The Monster Among Men Braun Strowman vs The Beast Brock Lesnar
Last night in LA we witnessed a thunderous battle of the Titans when The Beast defended his title again The Monster Among Men
The reigning and defending champion Brock Lesnar has been a force to be reckoned with since joining the WWE back in 2000. In the last 17 years few have been able to rival The Beast like his most recent adversary Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men has not only rivaled Lesnar, but has tossed him around like a rag doll nearly every time they have met.
I’m a lifetime WWE fan, and never miss an episode of Monday Night Raw. I’ve got to say that I’m very pleased with the heavy weight division in 2017. Though I wish Brock Lesnar was more of a fighting champion, he puts on an amazing show when he actually does decide to get in the ring.
Lesnar has had some stiff competition recently. At Survivor Series in November, 2016 Lesnar took on former rival Bill Goldberg. The return of Goldberg was a really big deal, and he came strait for Brock. What I expected to be the match of the century ended in a huge disappointment. Goldberg instantly hit Lesnar with a spear and jackhammer, then the bell rang. He took Lesnar out like he was a no name wrestler from back in the WCW days.
Fast forward to the Royal Rumble in January, 2017. After Brock’s embarrassment at the hands of Goldberg at Survivor Series I hoped he’d get some redemption during the Royal Rumble. When the two gladiators met I was excited all over again. Then Goldberg tossed him out of the ring to embarrass him yet again. Somehow Goldberg faded away instead becoming the champ. I would have loved to see another Goldberg title reign.
In Early 2017 The Monster Among Men was still establishing himself in the WWE. As a member of The Wyatt Family he was held back in Bray Wyatt’s shadow. Once he became a solo competitor he barked at the general manager that he wanted more competition. When he didn’t get his way he would just come out and destroy somebody.
Finally Braun got his wish for more competition when a fierce rivalry between him and former champion Roman Reigns came to life. Most of their meetings were brutal and involved ambulances. These two behemoths went at it for months, and it really helped Braun stand out as championship material.
In early summer we seen a new rivalry bloom with Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar. I don’t think Samoa Joe had any fans that wanted to see him become the champ. At Fast Lane in July he came close to becoming the new Universal Champion, but couldn’t close the deal.
After Samoa Joe lost the match it caused a bitch fit about who was the #1 contender between Joe, Reigns and Strowman. Out of nowhere general manager Kurt Angle stacked the deck against Lesnar by putting them all in a Fatal 4-way at Summer Slam. Paul Heyman and Lesnar were very unhappy about this call, and threatened to retire if he lost.
The Fatal 4-way at Summer Slam was amazing. Braun Strowman dominated most of the match like a wicked force of nature. He put The Beast through two announce tables, then dumped the third over on him. Brock was carted away on a stretcher, but returned to the ring at the last minute to steal the win.
After that match it became pretty clear who the #1 contender was. John Cena showed up to Raw and began a new rivalry with Roman Reigns, so his attention shifted. Nobody really cares about Samoa Joe, and I imagine he is crying at a sub shop in New Jersey. That left The Monster Among Men the soul challenger.
Even after Braun destroyed Brock during the Fatal 4-way match, Paul Heyman still called him out to the ring. Brock took him to Suplex City and the Monster popped back up like a Weeble Wobble who won’t fall down. The Beast never faced a competitor who could man-handle him like Strowman, so last nights match was one for the record books.
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When it came time for the match Braun Strowman stood with his massive feet planted as he oozed confidence. Brock came out with his titties a bouncing like he was dancing for dollars. You could actually see a hint of fear in his eyes as he giggled around his man-jugs at The Monster.
During the match The Beast was able to mount little offense against The Monster Among Men. Braun dominated him until Brock was able to lock in the Kamora submission hold. Though Strowman eventually got to the rope, the damage had been done.
The main event didn’t disappoint. It was a brutal contest between two of WWE’s most feared competitors of all time. Braun Strowman dominated most of the match, but Brock Lesnar was able to pull off a last minute F-5 to steal the win. I had hoped to see a new fighting champion in Strowman, but I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with only seeing the Universal Champion fight a few times a year still.
Matches like this one are one of the biggest reasons I love wrestling entertainment. What was your favorite rivalry in the WWE of all time. Please let us know in the comment section below.