Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: The Rock vs Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship/Summerslam 2002)

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that I have turned myself into a fancy man (with my own blog) I figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join me as I delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive my favorite videos.

Unless you have been living under a rock (absolutely no pun intended) you know by now that Brock Lesnar beat Shane Carwin to become the undefeated UFC Heavyweight Champion. Apart from the fact that it was one of the best heavyweight fights in a while, there was another note of interest to a wrestling fan like myself. In fact, I even mentioned in the my previous post. Before and after the bout, the fact that Brock Lesnar has a pro wrestling background was highlighted as we saw some of the biggest names in wrestling lore come out to support the artist formerly known as "The Next Big Thing". Before the match up, Stone Cold and The Rock were shown and introduced and the announcers even said that they came out to support Brock.

Once the match and in ring interview were over, Brock went into the crowd and celebrated/was congratulated by Jim Ross, Bill Goldberg, The Rock, Stone Cold, and Paul Heyman. Like I said in the last post, nearly all of those guys are part of wrestling royalty. Furthermore, Goldberg, Rock and Austin have each been the #1 guy in their company at a time. You would think there would be some memorable matches between these guys since they were under the WWE roof together. However, that's not the case. Lesnar and Goldberg were involved in one of the most hyped Wrestlemania matches of all time, and they absolutely stank up the joint. It was so bad that the MSG crowd booed both of them out of the building. Lesnar and Austin never had a match, and the story behind that is quite popular on the internet by now. If you don't know. Back in 2002, neither Vince nor Austin were happy with the creative direction of the company, so to shake things up the creative team came up with the idea of having Austin lose to Brock, on Monday Night Raw, without any sort or story or prelude. Upon hearing it, Austin didn't want to go through with losing to Lesnar without a proper feud. Consequently, the match never took place and Austin vs Lesnar is relegated to fantasy matchups that we wish had actually taken place. The only good match that took place between all of the Superstars I mentioned above was The Rock vs Brock Lesnar. The Summerslam match between these two was almost a passing of the torch. Though The Rock was Undisputed Champion, it was clear that he was Hollywood bound. Meanwhile, Lesnar was labeled as "The Next Big Thing" and was the recipient of massive push. Just seeing all those guy together made me think of this and I thought it would make for an interesting blogpost.

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