The mystique of Brock Lesnar has risen exponentially year after year. When he first returned to the WWE in 2012, it was as a special attraction. His match at Extreme Rules opposite John Cena is one of the greatest brawls of all time. The Beast has since had great feuds against Triple H, C.M. Punk, The Undertaker, and Goldberg. He ended ‘Taker’s fabled Wrestlemania undefeated streak, he’s squashed Cena and Randy Orton in Summerslam main events, and has had two WWE/Universal Championship runs.
The aura around The Beast seems to do nothing but grow, as he’s been booked as one of the most unstoppable forces in WWE history. At this point, he’s a draw for his name alone. You advertise ‘Brock Lesnar,’ and you put butts in seats, plain and simple. If a wrestler is booked to work Lesnar, it’s a big deal.
But, let’s be real here – the clock is ticking. Reports are surfacing that Lesnar is interested in a return to UFC. Even if he doesn’t fight again this year, his current WWE deal expires after Wrestlemania 34. He could negotiate a new deal, or he could leave – it’s all seemingly up in the air right now. So, if the WWE realistically only has a few more Lesnar matches to book, who should he wrestle?
10 Opponents Brock Lesnar Should Face Before Retirement
10. Rusev – Three years have passed, and Rusev remains one of the most underrated talents in the WWE. He may not be booked to Lesnar’s level, but he definitely has the talent. “The Bulgarian Brute” is great in the ring and he’s great on the mic. It may happen at a house show, but it’s a match I think a lot of fans would love to see.
9. The Miz – Can you imagine The Miz attempting to weasel his way to a win against Lesnar? At this point, getting the Lesnar slot is an honor, and the work The Miz has put in the last couple of years has earned him that spot. Plus, The Miztourage provides a little more credibility to The Miz. He has a couple of stooges good for tossing around. And, the crowd would absolutely love to see The Miz receive a Lesnar-type beating.
8. Roman Reigns, pt. II – The only reason Reigns is so low on this list is because the match has happened before, and it headlined Wrestlemania 31. But, even without Seth Rollins cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase, the match was fantastic. Considering Reigns is one of the best in the world, it’s a rematch we need to see.
7. Finn Balor – People cite the size difference between the two as a drawback of this potential contest, but come on – it’s pro wrestling, people. Perhaps there’s no greater potential underdog story in WWE than The Demon King rising up to take down The Beast. The pageantry of the entrances alone could sell me on this match.
6. Kevin Owens – Owens is quietly putting together one of the greatest resumes of the last several years. NXT Champion, Universal Champion, 2x Intercontinental Champion, 3x United States Champion – he has the pedigree you’d expect a prize fighter to have. He’s the earned the right to compete in some of these marquee dream matches. Plus, could you imagine the promos between Owens and Paul Heyman leading up to this match?
5. Baron Corbin – Corbin’s career trajectory on Smackdown is nearly parallel to Braun Strowman’s on Raw. It’s obvious he’s slated to be one of the next great big men in the WWE, so why not see what The Lone Wolf can do against Lesnar? I just can’t imagine Lesnar taking the End of Days, though. That would surely be a sight to see…
4. Shinsuke Nakamura – The SmackDown creative team still hasn’t got Nakamura right so far. But, the Japanese style is a perfect fit for a bruising, physical Lesnar contest. The two actually already wrestled in 2006 in Japan, but that was a long time ago, and it wasn’t on the WWE stage.
3. A.J. Styles – No one seems to be talking about Styles as a potential Lesnar opponent. This was the case even before the brand split. But, he’s the best wrestler walking the Earth, and Lesnar has yet to face a high-flyer who has the pedigree of “The Phenomenal One.” There’s a strong ‘David vs. Goliath’ story to be told here.
2. Bray Wyatt – A lot of the mystique of Wyatt has worn off, plain and simple. In early 2016, it looked like a Lesnar-Wyatt match was inevitable. And, it would’ve worked then, too. Wyatt still had Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at his side, adding a little bit of credibility to him. But, now that’s not the case. Wyatt is flying solo, so maybe he’d need to find a couple of lackeys. The Wyatt experience is still worth something, though, and there’s no doubt this match would be a spectacle.
1. Braun Strowman – The Monster Among Men is the biggest ‘money opponent’ Lesnar has yet to face. His star has risen meteorically in 2017, as he’s become one of the focal points of Monday Night Raw. He’s improved dramatically, and has now become a mainstay in the main event picture. Plus, it helps his case that he’s huge. These two are the most destructive forces on Monday nights, so it only makes sense to have them go at it. This could’ve been the Summerslam main event, but it looks like WWE couldn’t make up their mind about who to put in the Universal Championship match. Instead, we’ll get a Fatal 4-Way that’ll include Samoa Joe and Reigns as well. Nonetheless, Strowman vs. Lesnar needs to happen at some point.
What do you think, Wrestling News readers? Who do you want to see Lesnar battle before he hangs up the boots?