Before I get into this, I want to apologize for not posting more the past few weeks. There’s been a general malaise, and my laptop burned out, but really, this is WrestleMania season! It’s the most exciting part of the year! Usually anyways. Needless to say, the build to Mania has been underwhelming. And while there’s plenty of negative to talk about, and I will definitely talk about it, I want this post to be positive.
There’s one Wrestlemania match that I’m very much looking forward to, and that’s Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar. Brock is Brock, obviously, but Dean has stepped forward these past couple months and showed that he is The Guy. It so incredibly obvious that he should be in the Roman Reigns spot that I feel stupid even typing it. From the moment The Shield debuted, Dean was the most well-rounded of the group. And while Roman has the Look, and Seth Rollins has the Skill, no one in the past couple years has been the Total Package like Ambrose. Last year, when people were contemplating who could realistically take the title off Lesnar, I had two very different guys in mind.
The problem with people having matches with Lesnar is he’s just too much. He’s too big, too strong, too agile. He’s got the legitimate amateur background and a former UFC champion. That’s a lot to overcome, and few people on the roster have the skillset to realistically oppose Lesnar. You can’t overpower him; we’ve seen Lesnar destroy the Big Shows and Mark Henry’s of the world. You would have to be a freak of nature to stand toe to toe with Lesnar, like a certain Swiss currently out with an injury. Yes, in my mind, Cesaro is the only guy on the roster who could have realistically gone face to face with Lesnar. He’s freakishly strong and incredibly skilled. But there’s other ways to beat Lesnar.
Mind games won’t work since Lesnar is basically an animal. This is why a proposed feud with Bray Wyatt did nothing to interest me. Wyatt’s greatest strength is his aura of mysticism and the way he gets into his opponents head. If Bray got into Lesnar’s head, I’m pretty sure Lesnar’s brain would take Bray to Suplex City by itself. There’s no drama there that can be realistically created without Lesnar’s character being altered to be unrecognizable. If mind games won’t work, what about someone without a mind? Ambrose, I thought, has been shown to have no fear. He’ll leap off things, he’ll use weapons, he’ll take a beating and not stop. He’d stand no chance physically against Lesnar, but his unpredictable behavior creates problems for Brock that can’t be overcome by mere physicality.
So yes, one year ago I wanted either Cesaro or Ambrose against Lesnar. We got Reigns, and that was fine, but I’m very happy to be getting Lesnar vs. Ambrose at Mania this year. I would be even happier if it was for the title, and while that’s extremely unlikely, it’s not impossible. Ambrose has cut some killer promos the last few months, and has made me believe there’s a chance that he’s going to win his matches. It’s hard for a cynic like me to believe that plans will change, but Ambrose makes me believe. I thought his promo on Raw this week was just phenomenal, and regardless of if he beats HHH and Lesnar or not, it’s pretty obvious who the real star in the WWE is.