This Sunday sees one of the most anticipated rematches in WWE history, as Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker meet in the ring for the first time since the night that shocked the world, when Brock Lesnar ended the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. That night launched Brock Lesnar to a level beyond the dizzy heights he had already achieved in his WWE career and helped to solidify him as the beast, the conqueror, and the most feared man in WWE to date. The stage for their big match was set recently as Brock Lesnar looked to have the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, pinned and beaten in the middle of the ring at WWE Battleground. But as the referee went to count the three the lights went out and the next image we saw was Undertaker standing face to face with the beast himself. Lesnar looked shocked, afraid, and for the first time I remember in a long time he looked vulnerable. These two clash on Sunday in probably their most anticipated match since Wrestlemania 30 and it will no doubt be an awesome watch. But in this piece I wanted to take a look at the history of their meetings and the history of their feud, as well as look at some cold hard facts that could influence the outcome of Sunday's battle.
Obviously it's right top point out at this time this isn't the second time these two men has faced off. Previously Undertaker and Brock have faced off a total of nine different occasions, with the majority of those meetings taking place between 2002-2003, and the most recent at Wrestlemania 30 in 2014. On four of those occasions the WWE Championship has been contested and on the line. Obviously their meeting at Wrestlemania 30 probably eclipses all of those as their most important meeting to date, given the significance of Undertaker's undefeated Wrestlemania streak but any match for a major championship should be recognized as just as important. It should also be noted that Undertaker was never in his Dead Man persona at the time and all these contests until Wrestlemania 30 took place with him as the American Bad Ass. The first time Lesnar and Undertaker met was at Unforgiven in 2002, where the two men battled to a double disqualification that saw officials from the back having to work hard to keep these two beats apart. The two men also crossed paths in the 2003 Royal Rumble match as they were the final two participants left at the end of the match. Lesnar would go on to win the Rumble that year and subsequently defeat the WWE Champion Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 19 to become WWE Champion for a second time in his career, after previously defeating The Rock at Summerslam 2002 to become the youngest ever WWE Champion at the time until Randy Orton would take that crown from him at Summerslam 2004.
While Undertaker and Lesnar have battled with one another in singles and multiple opponent competition, the two have also both teamed together and against one another too. The first time they ever teamed was back on 15th July 2002, on an edition of Monday Night Raw where Lesnar and Undertaker teamed together to defeat the team of Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam, on a night that would remain famous for the controversial debut in WWE of Eric Bischoff. They wouldn't team together again until 27th May 2003 on a Smackdown taping, where Lesnar and Undertaker would be defeated by the team of Chuck Palumbo, Funaki, and The Big Show. That would be the last time the two men would ever team together, but they did face off in tag team matches against one another on two occasions. On 30th September 2003 Brock Lesnar and John Cena would team together to defeat the team of Kurt Angle and Undertaker, and again Undertaker would face off in a handicapped match against the team of Brock Lesnar and Big Show at a Smackdown taping on 21st October 2003, which came several months after Undertaker had beaten Lesnar and Big Show in a triple threat match at a Smackdown taping on 26th August 2003.
Paul Heyman touched on a very interesting fact during his promo in the final segment of Raw this week, as he stated that the Undertaker has never beaten Brock Lesnar. And that is a true fact, BUT only when it comes to singles matches. Of the five times Lesnar and Undertaker have met in a one on one contest it has always ended with Lesnar being the victor. Three of those five matches have had special stipulations including a Biker Chain, Steel Cage, and even a Hell in the Cell, which is one of Undertaker's specialty matches. Undertaker has beaten Brock Lesnar on only two occasions, the first of those was the triple threat match on Smackdown in August 2003 in which Undertaker pinned Brock. And the other time was at a Smackdown taping in October 2003 when Undertaker won a handicapped match against Lesnar and Big Show, in which Lesnar again would take the pin. So it's clear that Undertaker only really has an advantage over Brock if someone else is involved in the match.
So when you look at the fact that Undertaker has never beaten Lesnar in a one on one contest, Sunday's match now comes with the added possibility that Lesnar will win the match. And while many believe this should be the time for Taker to avenge Brock for breaking the streak I think WWE would be making a huge mistake allowing Undertaker to go over in this one. This actually has a perfectly written story line in it by using the fact that Brock clearly has Undertaker's number as it were, that Undertaker cannot beat Brock one on one, and it could go to the point where Taker even becomes obsessed with beating Brock and will do anything to beat him, even put his career on the line to have Brock potentially retire him at Wrestlemania 32 (If Undertaker doesn't end up facing off against Sting, which is the match he is believed to want). It would be perfect in a sense because Brock has his own streak going on in singles matches against Undertaker, so what better focus for Undertaker than to become determined to take away the streak from Brock like Lesnar did to him.
There is literally no telling what is going to happen Sunday when these two giants meet once again with bragging rights on the line. If Undertaker wins, which is the expected outcome by many then he avenges Brock for taking the streak from him at Wrestlemania. But if Brock wins then that opens up the possibility of another potential meeting between these two, with the stakes being much higher on the grandest stage of them all with Undertaker's career on the line. No matter the outcome I have a feeling we are going to see something that will be truly memorable. While it may not leave us with a jaw dropping moment like Wrestlemania 30 provided you can be guaranteed this will hopefully not be the last time we see these two square off in a one on one match.
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