Brock Lesnar showed a rare moment of weakness on Monday’s episode of Raw and was hit with an RKO by Randy Orton ahead of their showdown later this month at SummerSlam - the next main event in Lesnar’s decorated pro wrestling career. Here are Lesnar’s biggest moments in the squared circle, from his first WWE Championship run 14 years ago to his iconic triumph over The Undertaker. Photos via the WWE Network.
Developmental territory - 2001
Brock Lesnar signed with WWE in 2000 and started out with Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he was a tag champion with Shelton Benjamin. Here is is wrestling Batista in 2001.
WWE Debut - March 18th, 2002
Lesnar finally made it to the main roster in 2002 and destroyed Al Snow and Spike Hardy in a flurry of violence.
Lesnar is the King of the Ring - June, 2002
Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament in 2002, beating Bubba Ray Dudley, Booker T, Test and Rob Van Dam.
Lesnar vs. Hulk Hogan, August 2002
Prior to his title match at SummerSlam, Lesnar beat Hulk Hogan to retain his status as the No. 1 contender.
Lesnar vs. The Rock, SummerSlam 2002
“The Next Big Thing,” then 25 years old, beat The Rock for the Undisputed Championship the youngest champion in the history of the WWE.
Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, No Mercy 2002
Long before Lesnar broke The Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania streak, he beat the Deadman in a brutal Hell in a Cell match at Unforgiven that ended with both men drenched in blood.
Lesnar vs. The Big Show, Royal Rumble 2003
Lesnar delivered one of the biggest F5’s of his career to The Big Show in the first match of the 2003 Royal Rumble, then went on to eliminate the Undertaker and win the Rumble match.
Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, WrestleMania XIX
A match most remember for Lesnar’s botched Shooting Star Press, Lesnar won the WWE title for the second time in his career after breaking multiple ankle locks and F5-ing Angle.
Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, SummerSlam 2003
Angle returned from his neck injury and won the title in a triple threat match at Vengeance, and then made Lesnar tap in the main event at SummerSlam later that year.
Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly, Royal Rumble 2004
Lesnar broke Hardcore Holly’s neck in 2002, which knocked Holly out of action for 13 months, but Holly eventually got a title shot against Lesnar two years later at the Royal Rumble. Holly later said that he and Lesnar had a good relationship and didn’t hold the injury against him.
Lesnar vs. Goldberg, WrestleMania XX
Generally regarded as one of the biggest letdowns in WrestleMania history, fans hated this match as it was clear both wrestlers were on the verge of leaving WWE. Fans chanted “hey, hey, hey, goodbye” after Lesnar lost, and he responded by flipping off the crowd.
Eight-year break from WWE
Lesnar left after his disastrous Goldberg match and tried to make the Minnesota Vikings, but failed to make the regular-season roster. He then began working for New Japan Pro Wrestling and became the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and even wrestled Shinsuke Nakamura. Lesnar also launched his MMA career and became the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2008. Photo via Getty Images.
Lesnar returns to WWE, April 2, 2012
Lesnar finally returned to WWE in 2012 on an episode of Raw and delivered an F5 to John Cena, setting up a feud with the face of the WWE.
Lesnar vs. Cena, Extreme Rules 2012
Lesnar, now with a giant chest tattoo, looks even bulkier than he did in the early 2000s. He would lose to Cena at Extreme Rules in a bloody match that ended with Cena hitting an Attitude Adjustment on the steel steps.
Lesnar vs. Triple H, SummerSlam 2012
Lesnar got involved in a contract dispute storyline that led to a match with Triple H at SummerSlam months after he “broke Triple H’s arm” on an episode of Raw. Lesnar forced HHH to tap with the Kimura Lock, then had another lengthy absence.
Lesnar attacks Vince McMahon, January, 2013
Brock returned to WWE in early 2013 just as Vince McMahon was about to fire Paul Heyman. Lesnar delivered an F5 to McMahon, who was 67 years old at the time.
Lesnar vs. Triple H, WrestleMania 29
Lesnar’s assault on the McMahon family led to another match with Triple H at MetLife Stadium, which ended with Triple H hitting a Pedigree on steel steps to beat Lesnar.
Lesnar vs. CM Punk, SummerSlam 2013
Lesnar beat Triple H at Extreme Rules in a steel cage match, then came back a month later to begin a feud with CM Punk, which ended with a No DQ match at SummerSlam.
Lesnar vs. The Big Show, Royal Rumble 2014
Lesnar disappeared again for months, but came back in January and quickly dispatched of Mark Henry (“breaking his arm”) and The Big Show in a match at Royal Rumble. 11 years later, Lesnar hit another F5 on an even bigger Show.
Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, WrestleMania XXX
This is the big one. Lesnar shocked the world by becoming the 1 in 21-1 and snapping The Undertaker’s WrestleMania win streak. Whether you like Lesnar or not, this is one of the top-5 biggest moments in WWE history.
Lesnar vs. John Cena, SummerSlam 2014
Lesnar didn’t wrestle again until SummerSlam, where he captured the WWE title and began a 224-day reign by obliterating John Cena with 16 German suplexes. It was essentially a squash match, and Lesnar had never looked stronger.
Roman Reigns loses Lesnar’s title, WrestleMania 31
In one of the best finishes to a title match in WrestleMania history, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank contract and turned Lesnar’s main event match with Roman Reigns into a triple threat, then pinned Reigns to steal Lesnar’s title.
The Undertaker spoils Lesnar’s win over Seth Rollins, Battleground 2015
The Deadman returned just as Lesnar was about to recapture the WWE title with a win over Seth Rollins, hitting Brock with a crushing low-blow and a chokeslam.
Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, SummerSlam 2015
The Undertaker got revenge for WrestleMania at SummerSlam, but the real highlight of the match was Lesnar and Taker laughing at each other while sitting on the mat.
Lesnar vs. The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell 2015
The Taker-Lesnar feud ended in a cell. Lesnar kicked out of a tombstone piledriver, then hit Undertaker with a low blow and delivered an F5 for the win.
Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose, WrestleMania 32
It’s rare to walk away from a Lesnar match disappointed, but his no-holds-barred matchup with the future WWE Champion Dean Ambrose in front of the biggest crowd in WWE history was a bit of a dud. Lesnar disappeared afterward and returned to UFC, before returning to WWE for an upcoming match with Randy Orton.