I really do regret not seeing Brock Lesnar take the WWE by storm during my last wrestling sabbatical.
But then again, when I happened to catch WrestleMania XX and heard 20,000 people booing their throats hoarse, I didn't see what the big deal was because I had never become emotionally invested in "The Next Big Thing."
He debuted the night after WrestleMania X8 and was headlining the next "Granddaddy of Them All" the following year. That's pretty damn impressive in its own right. Even more impressive was Lesnar's athleticism, nearly unfathomable for a man his size.
So when he climbed to the top rope in his main event match against Kurt Angle, it didn't seem all that insane especially considering the rumors that he had nailed the shooting star press during his days with Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Granted, I've seen this clip before but I didn't watch it when it happened so it still counts. Also, it's my column so I make the rules. As suggested by Cagesider mountaineer101, here is Lesnar's defining WrestleMania moment.
I'm sure the big guy would appreciate this piece too seeing as how he doesn't remember it.
My first thought is, "Holy crap, he's going up top." The second is, "Man, Angle is reeeeally far away."
Sure enough, old Sergio turns out right and Lesnar lands nearly squa' on his head. Thankfully, his massive neck that's bigger around than my waist helped prevent any lasting damage.
And that's what makes this moment awesome. It's not that Lesnar missed the jump, that sucks and is very scary. It's that he managed to -- with the help of Angle -- patch together a quick finish despite being out on his feet.
If you have any ideas for something that made you say "that was awesome!!!" pass it along. Make sure to include either your name or your SBNation handle -- whichever you'd like to be used -- and you'll get a shout you out if your idea is used! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.