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Brock Lesnar Confirms It's Curtains for the Big Show

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You know those days where everything seems to be going your way?

Commute traffic is lighter than usual. They get your name right at Starbucks. You score that perfect parking spot.

It's days like this that lead to guys like Santino nearly winning the damn Royal Rumble!

That's the kind of day Brock Lesnar had on August 17, 2014 when he practically suplexed John Cena out of Staples Center at Summerslam. One month later, in the main event of Night of Champions, things didn't gell nearly as well as Brock was lucky to narrowly escape with his WWE World Heavyweight Championship intact.

Identical combatants, but completely different match. In this instance, I'd say neither wrestler was particularly fortunate and the result was a razor-thin margin of victory for Lesnar, but it could have easily gone either way.

This past Sunday in Madison Square Garden Big Show and Brock Lesnar fought, and Show had one of those charmed days. Lesnar, in a telling display of hubris, attempted a double leg takedown right out of the gate. This led to Lesnar being dumped out of the ring and absorbing multiple chokeslams.

Speaking of which, when did we stop calling them "Showstoppers?"

Anyway, absolutely everything went Show's way and he still ended up losing to Lesnar in a rout. Short of a congenital heart defect apparently felling Brock moments before he could step into the ring, this was Big Show's best case scenario and he lost... badly.

That's the difference between Big Show, at this point in his career, and fighters like John Cena, CM Punk, Triple H, and Undertaker. Given ideal conditions, all of those guys would have an excellent chance to beat Brock. Given average conditions, they could all at least hold their own. On his best day, Big Show simply cannot.

There's nothing wrong with being The Giant of the mid-card and there's certainly no shame in losing to Brock Lesnar, only one of the single biggest freaks in the history of sports. Given that Professional Wrestling is so rife with muddy results, it's actually refreshing to see a conclusion that is so clear cut.

It's been a wonderful career and The World's Largest Athlete is larger than ever, but this Show no longer warrants marquee status.

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wrankings

OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA

ANY WIN = 2 POINTS

US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT

WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS

NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X

SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS

WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS

The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 31 and culminates with WrestleMania 32. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!

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Monday Night Raw-- 10/5/15

  • John Cena - 3 points (US title bout, win)
  • Big E - 1 points (US title bout, no win)
  • Kevin Owens - 2 points (win)
  • Sheamus - 2 points (win)
  • Main Event-- 10/6/15

  • Kevin Owens - 2 points (win)
  • Smackdown-- 10/8/15

  • Ryback - 2 points (win)
  • Bad News Barrett - 2 points (win)
  • Big E - 2 points (win)
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    WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 28 *TOP TEN*

    1. Seth Rollins -- 80.5 points

    2. John Cena -- 67

    3. Ryback -- 60.5

    4. Neville -- 57

    5. Sheamus -- 41.5

    6. Dean Ambrose -- 40.5

    7. Randy Orton -- 39

    8. Kevin Owens -- 38

    9. Roman Reigns -- 37.5

    10. Bad News Barrett -- 35.5

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