Brock Lesnar will fight Goldberg at WrestleMania this Sunday just over 15 years after he made his debut with the WWE.
Lesnar’s debut with the WWE, which was at that point the WWF, took place on March 18th, 2002. At the time, Lesnar was 24 years old, and his debut was about two years after he signed a contract with the company and was sent to their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling.
On Monday Night Raw that evening, Lesnar made his debut as a heel character, attacking Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley.
Lesnar during the segment was accompanied to the ring by Paul Heyman, who stood at ringside and shouted instructions and encouragement to Lesnar. After Lesnar took out Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley, Paul Heyman entered the ring and held Lesnar’s hand up in victory.
In subsequent weeks, we would find out more about Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman’s client to whom Heyman had given the nickname “The Next Big Thing.” Lesnar’s first real feud was with The Hardy Boyz.
About a year and a half later, Lesnar would go on to defeat The Rock to become WWE Undisputed Champion at the age of 25; he became the youngest person to hold the WWE championship.
To this day, Brock Lesnar’s debut is still considered to be one of the most memorable in WWE history.
Brock Lesnar first met Goldberg in the ring at Royal Rumble 2004, during which Brock Lesnar went after Goldberg with an F5. At the next pay-per-view event, No Way Out, Goldberg would attack Brock Lesnar during Lesnar’s match against Eddie Guerrero.
This all lead up to WrestleMania 20, at which Brock Lesnar and Goldberg met in the ring and with Goldberg emerging victorious. Goldberg left the WWE after WrestleMania 20, and so as Paul Heyman recently stated on Monday Night Raw, Goldberg is the only person who has ever defeated Brock Lesnar without himself ever being defeated by Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar and Goldberg will meet, presumably for the final time, at WrestleMania 33 on April 2nd.