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John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (4/29/2012)
"I'm not a superstar. I'm an ass kicker. I am Brock Lesnar."
Those 3 sentences are really all that needs to be said about this match because it sums it up perfectly. Since returning people have wondered what Lesnar was returning to the WWE and needless to say this ain't Lesnar the pro wrestler returning, it's Lesnar the MMA fighter. I can't sing enough praise to whomever decided to let Lesnar come back and be the ass kicking, MMA fighter. I was worried that the powers that be were gonna try to have Lesnar revert back to being a pro wrestler, but no, they let this dude go the whole nine yards (mouth guard, fight shorts, fighting gloves). Honestly, it might be one of the smartest things the company has done in years because at this point, nobody is paying to see Lesnar "wrestle", they wanna continue to see the fighter and ass kicker (just as Lesnar alluded to with his pre-match comments).
The match was fucking insane though, I think that's probably the best way I can put it. Absolutely bat shit insane. Lesnar just completely wrecks Cena for 15+ mins and to his credit, Cena bumps and sells for Lesnar like no other. Lesnar does an amazing job in his own right to make himself look like a badass motherfucker. Hell, a sick, badass motherfucker at that cause at point this dude was wiping Cena's blood on his chest and licking it off his gloves. Who's gonna want to fuck around with someone like that? However, as much credit as Lesnar deserves for getting himself over, Cena deserves just as much because he went out there, played company ambassador, and did what was good for business and that was help make Lesnar look like the unstoppable Terminator.
I also loved how Lesnar did basically one pro wrestling move the entire match (his finisher). Everything else he did was basically hard strikes or mat based wrestling holds (german suplex and the kimura) and it was perfect because again, this isn't Brock Lesnar the pro wrestler, it's Brock Lesnar the MMA fighter. It also made him look more badass and gave the match more 'authenticity', making the fans wonder if they were watching a work or a shoot. The ref bumps were an awesome touch too cause it helped put over the carnage of the match and the ruthlessness of Lesnar, and the doctor checks/stoppages were great too because it helped add the element of realness to the match and suspended disbelief to the audience.
And yeah, it was a botch, but Lesnar's crazy fucking dive actually ended up working into his favor. Not only did the match put over how badass and ruthless he is, but that dive got over how fucking crazy and unstable the dude is. Honestly, who's gonna wanna go against this unstoppable wrecking machine that'll just throws his beast of a body at you with zero disregard? Also, it just added another element of insanity to the match. The finish was the only thing that kind of sucked. Like I understand why Cena went over to extent, but he shouldn't have. Yeah, Lesnar looked like the Terminator while losing, but there's a reason James Cameron turned Arnold face in T2 and that's because nobody would buy into the Terminator still being heel after he ended up losing in the first movie. If anything, Cena should have went over via KO/TKO instead of pinfall. The audience has seen Lesnar lose legitimately via KO/TKO so if Cena were to have knocked Lesnar unconscious with that chain or whatever, it would have been much more believable and still kept Lesnar looking incredibly strong. You could have ran with the gimmick of the only way to stop this monster is to knock him out and built to another Cena/Lesnar match where Lesnar gets his win back. Just sloppy booking if you ask me, but still an absolutely insane match and one of the most entertaining things WWE has done in recent memory. ****3/4