Brock Lesnar is unquestionably one of the most dominant, successful and gifted athletes and WWE superstars of all time.
Love him or hate him, Lesnar has always brought entertainment to the sporting world - be it in the squared circle or in the UFC octagon. And when all is said and done, it's safe to say that Lesnar will wind up in the WWE Hall of Fame some day.
But despite his many accomplishments - four WWE Championships, two Universal titles and a recent Money in the Bank ladder match victory - is it possible that we simply haven't appreciated or applauded Lesnar for all he's done up to this point?
Paul Heyman, Lesnar's manager and advocate, thinks so. He explained why in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports.
"I think Brock Lesnar is the most underrated, underappreciated talent in the history of WWE. I think Brock Lesnar deserves credit for being the best in-ring performer in this or any other generation. No one moves like him, no one has matches like him. There’s nothing standard about a Brock Lesnar match. It’s a completely different style than anyone else is employing."
Lesnar has absolutely dazzled in the ring time and time again, and he's had many memorable moments against some of the greatest wrestling legends ever. He became the first person to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania, but that was only one of the many signature victories in Lesnar's career.
But as great as Lesnar is, fans have simply gotten tired of WWE pushing him into main event status despite only being a part-time performer. Lesnar held the Universal Championship for 503 days, a WWE record. When Roman Reigns had to relinquish the title in October following a Leukemia diagnosis, Lesnar won it again and held onto the championship for 156 days.
Lesnar then made a surprise appearance out of nowhere to win the men's Money in the Bank ladder match last week, much to the frustration of countless fans. Once again, WWE is giving all the rewards to a part-time performer, leading to plenty of backlash and frustration from fans. Perhaps the poor reception Lesnar receives these days is simply why Heyman feels like he's not appreciated enough.
What This Means
It's certainly an interesting take from Heyman, but most fans and pundits won't deny how successful Lesnar has been in WWE. You can make a case that he is "underrated" but it's quite a stretch to call him the most "underappreciated" wrestler in history. Nonetheless, Heyman's opinion will garner some interesting reactions from the WWE Universe.