Jim Cornette Claims Brock Lesnar’s Explosive Style Of Matches Isn’t Working As Well As It Used To
Jim Cornette has criticsed the style of match worked by a modern-day Brock Lesnar, believing that they no longer work as well as they once did.
The 2022 WWE Crown Jewel premium live event began with Brock Lesnar battling Bobby Lashley in a rematch from the Royal Rumble this past January. There, it was Lashley who emerged victorious and, thus, the new WWE Champion but in Saudi Arabia, the tables were turned. ‘The Beast Incarnate’ reversed a Hurt Lock into a pinning predicament, getting his win back.
During the six-minute match, there was little room to breathe. As has become common with Brock Lesnar matches over the past decade, the pace was quick, with both men executing a plethora of signature offence. This included four Spears, three release German Suplexes, and an F5.
Jim Cornette, speaking on the latest Jim Cornette Experience podcast, heavily criticsed Brock Lesnar’s current style. Discussing the aforementioned contest vs. Bobby Lashley, Cornette claimed that this style of match only works when it’s not done as often as WWE has pushed it:
“So they [WWE] start out with Brock and Lashley. My God, what are we doing? And Lashley jumpstarts it because he’s the offended party from last time as I recall, and he hurts Brock’s leg to give Brock something to sell and it’s an all big move match. They’re just gonna, this is kind of like the [Paul] Heyman blueprint that he’s putting on these guys. 2 Spears and then a Spear through a barricade and another Spear, and then Brock comes back with a German and another German and another German and an F5 for a two count.
Nobody’s gonna grab a headlock, there’s gonna be no hip toss [or] arm drag. But with these guys, there shouldn’t be. Unfortunately, I think the bad thing is because this kind of match works, they’re overdoing it to the point where it’s eventually not going to work as well. It may be already there where it doesn’t work as well as it once did. But anyway, so again, you know, Bobby does his post thing where he runs the post while he’s over his shoulders. Goes for a Spear, Brock foils it, Bobby hits a Spinebuster, gets the Hurt Lock.
And the thing that Brock showed here in this match is that he can sell his a** off and he will when it’s called for. Because he was not only selling that leg like a champ earlier, but he sells the Hurt Lock. And it’s believable, you know, there was emotion to this.
And I’m thinking, ‘Boy, this is really, this is going good’, and then all of a sudden while he’s in the Full Nelson, the Hurt Lock, Brock kicks off the turnbuckle and they do the, was that Bruno [Sammartino] and [Stan] Stasiak? Or was that Pedro [Morales]? Who was that? One of the oldest f*cking finishes in the world when somebody needs to get a fluke when [they] kick off the turnbuckle, a guy’s got the Full Nelson, but he’s pinned 1, 2, 3.
But nevertheless that they were doing good and I was like in the match it is two big f*cking monsters and then all of a sudden [it’s over]. That was kind of a letdown, I wrote really?? with two question marks on my notes. I know they want to extend it and they can’t beat either one of these guys flat-out convincingly with no out or b*tch or room for gripe or whatever, but boy that wasn’t exactly a Pat Patterson f*cking special finish there. ‘Okay, just kick off the buckle and pin him’. That kind of led me down at the end.”
It was reported by WrestleVotes during an interview with GiveMeSport’s Louis Dangoor that WWE had originally planned for the rubber match between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley to be held at Day 1 in 2023. With that event reportedly cancelled, though, it remains unknown when the feud will conclude.