Seth Rollins Recalls How The Undertaker Cost Him a Special Match With Brock Lesnar at WWE Battleground 2015

Published 09/30/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


Seth Rollins sat down with Stone Cold Steve Austin on Broken Skull Sessions, and during his conversation, a time from 2015 came up where Brock Lesnar broke Rollins’ heart.

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The Drip God remembered the first time he was in the ring for a singles match, and it was against Brock Lesnar at Battleground 2015. However, at the last minute, The Beast earned the knowledge that The Undertaker would come back.

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At that point, Lesnar refused to do anything major in the ring with Rollins since he knew everyone would just remember The Deadman returning to confront him about the WrestleMania 30 loss. Therefore, he declared that it would be a normal match, and the rest will happen at SummerSlam.

“But [Brock Lesnar] was like, ‘They’re gonna remember me and Taker going off, so why do you wanna do all this crap? No one’s gonna care. Just tell a simple story, we’ll get to the end, and we’ll do the business with Taker at SummerSlam. Sorry, but that’s how it is.”

This broke Seth Rollins’ heart, and he felt Lesnar did not want to work with young talent. It was later when he understood what embracing the vision meant!

“I remember being heartbroken. I remember being like, ‘Man, why is this guy like this? He doesn’t wanna work with younger talent? What is this bullcrap?’ But I didn’t get it, man. I didn’t see the bigger picture.” H/t Broken Skull Sessions

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The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar created a historic match at WrestleMania 31

At WrestleMania 30, The Beast broke The Deadman’s WrestleMania victory streak. A few months later Lesnar became the World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Cena but lost the same title to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 31.

It was this rematch which took place at WWE Battleground 2015, but right when Lesnar was about to win, Taker showed up.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker battle it out at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Lesnar challenged Taker to another match at SummerSlam 2015. In this match, it was The Beast who essentially won.

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It so happened that Lesnar put The Deadman in the Kimura Lock and Taker tapped out. The timekeeper even rang the bell, and Lesnar released the hold thinking he won the match. But, the referee did not see this and signalled the match to be continued.

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The Phenom took advantage of his moment and overpowered The Beast with a lowblow and secured the win after Lesnar passed out because of being in the Hell’s Gate lock.

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It was the ending of this match which ensured it earns a place in WWE history as one of the most controversial matches ever! Even to this day fans believe it was Lesnar who won the match, but Taker got the official victory because of the referee.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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