Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley Feud is Best Example Yet That This is Triple H's WWE

Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley Feud is Best Example Yet That This is Triple H's WWE

Updated: 19 days, 23 hours, 49 minutes, 41 seconds ago
Bobby Lashley greets the crowd ahead of his match during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)


Perhaps nothing would tell WWE fans about the status and long-term viability of the Triple H era than the usage of Brock Lesnar.

The Beast Incarnate getting demolished by Bobby Lashley in an otherwise fluke win at Crown Jewel on Saturday night tells onlookers one thing: The stories and characters fans adore so much are in great hands.

It would appear the days of Lesnar getting thrown into the main event at any time are gone, no matter how many rematches he's had with Roman Reigns. And the happenings from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were both stunningly entertaining in the moment and have great long-term ramifications, too.

First, the match itself. The Beast and Lashley opened the show, which feels like a Lesnar special at this point if he's not the show-ending main event. It was understandable to expect a predictable match in which both guys spammed finishers, hit big moves, went through a barricade or two and just generally kept it under 10 minutes while Lesnar picked up a win.

It was anything but, though.

Lashley was the aggressor, much to Lesnar's surprise. He attacked before the bell and downright beat the brakes off his rival the entire match. It was almost entirely one-sided in nature and refreshing, almost in the same way those early Lesnar-Goldberg clashes that emulated the UFC style were.

The finish was still dusty in nature, with Lesnar looking like he was about to tap but instead flipping the submission into a flukey pin that frankly didn't look all that great. It got the point across, but the finish was a weak one.

Still, mission accomplished from a storytelling angle. Lashley looks every bit the part of a guy who can beat Lesnar at any point. And the guy favored going into the match by most now looks somewhat goofy for underselling his opponent, and he's likely to come back with a vicious demeanor more in line with what fans wanted from this dream match.

Two, this is the perfect feud for both wrestlers. Lashley just had a downright amazing run with a mid-tier title and he needs something to do while other guys get a shot with it. Raw, after all, doesn't have top men's title otherwise.

Feuding with Lesnar and looking great while doing it only cements The All Mighty's status as a big-time player who remains a credible threat for any title in the promotion.

It's not like Lesnar has a ton to do, either. Fans can understand he's probably not going to show up on a weekly basis for quite a bit. But this sort of feud where he has major segments with Lashley every now and then is the perfect way to keep him busy until they can get the finale going at WrestleMania 39.

As an aside, this keeps Lesnar far, far away from Reigns. The orbit surrounding the unified champion and his family and challengers is far too interesting to ruin with The Beast now. It sounds dramatic, but the tail end of the Vince McMahon era really overdid the Lesnar-Reigns feud, anyway.

Lesnar free of that means somebody new like a Cody Rhodes can be the one to dethrone Reigns after his seemingly inevitable clash with The Rock at The Show of Shows.

And while WWE might have the urge to push the third bout between Lesnar and Lashley to an event much sooner than 'Mania, it's such a splendid co-main event now that we know the company's biggest show of the year is likely to continue being a two-night event.

At this point, there's little reason for WWE to fret over Lesnar needing to be the big guy who brings in viewers who don't typically watch WWE, anyway. Over the last few years they have received huge boosts in numbers and performances from the likes of Bad Bunny and Logan Paul—Lesnar can draw, but he isn't the draw anymore on this front.

Credit to Lashley, too. He's not some unrecognizable name given his history in other areas and promotions. Promoting a sort of shoot-UFC fight between the two at WrestleMania is just plain fun.

As has been the case already, this doesn't have to be a fast burn. WWE can take it slow and ultimately on this trajectory, it's the perfect example of how the promotion can smartly handle those "what if?"dream matches.

Because that's what Lesnar-Lashley is. It's a dream match that came to reality and continues to get the treatment it deserves. That's encouraging for the Triple H era as a whole, but it's also a good sign for other dream matches fans might end up getting in the future.