Once in a generation an athlete will come along in sports that is clearly miles ahead of everyone else in every aspect of their respective game. Athletes like LeBron James, Wayne Gretzky, Babe Ruth, Ronda Rousey, etc. have all been larger than their respective sports at times. Wrestling is no different and that is where Brock Lesnar comes in.
Brock was a star right out of college as he went 106-5 in four years of amateur wrestling at Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota. Upon graduating, he went to OVW (WWE's former developmental system) and made his WWE debut in 2002. From there he won the WWE Championship 3 times in his first WWE stint, including becoming the youngest WWE Champion in history (at the time) just four months into his career.
After The Beast Incarnate failed at getting into the NFL (which may have played out differently had he not been seriously injured in a bad motorcycle accident), he went to NJPW from 2005-2007 and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He went to the K-1 Hero's MMA promotion in 2007 to try his hand at MMA and won his first fight in 1:09.
Lesnar signed with UFC in 2007 and won his debut on February 9, 2008. He defeated Randy Couture to become the Heavyweight Champion on November 15, 2008, just 9 months after his debut. After a successful defense against Frank Mir, Brock came down with mononucleosis at the same time that a chronic case of diverticulitis became severe. He made a comeback after a year and successfully defended against Shane Carwin. He lost his title a few months later to Cain Velasquez. Brock fought one last time in a losing effort against Alistair Overeem in December of 2011.
Ever since returning to the WWE, Lesnar has been thriving by working a limited schedule and being far and away the company's best box office draw. He has time and again put on epic bouts over the past few years, and he has not been pinned since Triple H beat him at Wrestlemania 29 in 2013. Brock's success in the both the wrestling and MMA fields over the course of his career is absolutely unprecedented.
Here are the top 15 matches of Brock Lesnar's WWE Career:
15 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker - Wrestlemania 30
14 Brock Lesnar & Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle & Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin - No Way Out 2003
13 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker - Summerslam 2015
12 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Chris Benoit - WWE Championship - Smackdown 12/4/03
11 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. The Undertaker - WWE Championship - Hell in a Cell - No Mercy 2002
10 Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock (c) - WWE Championship - Summerslam 2002
9 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Kurt Angle - WWE Championship - Summerslam 2003
8 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena - Extreme Rules - Extreme Rules 2012
7 Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell - Hell in a Cell 2015
6 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (c) - WWE Championship - Wrestlemania 19
5 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (c) - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Summerslam 2014
4 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns (vs. Seth Rollins) - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Wrestlemania 31
3 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle (c) - WWE Championship - 60 Minute Ironman Match - Smackdown 9/18/03
2 Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk - No Disqualification - Summerslam 2013
1 Brock Lesnar (c) vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins - WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Royal Rumble 2015
After ending Undertaker's streak and destroying John Cena to claim the WWE Title at Summerslam 2014, Cena and Lesnar were set to do battle once more at the 2015 Royal Rumble due to Cena beating Orton for the #1 contendership in HIAC. Enter Seth Rollins. Triple H rewarded Seth Rollins for his loyalty to The Authority by making the match a triple threat. What followed was an instant classic and quite possibly the best 3-man match to ever take place. Lesnar was able to further establish why he is the best in the business and Rollins put on a performance that many point to as his breakout match. Even though Rollins cracked two of Brock's ribs with a wicked elbow drop on the announce table, Lesnar was able to pick up the victory. This match is an absolute must-watch and to date is the best match of Brock's career.
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