Just like everyone predicted, Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena in a brutal, memorable, one-sided match to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam.
Give credit to Cena. He took a big beating that few modern professional wrestlers would be able to withstand. So what happens now with Lesnar, the part-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
Let’ take a look at The Beast and what his SummerSlam performance means:
5: Lesnar is Money
The live crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was in awe of Lesnar. Even though professional wrestling is sports entertainment, Lesnar brings a sense of reality to his matches. Lesnar knocked Cena with some stiff punches, the kind that weren’t pulled very much. His match with Cena was one-sided at would have otherwise been a boring match, but Lesnar is such a beast that it becomes a scary spectacle just to watch him compete. The crowd may not love him or hate him, but they are certainly in awe of him and that’s the kind of thing that translates into cash at the box office.
4. Lesnar Disrespects The Undertaker
Most wrestling fans still have the yuck-feeling inside of Lesnar defeating The Undertaker, breaking his famed undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Lesnar doesn’t have to rub it in. During his match with Cena, Lesnar rose straight up from his back, turned his head and then stuck his tongue out — just like The Undertaker. Then, Lesnar broke up in laughter. The Undertaker’s entire existence has been built on creating a mystique. Everything he does is supposed to feel original, special and unique to that character. Lesnar’s copy of the move disrespects the years The Undertaker “rose form the dead” the last two decades in the WWE. He broke the streak. Isn’t that enough?
3. His Enormous Push Continues
The WWE brass apparently believe it’s OK to have a guy carry the title even though he doesn’t do house shows and appears once in a while on Monday Night Raw. The victory at Summeslam was not a fluke. He is rumored to hold the title until WrestleMania next year. This is a rare kind of treatment. Lesnar basically has been given a blank check to do whatever he wants in the WWE. WWE wants fans to believe Lesnar is an indestructible monster who can destroy anybody. Apparently his character is so strong that the WWE is willing to push him as its top guy, even though there are 30 other wrestlers on the roster who are better professional wrestlers than he is.
2. His Cardio Still Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
Yes, he’s 265 pounds and full of muscle. Still, he blew up big-time at Summerslam. He spent half the match wipe sweat out of his eyes, while trying to portray his indestructible gimmick. After a big flurry early, Lesnar spent much of the match just kind of catching his breath before delivering another German suplex. By contrast, Cena was barely sweating, even after suplex number 10. Lesnar looks great when another wrestler is taking a beating for him, but what also shines through is that Lesnar needs to do shorter matches with lots of breaks because he’s not exactly Shawn Michaels in 1996.
1. He Owes Half His Paycheck To Paul Heyman
Lesnar gets all the credit, but he owes much of his mythical aura to Paul Heyman, his pro wrestling manager and mouthpiece. Lesnar is a little better than Ryback on the microphone. Heyman is as important to Lesnar’s character as Lesnar is himself. Heyman talks about Lesnar as though he’s Hercules and Drax The Destroyer rolled into one incredible super star. Part of the reason Lesnar is able to be champion while working as a part-time is that he knows Heyman will be there to elevate his character and speak for him when he’s not on WWE television. Through his gift for storytelling, Heyman makes Lesnar seems present more often than he really is. Without Heyman, Lesnar would have tough time connecting with the audience.