Brock Lesnar is the real deal
Brock Lesnar is a once in a lifetime athlete. People around the world want to be entertained and Brock Lesnar delivers exactly that. He is what makes the WWE interesting; nobody in the WWE brings the sense of realism that he brings to the table.
Even with a scripted outcome, people are turning in to see what Lesnar is doing in the WWE. He’s one in a generation and can't be cloned. He’s a monster with 300 pounds of pure muscle who moves like a cruiserweight in the ring. Then he goes on to beat people up. That’s what makes him terrifying. When people see him on TV, they are just glued to it.
During an episode of Monday Night Raw a few years ago, Lesnar ripped the door off of a car and sent it plummeting towards the fan barrier on the side of the ramp leading to the ring. Certainly, Lesnar had no intention of harming fans, but he is so good when he is in character, that sometimes things just happen to get in his way.
Any other Superstar in that exact same segment would probably just take the door and throw it a foot or so next to them (If they could get the damn thing off the car in the first place) but Lesnar, being the monster that he is, launched it several feet into the air.
This segment, in addition to the rout of Reigns we saw on the road to WrestleMania, is just two pieces of evidence suggesting Lesnar is the most believable professional wrestling character of the last decade.
Brock was a gifted collegiate wrestler and spent years in the WWE before moving onto the UFC where he would become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Upon his return to the WWE, the company has done an amazing job of protecting him, and by having him break the Undertaker’s WrestleMania winning streak, they have invested an incredible amount of booking capital in the Lesnar character.
His in-ring style has consisted of MMA style ground and pound with vicious knees and multiple suplexes. You can watch an entire pay-per-view and enjoy each match, but once Lesnar hits the ring, something different happens. For the next 20 minutes, you forget you’re watching scripted television.
The show departs from fiction and moves toward reality. During his program with the Undertaker, I was legitimately concerned for Undertaker's health. Not because Lesnar is a poor worker, but because he is legitimately a powerhouse, and when you’re over 50 years old working with someone the likes of Brock Lesnar, something can go wrong.
Everything Lesnar does in the ring looks legit and sometimes I feel that a Brock Lesnar match is the only time WWE isn’t insulting my intelligence with terrible looking punches and lacklustre story-telling. For a few hours a week I watch the WWE product with the intent to believe that what I’m watching is real.
That’s been the purpose of professional wrestling for the last century, to suspend disbelief and make viewers invest in a fiction based story. It is essential WWE does not attempt to ‘tone down’ Lesnar. If they continue to have him demolish and disintegrate everything in his path until they feel they have found the right Superstar to defeat him.
The moral of the story is that when Lesnar absolutely obliterated John Cena in the summer of 2014, we all witnessed a legitimate assault. That night something changed, and as we all witnessed Lesnar’s elbows reigning down on Cena’s forehead we began to watch matches with a different perspective.
Lesnar raised the bar, and every time he appears on Raw or Smackdown, he brings much-needed legitimacy and star-power to a roster deprived of main event level talent.
Like him or not, Brock Lesnar is the real deal. He has an aura of intensity about him that you cannot deny. You’re not watching aact folks, he really is that believable.