On the final day of Brocksmas Matt Roth gave to me, Brock Lesnar and Big Show collapsing the ring.
It's the final day of Brocksmas, the professional wrestling career retrospective of Brock Lesnar. And I've saved the best moment for last. Brock Lesnar had captured the WWE heavyweight belt after defeating Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 19, even after the botched shooting star press which could have ended his career. Riding a wave of popularity, the WWE entered him into a program with their biggest superstar: The Big Show!
The Big Show is billed as 7 feet tall and 485 pounds making him the largest wrestler on the WWE's roster. Lesnar at his heaviest walked around at around 295 pounds. It truly was a case of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
On an episode of Smackdown, then the WWE's Thursday night programming, the Big Show and Lesnar met in the ring. In front of a sold out crowd at the TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando, Florida the two big men squared off for Lesnar's belt. What happened next absolutely no one expected, including the ring announcers who were as surprised as the crowd in attendance.
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The set up was for Big Show to finish Lesnar from the top rope. Lesnar hit a chop to escape and then climbed the ropes for a superplex. Considering the size of the two men it was a move that absolutely no one expected to ever see. When they finally landed on the mat, the combination of the force and momentum caused the ring to collapse. It was a true "HOLY SH*T!" moment.
The crowd's reaction as well as the reaction of Michael Cole and Taz were as genuine as you'll find in professional wrestling. The ring had never collapsed before which made this a truly unique and great moment. While the ring was likely gimmicked, it created enough suspension of belief that was possible that the combined weight and force of the two actually caused the ring to implode. I hope you've enjoyed this series and maybe you'll see it again sooner rather than never.