For years now, we have been told it’s no longer about the big guys, and to an extent that has been true. However, the WWE’s biggest star and their “reigning, defending, Universal Champion” is the “beast” Brock Lesnar. And, WWE’s hottest prospect is the “monster among men” Braun Strowman. At Summerslam, these two men were joined by Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe, in a battle of monsters, and the results were nothing short of extraordinary.
Four men, who weigh near, or over three-hundred pounds went to war. Tables, stairs, and bodies flew around the Barclays Centre in what can only be described as the greatest monster movie ever made. All four big men had the fans in the palm of their hands and gave a performance only they were capable of delivering.
Earlier in the night, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose gave the fans a fast and furious tag team match which ultimately ended with them holding the tag team titles. The match was a prime example of what the smaller guys bring to the table, but there is an aura and fascination when watching the heavyweights collide, that the smaller performers simply cannot replicate.
This fascination became abundantly clear in the main event, as the roof came unglued when Braun Strowman finally went to war with Brock Lesnar. Strowman eventually got the upper hand and put him through two tables before finally putting the third table on top of the beast.
Strowman’s every move seemed to bring the fans to their feet, and even in the matches climax, fans were taken on a rollercoaster ride before finally witnessing Brock Lesnar retain his Universal Championship. No technical wrestling on display, no flashy moves. The Summerslam main event was a hard-hitting and believable match which every superstar walked out of in a better position than when they walked in.
Brock Lesnar, a man who is fairly, and sometimes unfairly criticised for not working hard and only having short matches – put on a performance showing everybody why he is the WWE’s top star. Not only did Brock give one of his best performances in quite some time but he also helped elevate three of WWE’s top stars by allowing them to beat him up for large portions of the Summerslam main event.
Brock left Summerslam by silencing his critics; however, all four men left Summerslam by showing the wrestling world that the big men still rule the industry. After a match like that, after the fans reacted the way they did – one cannot deny, it’s still ‘a big man’s game’.