Brock Lesnar will be in the main event of this Sunday’s WWE Summerslam as he challenges John Cena for the WWE world heavyweight championship. Lesnar last competed for the title in February of 2004 when he lost the title to Eddie Guerrero at the No Way Out pay-per-view. The Minnesota native then left the company a month later after WrestleMania 20 losing to Bill Goldberg. Then Lesnar tried for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and almost made the team. He almost returned to the WWE in 2005, but ended up wrestling a few matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling and becoming their heavyweight champion.
Lesnar decided to go into the MMA world and in his fourth fight became the UFC heavyweight champion defeating Randy Couture at UFC 91 in 2008. “The Beast Incarnate” became not only the biggest draw for the UFC, but at the time one of the top attractions in all of sports. Lesnar left after his UFC 141 fight against Alistair Overeem. Then Lesnar returned to the WWE in 2012 to start an initial feud with Cena.
Diverticulitis was a reason that Lesnar had to take time off at times in his UFC career including not having fought for 14 months before the Overeem fight.
Paul Heyman recently did an interview with FoxSports.com and said that Lesnar is 100% healthy from the disease.
“He feels great,” Heyman said. “He’s healthy. His body is not spending so much energy fighting off diverticulitis. He’s healthy for the first time in years and I think his potential is limitless. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. This is Jim Thorpe, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, this is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete.”
With that new found health, Heyman feels that his client is peaking at the right time heading into the match with Cena on Sunday.
“I think the true, dominant nature of Brock Lesnar is just starting to emerge in WWE,” Heyman said. “When Brock and I were first presented on television together in 2002, he was the hottest rookie WWE had ever seen. Five months into his rookie year, he beats The Rock for the WWE title. He went through the entire roster, but still he was someone new.
“Now he brings outside sports entertainment credibility with him. I think if you look back at his body of work in the past 15 years, in 15 years he’s won the NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship, he’s won the WWE title, he won the UFC title from the greatest heavyweight the UFC ever had in Randy Couture, and now he comes back to WWE and he gets the victory that no other man could possibly have. Titles are transitory, an era will begin and end at Wrestlemania, but only one man beat the streak. That was the biggest victory anybody could attain in WWE. To beat the streak, to beat the Undertaker, it was a quarter century in the making.”
Wrestling fans say that Cena and Lesnar are the biggest draws that the WWE has. Heyman feels it is only one of those guys.
“Brock Lesnar is the single biggest attraction WWE has and rightfully so — because he can carry it,” Heyman said. “This is not someone who comes along except once in a generation.”
Is Heyman right in his assessment?