Brock Lesnar made his WWE debut the night after WrestleMania 18 and just a year later he won the World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 19.
Incredibly, this victory was his second World Title win after having already beaten Dwayne Johnson at SummerSlam to become the youngest champion in history. The Beast held the title until Survivor Series when he was defeated by the Big Show, with Paul Heyman turning on him in the process. This set into motion the storyline which saw Lesnar win the Royal Rumble and choose to challenge Kurt Angle, who had earlier defeated Big Show, for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle Recalls Brock Lesnar’s Insane Shooting Star Press
While the match was an incredibly intense affair between two of the very best that WWE had to offer at the time, it will always be remembered for Brock Lesnar botching a Shooting Star Press. With the match rattling towards a conclusion, Lesnar launched himself from the top rope, but didn’t get the rotation required and landed on his head.
While Lesnar sustained a concussion, incredibly he didn’t sustain any other damage. Speaking on his podcast, The Kurt Angle Show, Kurt Angle said that the match was almost one of the greatest matches of all-time.
“Besides the actual finish, that match was pretty damn close to being one of the greatest matches of all time. I mean, besides the issue that Brock actually missed the Shooting Star Press and landed on his head, you know, almost broke his neck. But, at the same time, that was such an incredible WrestleMania moment that people remember that forever. So that spot right there in WrestleMania 19 actually made the match better because people remember it.”
Brock Lesnar held the WWE Championship until Vengeance in July, when he lost out to Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match that also featured the Big Show.
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