Brock Lesnar doesn’t seem to be human. At least that seems to be the case during his current run with the WWE. We all knew he was someone who was a dominating powerhouse in his initial run from 2002 to 2004. Lesnar was seemingly unstoppable with an undefeated streak that led to being one of the youngest WWE Champion in company history.
Fans have memories of Lesnar showing tremendous feats of strength, which included delivering the F-5 to the 500-pound Big Show. It was a shame to see the first run end so quickly. But Lesnar is such a great athlete that he was able to make the successful transition into the world of mixed martial arts. He would win the UFC Heavyweight Championship before he had to retire for health reasons.
Because of how he had to leave the UFC, many were wondering if Lesnar’s return to the WWE would yield success for him. It took some time, but he has since put together a string of impressive victories. Lesnar has shown little weakness in a WWE ring. It makes sense considering his MMA background has made him tougher and stronger. He’s improving his physical shape despite getting older.
But with Lesnar only wrestling so many matches in a year, it’s important for the WWE officials to schedule him matches with credible opponents. The following list names eight current WWE wrestlers who could credibly take on the Beast Incarnate and eight who couldn’t and shouldn’t face Lesnar in the WWE.
16 Could: Braun Strowman
One of the best things the WWE has done with Braun Strowman is separate him from the Wyatt Family. This has allowed the company to make him a monster that walks alone. Strowman is still young in his professional wrestling career. But the former strongman certainly has the growing intangibles to become an extremely dominant powerhouse in the next few years. It’s just a matter of timing.
Strowman is just finishing up a winning streak over several jobbers – including the great James Ellsworth – and will now start facing regular WWE superstars. If things run smoothly, Strowman could be built up strong enough to have a singles match with Lesnar at a big pay-per-view down the road. Strowman is calling for more competition and he would certainly be a good example of that against Lesnar.
15 Can't: TJ Perkins
The WWE Universe has enjoyed the revival of the Cruiserweight Division and there are obviously a number of superstars who are deserving of the spotlight on Raw. TJ Perkins has become a great story for someone who was once homeless and having worked throughout the world before coming to the WWE. He’s becoming a fan favorite with his dab and the Mega Man inspired entrance theme.
Unfortunately, someone like Perkins would probably do poorly in a match against Brock Lesnar. Maybe it would be a good five-minute bout to help get Lesnar warmed up before a pay-per-view. Perkins will have a much more successful career in the WWE if he doesn’t do what Rey Mysterio did and attempt to challenge some of the top heavyweights.
14 Could: Cesaro
While the WWE hasn’t quite made Cesaro the main event level talent that we all think he could be, Cesaro would easily be able to earn Match of the Night honors with Brock Lesnar. The Swiss Superman has developed a reputation as one of the best technical wrestlers. He’s had some amazing matches with just about anyone. Some of the feuds with Kevin Owens, Sheamus and Rusev come to mind within minutes.
Cesaro is also arguably one of the strongest men, pound for pound. His strength might be able to rival the Beast Incarnate. The exhibition these two would provide fans could become an instant classic. Even if Lesnar takes the loss in the match, the exposure this kind of bout would bring could pay dividends moving forward.
13 Can't: Big Cass
There’s a lot to like about Colin Cassady. First, he stands at seven feet tall and, as we’ve heard Enzo Amore tell us, you can’t teach that. He’s also been able to showcase his abilities as a singles wrestler when Amore was out of action due to a concussion earlier this year. It’s almost a certain fact that Big Cass is going to become a potential champion in the next five years. But he’s helping provide depth with the tag team division at the moment.
Because he’s still young in the WWE Universe, Big Cass isn’t ready to be able to face someone like Brock Lesnar. Big Cass could have some credible offense early in the match. But Lesnar has so much experience in the ring that is worth so much more than the raw talent that Big Cass possesses.
12 Could: Samoa Joe
A match between Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar would be a dream match for many wrestling fans, especially for those who have followed Samoa Joe through his days at Ring of Honor at TNA Wrestling. While looking on the plus-size, Samoa Joe is certainly someone who exceeds visual expectations. He’s able to use strength to his advantage along with a variety of submissions that come from MMA-based training.
