Going into WrestleMania 33, I began thinking about the biggest career wins of Brock Lesnar. I felt defeating Goldberg would make his top five, so here is my list.
5. Summerslam 2014, Defeating John Cena to win WWE World Heavyweight World Championship
In 2002, Brock Lesnar was well on his way to becoming the wrestler of the 21st Century but he moved on from WWE. John Cena instead took up the mantle on pace for a 15th Major WWE Championship victory at Money in the Bank in 2014. Brock returned on the scene in 2012 and come the summer of 2014 was ready to regain his throne. Brock obliterated Cena in this match from start to finish. It was like watching the NFC blow out an AFC team in a 1980’s Super Bowl. Brock was never more dominant and the crowd loved the entire match.
4. WrestleMania XIX (2003), Defeating Kurt Angle to win WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar won the Royal Rumble in 2003 and awaiting him at WrestleMania on the final night of his rookie year was the Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle in the prime of career. Angle was really one wrong neck bump away from a major injury as he wrestle the match injured. The match-up featured the two best amateur wrestlers to ever step foot in WWE and they put on a classic. Brock did botch the shooting star press but moving Angle in closer would’ve allowed for perfect execution. Still Angle and Brock worked around the botched finish and Brock put Angle away via the F5. Brock completed the dream WWE path to the WWE Championship and won at WrestleMania.
3. WrestleMania 33 (2017), Defeating Goldberg to win Universal Championship
At WrestleMania XX and Survivor Series 2016 Goldberg would swiftly defeat the nearly unbeatable Brock Lesnar. In fact, in 2016 Brock was never more dominant and Goldberg never further away from an in ring career or older in age. Brock was handed the most devastating and embarrassing loss of his career at Survivor Series. No one WWE superstar has ever gotten the best of Brock like Goldberg. Brock needed to get the monkey off his back and finally defeat Goldberg. At Mania 33, Brock began well, but Goldberg went on a spear-based tear nearly ending Brock for a third straight time. Brock dug deep with 10 suplex’s and an F5 and Brock’s curse of Bill Goldberg was over.
2. Summerslam 2002, Defeating The Rock to win WWE Undisputed Championship
The Rock is one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all-time. Rock was right in his prime in 2002. At the end of 2001, Rock got past Austin and saved the WWE from the WCW/ECW Alliance and at WrestleMania X8 in 2002, he defeated the nWo’s Hollywood Hogan. In 2002, Brock was a rookie and aside Kurt Angle and the Undertaker, he is arguably the greatest rookie in WWE history. Brock won the 2002 King of the Ring over RVD and defeated Hulk Hogan on Smackdown. Heyman said it best early in the night of Summerslam to Brock that “He thinks he’s the underdog” regarding champion Rock. Rock vs. Brock was one of the greatest matches in Summerslam history and the pace was amazing. Rock did everything he could despite with ribs Brock injured on the recent Smackdown. Brock proved in every way, just months into his career that he was a true main event wrestler. Brock swiftly put Rock away and a new era was born.
1. WrestleMania XXX (2014), Defeating The Undertaker and Ending ‘The Streak’
We can argue all of Brock’s victories, but in the end defeating The Undertaker and being the one behind 21-1 is Brock’s biggest career win and may be the biggest singular victory in pro wrestling history. Brock ended history on this night versus a wrestler who defeated WWE stars like Triple H (3x), Shawn Michaels (2x), Kane (2x), Randy Orton, Batista, Ric Flair, Sycho Sid, Jake the Snake Roberts, CM Punk and Edge all on the grandest stage. Most expected Undertaker to walk away with his 22nd victory but Brock was in his prime and at his best and Taker’s prime was in the rear view window.