Brock Lesnar’s 5 most underrated WWE matches
Brock Lesnar has been one of WWE’s best characters ever since his debut in 2002. His in-ring work is also nothing to scoff at. Lesnar’s thrill-a-minute matches are among the most entertaining in professional wrestling and contribute towards making him a legitimate box-office attraction.
His matches against the likes of Kurt Angle, CM Punk and AJ Styles stole the show and are fondly remembered to this day. However, there are a number of Lesnar’s matches that fly under the radar and don’t get the credit they deserve.
Here are 5 of Brock Lesnar’s most underrated matches in WWE:
#5. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker (WWE Hell in a Cell 2015)
The second Hell in a Cell bout between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker is often overlooked and might just be the best match in their feud. ‘The Deadman’ was looking to avenge his WrestleMania loss against Lesnar, who was at the height of his popularity with ‘Suplex City,’ proved to be catnip to the fans.
The two megastars outdid their enthralling encounter at WrestleMania in a match full of memorable spots. The former UFC fighter picked up the win after an F5 on the exposed ring floor.
This match solidified Lesnar’s position as one of the most dominant superstars in the history of WWE.
#4. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Survivor Series 2018)
While most people envisioned Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan as the ultimate David vs. Goliath story, the actual match had a spicy twist. Bryan had turned heel and defeated AJ Styles to win the WWE title, setting up a Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series 2018.
Despite taking an initial beating from the Beast Incarnate, the villainous Bryan retaliated with a low blow and a flurry of strikes. ‘The Planet’s Champion’ nearly pushed Lesnar to his breaking point but ultimately succumbed to an F5.
#3. Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Brock Lesnar made his highly-anticipated return to WWE on the Raw after WrestleMania 28 and immediately went after John Cena. This set up an Extreme Rules match between the two megastars at the following PPV.
Lesnar dominated most of the match, manhandling Cena like a rag doll. The former UFC Champion even cut Cena open with a barrage of MMA-style elbows, a rarity in the PG era.
However, the 16-time World Champion managed to turn the tide by hitting Lesnar with a steel chain. Cena then sealed the victory by delivering an AA onto the steel steps.
#2. Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins won the WWE Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar in the opening match of WrestleMania 35. However, the ‘Beast Incarnate’ reclaimed the title when he cashed in Money in the Bank at Extreme Rules 2019. This led to a showdown between the two in the main event of that year’s Summerslam.
The Toronto crowd initially didn’t take to Rollins, but the Iowa native won them over with a display of grit. He used his agility to counter Lesnar’s signature moves and delivered a Stomp to seal the win.
#1. Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock
Brock Lesnar tore through the roster during his first year in WWE, defeating some of the biggest names in professional wrestling. At Summerslam 2002, he received a shot at The Rock’s Undisputed Championship. The audience knew that The Rock was bound for Hollywood and was almost unanimously behind Lesnar.
The Rock and Lesnar, with more than a small helping hand from Paul Heyman, thrilled the audience with a number of well-laid-out nearfalls. The Beast Incarnate eventually outlasted The Rock to become the youngest Undisputed Champion in WWE history in what was a true passing of the torch moment.