‘Free Agent’ Brock Lesnar Is Just One Match Away From Breaking a 21-Year-Old Drought

Published 06/06/2023, 11:15 AM EDT

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Brock Lesnar has had a long career in pro wrestling. He, however, gained worldwide fame with his first stint in the WWE. Lesnar was in his early 20s when he made his pro wrestling debut. On March 18, 2002, he made his first appearance for the Stamford-based promotion on an episode of RAW. Since then, he has gone on to fight in several matches, capturing almost all the big titles in the promotion.

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However, even with so many accolades to his name, The Beast Incarnate is yet to be a part of one particular match. Let’s find out.

20 years and counting: Will Brock Lesnar do it this year?

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Lesnar, one of the famed OVW 4, was the youngest WWE champion at 25 years of age. He took just 126 days from his debut to accomplish the feat, the second fastest in the history of the promotion. During his initial phase, young Brock Lesnar mostly appeared on RAW. However, he is yet to have a match on the flagship show in nearly 21 years.

According to a tweet by Wrestling Stats & Info, the 45-year-old last had a match on RAW 20 years 10 months and 14 days ago. This match took place against former WWE superstar Tommy Dreamer. Lesnar won the match on July 22, 2002. It is incredible that the icon hasn’t had an official match in RAW for over two decades.

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Meanwhile, he is on the cusp of ending the drought as his current run in the company is that of a ‘free agent’. This allows the former Universal Champion to appear on any brand- RAW and SmackDown.

But will Lesnar be able to have a match this year on RAW? Fans would be hoping for it. He, however, came close to having a match on RAW earlier this year.

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Just after WrestleMania 39, Lesnar appeared on RAW after ‘Mania, surprising Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, and The Bloodline’s Wise Man Paul Heyman. Just hours before that, he squashed Nigerian Giant Omos in less than five minutes at the SoFi Stadium. And with Bobby Lashley out of sight, Lesnar had no feuds left. So, he decided to start a new one- by brutally backstabbing Cody Rhodes during their proposed tag team match.

Well, this could have been the RAW match that he hasn’t had in two decades, but the 45-year-old chose to turn heel and attack Rhodes before the bell was sounded. As Reigns and the others cleared the ring, an irate Lesnar pummeled The American Nightmare as the spectators watched on in horror.

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Last year, he again was on the verge of having a match on RAW after he lost his WWE Championship to Bobby Lashley after Roman Reigns’ interference, but it didn’t materialize. So, what do you think about Brock Lesnar’s drought? Let us know in the comments.

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Sudipto Maity

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Sudipto is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a PG degree in Mass Communication. Being an experienced journalist, Sudipto has interviewed WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus and hopes to add some more names to that list.
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