WWE Universal Championship: Goldberg © v Brock Lesnar

After being humiliated by Goldberg at Survivor Series, Brock Lesnar looks to make it third time lucky against Goldberg and leave WrestleMania 33 as the new WWE Universal Champion.

This won’t be the first time that Goldberg and the Beast have met on the grandest stage, with Goldberg spearing his way to victory against Lesnar in a disastrous encounter at WrestleMania XX 13 years ago.

Brock Lesnar looks to make it third time lucky against Goldberg
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Three years ago, Lesnar would do the unthinkable when he ended The Undertaker’s iconic undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX and sent shock waves throughout the WWE Universe.

This sparked a dominant run by the Beast over the next few years, including destroying John Cena in the main event of SummerSlam 2014 to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Despite losing the title at WrestleMania 31 when Seth Rollins cashed in Money in the Bank during his main event against Roman Reigns and pinned Reigns to win the title, Lesnar would continue to bring any opponent to Suplex City.

His quest to reclaim the gold was thwarted by The Undertaker at Battleground 2015 when the Beast faced Seth Rollins, as the Deadman looked for revenge against Lesnar for breaking his WrestleMania streak.

After a controversial finish to their SummerSlam encounter, the two heavyweights would settle the score inside Hell in a Cell and Lesnar would continue to have the Deadman’s number with a win over Undertaker at Hell in a Cell 2015.

Lesnar would continue to run through his opponents by defeating Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 and destroyed Randy Orton at last year’s SummerSlam, but Lesnar would soon meet his match against an old rival.

On the 10 October episode of Raw, Paul Heyman issued a challenge on behalf of his client to take on a man who the Beast has never defeated in the form of Goldberg, in a bid for the Beast to finally destroy the WCW Legend.

A week later, Goldberg returned to Raw for the first time in over 12 years to an amazing reception from the WWE Universe and said he has one last spear and jackhammer reserved for Lesnar and accepted the challenge for a fight at Survivor Series.


Goldberg stunned the world at Survivor Series as two spears and a jackhammer saw him conquer the conqueror after just 85 seconds, handing Lesnar his first pinfall loss in the WWE in over three years.

On a back of a stunning victory, Goldberg asked himself the question if he had one more title run left in him and set his sights on the Royal Rumble match in a bid to headline WrestleMania.

In response to Goldberg’s announcement, Lesnar followed Goldberg by throwing his name into the Royal Rumble match in a bid to score some revenge on Goldberg for his embarrassing Survivor Series defeat.

However Lesnar’s plans were scuppered as Goldberg once again had Lesnar’s number and tossed him out of the Royal Rumble, to make it 3-0 against the former UFC heavyweight champion.

Clearly not phased by yet another moment to forget against Goldberg, Lesnar and his manager Paul Heyman headed to Raw the very next night on Raw to issue the challenge to Goldberg for one final match at the showcase of immortals.

Goldberg accepted the challenge but he also found himself booked in a Universal Championship match with Kevin Owens at FastLane in a bid to stay true to his words and have one last title reign.

The former world heavyweight champion fulfilled his promise and defeated Kevin Owens at FastLane with a spear and the jackhammer in just 22 seconds to become the new Universal Champion.

Now Goldberg and Lesnar’s showdown at WrestleMania had the extra incentive of the Universal title being up for grabs and 24 hours afer Fastlane, Lesnar came to Raw to confront the new Universal Champion.

Paul Heyman proclaimed Lesnar is just as happy as Goldberg is at having won the gold and predicts there will be another new champion crowned in Orlando. Lesnar showed just how fired up he is by hitting Goldberg with the F5.

Three weeks before WrestleMania, Lesnar and Heyman headed to the 13 March edition of Raw full of confidence after taking out Goldberg the week before and Heyman claimed that was just a fraction of what will happen at WrestleMania.


On the final Raw before their Universal Championship match, Paul Heyman warned Goldberg that he is going to Suplex City and that Lesnar has his eyes set firmly on becoming champion once again on the grandest stage.

The champion would come out to confront Lesnar and gave us a preview of whats to come in Orlando by spearing the Beast, just six days before their WrestleMania showdown.

Prediction

I had no problems with Brock Lesnar looking to finally score a win over Goldeberg at WrestleMania and while I do expect the Beast will come out on top, I don’t want this to be the main event.

It was a big mistake putting the Universal Championship on Goldberg at Fastlane, because I feel having two part-timers face off against each other for the main prize on Raw is a slap in the face to everyone who works their asses off all year round.

Nevertheless, this is what we have got and after a number of squash victories for Goldberg since returning at Survivor Series, I hope it goes a little bit longer than two minutes. It is possible that Goldberg’s entrance will go on way longer than the actual match.

However I cannot see it going any longer than ten minutes, as I expect a fired up Lesnar will destroy Goldberg from start to finish introducing him to a world of pain in suplex city and walk out the new Universal Champion.

It should be Goldberg’s last match because there is no way he can come back from a crushing defeat to Lesnar. The Beast will once again be back on top and while I hope this does not happen, he could hold onto the strap until WrestleMania 34.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

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