27-time WWE Hardcore Champion Raven has queried a picture he had been sent of a match with Brock Lesnar that he is sure never happened.
Raven was part of the WWE roster from 2000-2003, which means he and Lesnar could certainly have crossed paths as the ‘Conquerer’ debuted on WWE TV in March 2002, although he had also wrestled in dark matches prior to this. However, the ECW icon claimed on Twitter that he had no recollection of ever being in the ring with Lesnar. He said he was “99.99% sure” that the photograph, showing Raven being rocked by a punch from the future multi-time champion, was either a run-in he didn’t recall, or it was photoshopped.
“I have no recollection of ever being in the ring with Brock Lesnar. I’m 99.99% positive I never had a match with him, ergo, this must be a run-in or photoshop or ? The person who had me sign this for him said his friend took it at a house show Can anyone fill in some details…?”
In response to his query, some of Raven’s Twitter flock filled him in on the details, with one fan sending a screenshot from the internet’s wrestling database, cagematch.net, showing that the two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion had indeed wrestled the ‘Beast Incarnate’ not once, but twice, at live events in January 2002. Worse still, according to the website, he had lost both matches to the man who at the time was ‘The Next Big Thing’.
— lilwolf2005 (@lilwolf2005) September 24, 2021
Raven made his name during his time in ECW where he portrayed a grunge-themed character. He had a lengthy feud with Tommy Dreamer that is fondly remembered by ECW fans. He also had a lengthy run in IMPACT Wrestling, then known as TNA, from 2003-2010, during which he captured the NWA Championship.