We’re continuing on with our “Blast from the Past” series, with our second post. In the first post we looked at Mick Foley vs Randy Orton, which turned out to be a great bit of nostalgia. However, today, we’re going to watch Brock Lesnar vs The Rock at 2002’s Summerslam! This is the hayday of wrestling for me. This is when I got back into wrestling as a teenager who actually understood it (sort of). I used to watch WCW and WWF back in the 90s. However, I just watched it for the action. I didn’t understand the story lines. Brock Lesnar drew me back into wrestling, and hopefully, this match brings back good memories.
First Thoughts of Brock Lesnar Vs The Rock
The first 10 seconds, and the “next big thing” line has already been used. I remember that like it was yesterday. It was the past version of “the beast incarnate”. Brock Lesnar has always walked around with some sort of hyped up tagline. The Next Big Thing was his one back in the 2002-2004 era of WWE.
To get to this match, Brock Lesnar defeated Rob Van Dam to win the King of the Ring, and The Rock won the undisputed championship in a triple threat against Kurt Angle and The Undertaker.
The first thing I noticed when the match went live is just how young Brock Lesnar looks. It’s 13 years ago, but still, he looks completely different. He looks FAR healthier, less bloated. Let’s not beat around the bush, Brock Lesnar is an absolute beast currently in 2015. However, he looks in far better shape there, and less ‘puffed out’. Have you ever watched a Brock Lesnar match this year and noticed that by the end he’s usually the colour of a tomato, and sweating buckets? Well, he doesn’t have that weirdly out of shape appearance (obviously he is in shape though) back in 2002.
Paul Heyman accompanied him to the ring as usual. Brock Lesnar was the original “Paul Heyman Guy”. However, Paul Heyman definitely is more of a mouthpiece now compared to what he used to be. Perhaps Brock is just lazy, or perhaps they have realised that he is terrible on the microphone, and dedicated that job to Paul Heyman. Then again, the fact he has a mouthpiece in Paul Heyman, sort of cements him as being a bad ass.
The Summerslam arena just reminds me of playing WWE: Here Comes The Pain on PS2 back when I was a teenager. I also remember back when Brock Lesnar used to do that hop up to the ringside, which he doesn’t really do anymore. I thought it looked bad ass. There’s a few old-school Lesnar traits which I wish he would bring back, which leads me onto my next point…
Move diversity. Brock Lesnar’s moveset is more boring than that of John Cena’s currently. It’s just 15 German Suplexes, a few F-5’s, then pin the guy. Maybe throw a kimura lock in there for good measure. Back in 2002, Lesnar was pulling off belly to belly suplexes like his opponents weighed nothing, doing moonsaults off the top rope, even superplexing Big Show off the top rope. Why doesn’t he have this move diversity these days?! His moveset is getting very stale! I’m not sure if it is because he’s lazy, or whether the powers that be are telling him to stick to the whole “suplex city” gimmick. It’s fine if he does suplexes, but mix it up a bit Brock!
Paul Heyman Guy!
Paul Heyman is just a mouthpiece currently. However, in this match, he was pulling sneaky little moves on The Rock to throw the match in Brock Lesnar’s favor. I think this is something he should start doing again. Especially if the creative team want to cement Brock Lesnar as a heel. Then again, Heyman is so good on the microphone, I don’t think he will ever fully be a heel.
Brock Lesnar vs The Rock – The Winner is Brock Lesnar!
So, Brock Lesnar walked away as the new Undisputed Champion in this match. I believe (I’m open to correction), but at the time, he was the youngest WWE Champion of all time.
Overall the match was entertaining. It wasn’t anywhere close to fight of the year contender. However, you can tell the style of Wrestling has changed since then. The crowds are different, the commentators are different…everything is just…different.
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