“The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar has had great success since his return in 2012, from becoming a three-time Universal Champion to now sitting atop the mountain on Friday Night Smackdown as the reigning, defending, undisputed, WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
This year, however, Lesnar has suffered consecutive losses and shown many different emotions such as insecurity, vulnerability, and even fear. Could it be possible that “The Beast Incarnate” is merely nothing more than a mortal man?
A Beastslayer Rises
At this year’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, “The Beastslayer” Seth Rollins outlasted 29 other superstars to punch his ticket to WrestleMania 35. Twenty-four hours later, a resilient and fired up Royal Rumble winner was prepared to announce which champion he would be facing at The Grandest Stage of Them All. Before Rollins could utter a word, “The Beast Incarnate” came to the ring and delivered a thunderous F5.
Lesnar had decided for Rollins and the mega-match was announced for Mania. The WWE Universe was shocked when they learned their clash over the Universal title was the opening contest for the spectacle. The Universal Champion brought the fight to his challenger before the bell could ring.
“The Beast Incarnate” threw Rollins around like a toy, delivering nasty-looking F5s on the floor and even against the ring post. The match finally began and Rollins did just what he said he would do, “slay the beast” and captured the Universal Championship. After two-years of utter dominance, Lesnar was defeated by Rollins in a matter of minutes, making “The Beast Incarnate” appear nothing more than a mortal man.
Goldberg Has The Beast’s Number
The last time Lesnar was portrayed in such a manner was back in 2016. WWE released its annual teaser trailer for the WWE 2K17 video game and “The Icon” Goldberg was for the first time in the 2K series was listed as a playable character.
Following Goldberg’s comments on ESPN stated the only superstar he would face if he came back to WWE would be Lesnar, his advocate Paul Heyman would issue a challenge on behalf of his client. On the October 17, 2016 episode of Raw, Goldberg made his return to WWE after a thirteen-year hiatus to accept Heyman’s challenge and the mega-match was announced for Survivor Series.
At the pay-per-view, the WWE Universe waited anxiously for the WCW star’s first match back in the squared circle. A familiar theme song blared through the arena and chants of “Goldberg” echoed throughout. The match began and Lesnar picked up his rival driving him into the corner followed by a shove. Before “The Beast Incarnate” even knew what hit him, Goldberg blasted him two back-to-back monstrous Spears and a Jackhammer to win the match in an astonishing one-minute and twenty seconds.
Their next encounter would be during the 2017 Men’s Royal Rumble Match when Goldberg entered at #28 and eliminated Lesnar seconds after delivering another Spear that left “The Beast Incarnate” in a state of shock. Lesnar was made to feel like a fool for the second time in a row by his long-time rival who appeared to be one step ahead of him.
A Beast In The Bank Arrives
At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Lesnar made headlines again. Brock made his shocking return in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, climbed up top and grabbed the briefcase to become Mr. Money in the Bank. After over a month of taunting both the-WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and “The Beastslayer” himself, Lesnar picked the perfect time to cash-in.
Following Rollins and his real-life girlfriend Becky Lynch’s Winners-Take-All Match against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans, “The Beast Incarnate” finally got his comeuppance from WrestleMania 31 when Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on him during his colossal match against Roman Reigns. Twenty-four hours later, The Universal champion flanked by his advocate Paul Heyman gloated over their masterplan working perfectly.
On the July 15th episode of Raw, Rollins won a first-ever Cross-Branded All-star Battle Royal to gain his one-on-one rematch against Lesnar at SummerSlam. On the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view, “The Beast Incarnate” victimized and brutalized Rollins backstage and in the ring injuring his midsection with a vicious F5 onto a stretcher that left him coughing up blood.
Nobody gave “The Beastslayer” any chance of reclaiming the Universal Championship let alone surviving another ass-kicking. As Lesnar and Rollins started the match it was business as usual for “The Beast Incarnate” giving Rollins a free ticket to Suplex City but, the challenger landed on his feet and hit a stomp for a quick near-fall. Lesnar made it back to his feet and another German suplex countered but a nasty-looking F5 took Rollins down.
Now “The Beast Incarnate” had momentum on his side and threw Rollins to the outside with a handful of vicious German suplexes. Lesnar beat the holy hell out of his challenger from pillar to post. The champion charged at his foe but inadvertently blasted into the ring post shoulder first. “The Beastslayer” executed a stiff knee followed by two suicide dives. Rollins went for the third but got caught for another German suplex. Lesnar turned his attention to the announce table and Rollins blasted him with another knee.
“The Beastslayer” climbed up top and perfectly executed a jaw-dropping Frog Splash through Lesnar and the table reminiscent to the one Rollins delivered during the triple-threat-match at the 2015 Royal Rumble between John Cena, Lesnar, and himself. The end of the highly-intense match saw Rollins dig down deep and execute three massive stomps to put the beast down and regain the Universal title.
The Beast Incarnate Is Actually Afraid
On the debut episode of Friday Night Smackdown, “The Beast Incarnate” obliterated Kofi Kingston in a lightning-fast eight seconds to become a three-time WWE Champion. While Lesnar was hoisting up his title, Rey Mysterio’s music blared through the arena except he wasn’t alone, he brought Cain Valesquez with him. The WWE Champion froze in disbelief over what he was seeing as his face turned ghost white.
Cain entered the ring, took “The Beast Incarnate” down and began pummelling with stiff right hands and body shots. Lesnar covered up and eventually scurried outside leaving the ring. The intimidated champion teased going back for revenge but all he did was hide behind his newly acquired WWE Championship.
At UFC 121, Cain Velasquez beat the living hell out of Lesnar in an unprecedented four minutes to win their fight. If you go back and watch their encounter then you’ll see Lesnar running away from Cain at about the two-minute mark and doing everything humanly possible to survive, but he didn’t. “The Beast Incarnate” was being attended to by medics while Cain had his arm raised in victory.
Let that sink in for a minute: the youngest WWE Champion in history, a three-time Universal Champion, and the man who broke The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania was completely obliterated in four minutes. Now that same man has signed with WWE and is challenging Lesnar for the WWE title at Crown Jewel.
For the first time since his return in 2012, “The Beast Incarnate” has shown weakness and vulnerability. What will happen to Lesnar if Cain wins the WWE Championship in two weeks in Saudi Arabia? Only time will tell and if history repeats itself the WWE Universe will be shocked.
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