Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Henry - WWE SmackDown! 1/8/02 - 4

This is a great example of a short match done right. Explosive, tells a story, gets over the impressively freaky strength of Lesnar, and more. I really like Lesnar's jumping around in-between spots, gets over his athletic background, as though he's just warming up for more. Brock ramming his shoulder into Henry in the corner is frighteningly explosive -- WWE needs this type of unpredictable intensity in a performer today. Henry's vertical suplex is a thing of beauty, and subsequently, Lesnar's sell of it is tremendous, arching up in terror, as though he just awoke from a nightmare where Frank Mir had Sable in a leg lock... nude. Henry does the old fashioned neck hang, hasn't looked that good since I'd do it as Luger to Eddie Gilbert on WCW Wrestling for the NES. Craziest spot in the match was an overhead belly-to-belly suplex by Brock. Lesnar scores the win with the F-5, overall, a great bit of story contextualization, getting over Lesnar's strength in contrast to Henry's work in that field.

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