The bout between “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar and “The World’s Largest Athlete” The Big Show in the main event for the WWE’s Madison Square Garden show will be far from their first encounter. The two dynamic athletes have shared the squared circle more than a few times in their lengthy careers and in some cases they were epic affairs, in others not so much. Here are the Top 5 Brock Lesnar vs Big Show matches. Please note that the Vengeance 2003 triple threat between Big Show v Lesnar v Angle is not on this list but was an amazing match however Angle went on to win.
5. The Big Show def. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2002 for the WWE Title
Big Show was indeed the first man to derail the Brock Lesnar hype train when he first entered the WWE. Lesnar overcame The Hardys, Rob Van Dam, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match, but a match with the Big Show proved to be too much. This is lower on the list because of the longevity of the match, the contest itself was under 5 minutes long at only 4:19 since the bell rang. Lesnar did land an F-5 but the ref was pulled out by a turn coat Paul Heyman, Show would win via chokeslam on a chair while Lesnar had injured ribs.
4. Brock Lesnar def. The Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014
Contradictory is fun as this match officially lasted a tad over than half of the last match, but what was awesome was the sheer savage attitude of Brock. Before the bell rang Brock demolished Big Show with a chair and landed over a dozen shots to the Giant before Show connected with the WMD right hand that staggered Brock and dropped him for a period of time. Lesnar rebounded and dropped Show with an F-5 for the victory that wasn’t satisfying enough for Brock who continued to beat the Big Show with a chair.
3. Brock Lesnar def. The Big Show at Judgement Day 2003 for the WWE Title in a Stretcher Match
Big Show was making his name by being a massive bully and injuring smaller superstars like Chris Benoit and Rey Mysterio. Lesnar wasn’t known as the cold calculated beast he is now and came to their aid. However in a stretcher match for the WWE Title, how on earth would Brock hoist Show onto a stretcher, much less carry him up the ramp? Insert the fork lift for the photo finish in a wildly entertaining and wacky match between the monsters.
2. Brock Lesnar and The Big Show finished in a No Contest at Smackdown 2003
The match was a number 1 contender’s match for Kurt Angle’s WWE Title and ended in one of the biggest moments in WWE Smackdown history. A hard fought back and forth affair made everyone in attendance go silent as Brock prepared the Big Show on the top rope for an unprecedented superplex. What followed was destruction and demolition as only Brock and Big Show can bring as upon the landing of the move, the ring imploded and all four turnbuckles collapsed. The finish made a triple threat match for the WWE Title at Vengeance.
1. Brock Lesnar def. The Big Show at Royal Rumble 2003 for an entrance into the Royal Rumble Match
What match could possibly beat quite possibly the number 1 Smackdown moment of all time? How about the match that put Brock Lesnar’s career on a launchpad to the Main Event of Wrestlemania XIX. Before Brock could defeat Kurt Angle in the main event of Wrestlemania he had to win the 2003 Royal Rumble, before he could be inserted into the 2003 Royal Rumble he had to defeat the Big Show. So he did. Not even a backstabbing Paul Heyman could help Big Show defeat Lesnar on this night. Heyman was bounced off of the apron, Lesnar hit his F-5 finisher and the rest is history.