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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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