Triple Z discusses his thoughts regarding Survivor Series main event, and where it should go from here.
There is nothing like it when Brock Lesnar rises to the occasion. You instantly remember why he's the part-time superstar. The engaged Lesnar we saw on Sunday night was rare. Proving that Lesnar when he feels like it still has a passion for pro wrestling. It only took one opponent to get it out of him. Daniel Bryan.
We haven't seen a Brock Lesnar match that good in years. Yeah, his encounters with Goldberg were fine. But this was on a whole new level. At first we thought it was going to be a typical Brock Lesnar beatdown, and all of that quickly changed. Thanks to Daniel Bryan's heel persona.
Bryan brought out the very best in Lesnar. Even getting the beast to chant "Suplex City." Something we rarely see from Lesnar. The match made Brock Lesnar look like he barely survived. He was moments away from tapping out to the Yes! lock. And for a few moments the "smarks" who care about Lesnar only fighting people near his size were gasping.
Even though it is ridiculous to point out Brock Lesnar doing a bear hug it is necessary to point out. Lesnar rarely does different moves. Adding a bear hug or any move other than a F5 or suplex into his in-ring psychology is a rare sight.
This match should open the eyes to the people making the decisions in the back. Lesnar vs Bryan looked like something out of a NXT TakeOver event. There is ways to move this forward. It is time to reevaluate on how you use Brock Lesnar. The part-time star stock rises when he puts on a performance like that. Yet there is obviously a key to his epic performance. Lesnar has to care about his opponent.
It's blatantly obvious Brock Lesnar could care less for Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Braun Strowman. We don't know why he feels this way. Maybe he has a little bit more respect for Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins but who knows. If I'm WWE I would make sure every Lesnar match was with someone he respected and was willing to perform with. Daniel Bryan got it out of him, AJ Styles was able to get a little bit. Would Lesnar have a respectful match with Shinsuke Nakamura? Especially considering Lesnar's ties to NJPW. That could very well be Brock Lesnar's next good match. This also means no more finisher extravaganza's with Roman Reigns were they just do spear-F5-spear-F5. And no more Lesnar hitting five F5's to win a single match.
There is obviously some other opponents that I think could bring the most out of Brock. I could see Finn Balor getting Brock to work. Considering how he was on the indies forever and his NJPW ties. I would likened this match to Lesnar's fight with CM Punk. Then my other two options are legends. Kurt Angle, could probably bring out a lot in Brock Lesnar. Then the other legend would be The Rock. Another feud that we thought we were getting. It has been rumored to be the main event of multiple WrestleMania's. The rumor went all the way back to the night after WrestleMania 28.
Now it's once again rumored that we could see Brock Lesnar vs The Rock go down at WrestleMania 35. I'm all for that. The Rock will energize Brock Lesnar into performing well. If not WWE now has the sturdy backup plan of just having Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan again. Could you imagine a babyface Daniel Bryan defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the title? That would be quite the the scene and an iconic moment to close out the show.
So the matter of the story is that when Brock Lesnar is motivated he puts on an incredible, awe-inspiring match. When was the last time a main roster match truly told a story? It's funny because on Survivor Series you technically had two storytelling matches in Nakamura/Rollins and Lesnar/Bryan. Yet I think the path with Brock Lesnar is quite simple. It's time for him to agree to matches that will be good.
There is also another opponent that I think would be fascinating for Brock Lesnar. Matt Riddle down in NXT. The man who claims "he will retire" Lesnar. Riddle has a MMA/UFC background. It's now just a matter to if Brock Lesnar actually respects the guy.
So far Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar is my match of the year for WWE main roster.
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