Lesnar could have his hands full with someone like Samoa Joe, who is also very agile and quick with his kicks, slaps and punches. This would be the kind of match that could help boost Joe from NXT Champion to the WWE main event picture. There might be a number of superstars who should get a match first, but Joe is a very likely candidate to face Lesnar.
11 Can't: Dolph Ziggler
There’s no denying that Dolph Ziggler would be able to have a five-star match working with Brock Lesnar. Then again, Ziggler could look good wrestling with a wet paper bag. There’s a very good chance that could always be a pre-show warm-up match. Ziggler has the in-ring talents to be able to face anyone on the WWE roster.
He should be a main event mainstay for either the WWE World Championship or the WWE Universal Championship. However, the problem with Ziggler is that he just hasn’t been booked properly. While he’s had world championships, he’s never been able to stay at that level on a consistent basis. That leaves many to question if he would actually have a legitimate chance to win in a match with Lesnar.
10 Could: Shinsuke Nakamura
Similar to the case of Samoa Joe, fans would pay good money for a chance to see Brock Lesnar take on Shinsuke Nakamura. The current NXT Champion was arguably the biggest star in Japan for several years. He even faced Brock Lesnar inside the sold out Tokyo Dome back in 2006. The match lasted less than 10 minutes and showed Lesnar taking the win over the much younger Nakamura.
But Nakamura has evolved since then into the King of Strong Style. Nakamura is a much different wrestler than when he last faced Lesnar a decade ago. It would likely be able to go 20 to 30 minutes at a future WrestleMania. Just like a potential match against Samoa Joe, Lesnar facing Nakamura would need the right timing.
9 Can't: Bray Wyatt
The thing about Bray Wyatt is that he’s easily one of the most charismatic wrestlers on today’s WWE roster. But much like the boy who cried wolf one too many times, fans are having a hard time seeing the worth of the words of future global dominance that Wyatt speaks. Maybe if he didn’t lose high-profile matches against the like of John Cena and The Undertaker, Wyatt could be a more credible challenger to face the Beast Incarnate.
Wyatt would have been a unique opponent for Lesnar. His mannerisms and moves in the ring would have provided some interesting spots between him and Lesnar. But it’s hard to picture Wyatt having a credible chance against Lesnar. It is a shame, but the character hasn’t been developed properly to have that kind of match given to him.
8 Could: Seth Rollins
This would be a rematch scenario from when Seth Rollins was the main event player for the WWE in 2015. It all started when Rollins cashed in the Money in the Bank opportunity during the middle of the main event of WrestleMania 31. Rollins would hold the championship for most of 2015 as the new top villain that felt similar to Edge as the Ultimate Opportunist. During his reign, Rollins did retain against Lesnar once.
Well, Rollins retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship only after the Undertaker interfered. But since that match at Battleground 2015, Rollins has become a stronger main event superstar. The Rollins of 2015 wasn’t ready for a match with Lesnar. But the rebuilt Rollins could provide a better matchup that doesn’t need outside interference.
7 Can't: Sami Zayn
While the WWE has brought in a lot of the darlings of the independent wrestling scene, Sami Zayn is the least likely to become a main event superstar. That isn’t to say Zayn doesn't bring anything to the table. He’s shown a lot of passion since coming to the WWE. He’s also gone to war with Kevin Owens, a former best friend and tag team partner. But that same fire might not be enough for Zayn to do well in a match with Lesnar.
The WWE is keeping Zayn as an underdog who will give his entire heart to a match. But it’s hard to picture him being able to put up a respectable fight against someone like Lesnar. Not only is Zayn a lighter wrestler, he doesn’t quite have the WWE experience in main event matches to be a credible threat to end Lesnar’s current winning streak.
