Survivor Series is back this year and will feature an all-time favorite WWE Superstar, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is one of WWE’s most-feared Superstars who is known for being ruthless in the ring and leading to his sinister title ‘The Beast Incarnate.’ He is also the only person in history to hold both UFC and WWE world titles. It was no doubt made for enthralling viewing when he went up against Rey Mysterio at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, the United States on November 24th (from 00.00am South African time).
Shortly after his first foray into WWE, Lesnar became the youngest Superstar to win a WWE Championship at the age of 25 which he won in 2002 in a match against The Hardy Boyz, a tag team made up of real-life brothers Jeff and Matt Hardy who are currently signed to WWE. He stayed for four years until his initial retirement to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL).
Lesnar impressed at the NFL Combine, a week-long showcase that occurs every February, where prospective football players perform physical and mental tests in front of coaches, general managers and scouts from NFL. That same year he was involved in a motorbike accident that left him with a broken left hand and jaw, pulled groin and bruised pelvis. He recovered from his injuries and went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings.
If NFL was not enough, Lesnar joined Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2007 until his retirement in 2011 due to his struggles with diverticulitis. He later returned in 2015 and retired again in 2018.
During his time with WWE, Lesnar excelled and became so popular with the WWE Universe – how the WWE fanbase is widely referred to - that it resulted in a feud with The Undertaker. Lesnar and The Undertaker battled it out in a number of matches in which he won. Lesnar’s next feud was with WWE Superstar, John Cena. Cena claimed that Lesnar nearly ended his career and he even named his new finishing move the "F.U." as a way to throw a jab at Lesnar. However, the feud ended soon after at Backlash, a pay-per-view (PPV) event which took place on April 27th, 2003 with Lesnar defeating Cena and retaining the title.
In 2003, Lesnar met Bill Goldberg for the first time. He had an interview backstage claiming he can beat anyone before Goldberg interrupted him, introduced himself and there was a staredown between the two. This was the start of a rivalry between the two. Lesnar defeated Goldberg at the Royal Rumble on January 25th, 2004 using an F-5 to defeat him and retired that same year.
After his time away, Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012 on an episode of Raw. He took a break again this year after losing to his other biggest rival, Seth Rollins on SummerSlam which took place in August. Rollins attempted three stomps on Lesnar before defeating him to regain the title for the second time. This resulted in the end of his third title reign.
On Raw on September 30th, Lesnar returned and attacked Rey Mysterio and his son Dominic. At Crown Jewel, which recently took place on October 31st, he squared up against Cain Velasquez who wanted to get revenge for his godson, Dominic. However, Lesnar ended up winning the match.
With his history in WWE and his current beef with Rey Mysterio, their match-up at Survivor Series is set to be thrilling. Lesner seems to be back for good and we cannot wait to watch him for many more years to come.
Catch Brock Lesnar live as he goes up against Rey Mysterio at this year’s Survivor Series. Watch all the action on DSTV pop-up channel 128 or Supersport.