Brock Lesnar shocked the world when he defeated The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania. And again months later at SummerSlam when Brock Lesnar humbled the seemingly unstoppable John Cena to become the undisputed WWE World Heavyweight champion. But after his first successful title defense the following month, WWE was without a World champion. The Brock Lesnar Experiment was flawed.
Vince McMahon stated on the Stone Cold Podcast that Brock Lesnar was an attraction, and that his appearances would make WWE must-see because the fans didn’t get to see him on a regular basis. In actuality, WWE is tied down to a binding contract with limited appearances. Ahh… The chink in the armor of the Brock Lesnar Experiment.
WWE Championship guidelines stated that the champion must defend the title at least once a month. A concept that was briefly touched upon throughout the years, especially if a champion was injured and needed to be relinquished of the title, as per Daniel Bryan’s case. But it was never really heavily enforced because most championships, especially the WWE championship was defended regularly at every WWE PPV. But the Brock Lesnar Experiment forced WWE to throw out their own guidelines in favor of a former Undisputed UFC World Heavyweight champion branded as their champion.
As flawed as the experiment was, Lesnar proved to the naysayers why he was worth every penny at the Royal Rumble event. Not to take anything away from Brock Lesnar, he is–without a shadow of a doubt–a legitimate heavyweight fighter with the agility of a middle-weight; but his limited contract has killed the momentum leading into WrestleMania.
Throughout the three-month dark period without a WWE champion, we lost out on dream match opportunities. An over-Randy Orton, thanks to the RKO Outta Nowhere viral videos, could have laid claim towards the legitimacy of being the true undisputed WWE World Heavyweight champion. Even Chris Jericho (WWE/WCW undisputed World champion) could have added some steam to the dominance of Brock Lesnar by enacting revenge for being F-5 on Monday Night RAW during his guest hosting duties.
While WWE’s year-long program to build Brock Lesnar as this dominant World champion may have failed, the short program between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania can still be salvaged. And of course, the damage control will rest in the hands of Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman, who single-handedly sold the main event–which was finalized at WWE Fastlane–the night after the Royal Rumble with a solid 5-10 minute promo. Heyman touched upon Roman Reigns’ heritage and the mountain of respect he personally has for his family, but when it comes to legacy’s and respect, Brock Lesnar doesn’t care because he’s a fighter and is there to win fights.
Now the Brock Lesnar Experiment has an end game: Roman Reigns needs to defeat and earn respect from the Beast Incarnate.
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