6 Could: AJ Styles
While AJ Styles is certainly a smaller wrestler, he has a history of beating some of the biggest names in professional wrestling. Fans who tracked his career know what he can do against several different types of opponents, ranging from cruiserweights like TJ Perkins, strikers like Shinsuke Nakamura and powerhouses like Samoa Joe. It wouldn’t be out of the question for Styles to face Brock Lesnar, possibly for the WWE World Championship.
Styles has a big name in professional wrestling. You can credit a lot of it to TNA, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Styles has the veteran experience and the combination of strikes and agility to possibly get an upset victory. A match with Lesnar would be a true clash of styles (no pun intended, really).
5 Can't: Dean Ambrose
There was a time when fans believed that Dean Ambrose had the kind of mental instability to make him tough enough to withstand Brock Lesnar. For several weeks leading up to their match at WrestleMania 32, Ambrose was constantly beaten up by Lesnar. But the WWE was showing Ambrose receiving the support from hardcore legends to go into the No Holds Barred Street Fight.
And then the match happened where Ambrose took Lesnar to the limit. But outside of a hardcore match, Ambrose wouldn’t be any closer to winning than he was at WrestleMania 32. The only reason Ambrose was a credible threat that evening was the use of different weapons against the Beast Incarnate. Remove those and it goes back to Lesnar dominating over the Lunatic Fringe.
4 Could: Finn Bálor
There is already a large consensus for Finn Bálor to face Brock Lesnar. It is worth noting that Bálor is a smaller WWE superstar at five feet and 11 inches and weighing 190 pounds. While there are a number of smaller wrestlers who wouldn’t be able to be viewed as a credible threat to Lesnar, Bálor is not like smaller wrestlers. He isn’t even like most WWE superstars in general.
Bálor has demonstrated an offense that makes him worthy of being a main event superstar. The way he was able to defeat Roman Reigns en route to the WWE Universal Championship before SummerSlam this year shows that Bálor can hang with the bigger and stronger wrestlers. One would assume that if Reigns was a viable opponent, why not Bálor?
3 Can't: John Cena
When John Cena was competing in his prime, this might have been a more formidable matchup. It’s also something that we’ve seen a number of times. Their first encounter at Extreme Rules in 2012 was a one-sided affair in Lesnar’s favor before Cena was able nail Lesnar with steel chains before getting the win. Their rematch a few years later at SummerSlam 2014 was different as Lesnar gave Cena about 16 suplexes before winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Cena hasn’t been the golden standard of the WWE since then. He’s now a 15-time world champion, but he’s starting to show his age. Cena is on television less now and probably needs to consider retirement in the next few years. Fans have already seen Cena and Lesnar wrestle in the past. Lesnar should be given new, fresh opponents from the new generation of superstars.
2 Could: Kevin Owens
One of the members of the new generation of WWE who has been talked about as a potential opponent for Brock Lesnar is Kevin Owens. While Owens doesn’t look like the type of superstar who would fare well in this kind of match, looks can be deceiving. Owens is deceptively fast, agile and technically sound – all of which could cause troubles for Lesnar.
This also seems like the perfect match for Owens to continue to build himself up as the WWE Universal Champion. Owens views himself as the Prizefighter in the WWE and he certainly holds a prestigious enough prize in Raw’s top championship. What’s to stop Lesnar from wanting a title match? Owens is also confident enough to possibly pursue Lesnar to erase any and all doubts of his legitimacy in WWE.
1 Can't: Goldberg
The card for this year’s Survivor Series is going to include Brock Lesnar versus Goldberg. There has obviously been a lot of hype online about two dominating monsters of professional wrestling facing each other again. The keyword is again, because these two have already faced each other in a less memorable moment at WrestleMania XX. It was a match that many wrestling fans would like to forget.
While it is likely their rematch would be a million times better, the fact remains that Goldberg is someone who hasn’t been in the WWE for 12 years. There’s going to be a lot of ring rust. Regardless of how impressive he is physically, he’s also nearing the age of 50. There could be an argument that some wrestlers can perform at that age, there’s a chance that Goldberg might be past his prime and fall in line with recent matches from Sting and The Undertaker.