orton in the longest match of the night.
Somewhat surprisingly, the crowd was completely dead for this match, which really made an adequate match seem less than it was.
There were a few really nice spots, but there was a bit of an overuse of rest holds. While some crowds might have used that to get behind Reigns, this crowd seemed to fall asleep until the very end of the match.
While the WWE seems intent on pushing Reigns, they need to be careful Reigns doesn’t get exposed, as it seems like he is starting to be. Otherwise, they could end up with a very different reaction to him than they want.
- Stephanie McMahon beat Brie Bella in a surprisingly decent match.
It wasn’t a great match by any stretch, but Stephanie was able to play a dominant, almost monster, heel and did it superbly. Quite frankly, it might have been the best Stephanie has ever looked in the ring.
In the end, Nikki ended up turning on her sister and helping Stephanie win. As mentioned in the preview column when this possibility was brought up, this has interesting ramifications for the WWE, both on the main show and on shows like Total Divas, so I’m curious to see exactly how they handle the Bella vs. Bella feud.
- It wasn't the prettiest match between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho, but it got the job done, and was exactly what was needed for Wyatt, who won cleanly and convincingly.
Bray dominated a good portion of the match, and brutalized Jericho at the end with a Sister Abigail into the barricade, and then hit another in the ring for the win. He needed a high-profile win like that, and to win cleanly will help him.