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The Rock Reflects On His Historic SummerSlam Match With Brock Lesnar 20 Years Ago

Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Aug 27, 2022

The Rock Reflects On His Historic SummerSlam Match With Brock Lesnar 20 Years Ago

20 years ago, WWE hosted one of its most memorable SummerSlam events in 2002. In the main event of the epic summer pay-per-view, Brock Lesnar would defeat The Rock to become WWE Champion, the only time they ever wrestled.

The Rock recently took to Instagram to reflect on the memorable match, calling it a historic night and solidified Lesnar as one of the top guys in WWE. He added Lesnar is one of the greatest pure athletes of all time.

Watch the match in full below.

"20 years ago this week, we made history in New York and pro wrestling was never the same again.

The Rock vs Brock Lesnar

I always had great chemistry with Brock as he was one of the greatest pure athletes I’ve ever danced with.

We spent about 6 months wrestling around the world together, grooming Brock to become @WWE Heavyweight Champion.

It culminated to this historic SUMMER SLAM PPV where the crowd was absolutely electric.

Historic for two reasons:

#1) In wrestling terms, I “did the honors” of having Brock beat me right in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3.
Brock is new champion.
Brock is new face of WWE.

#2) My contract was up in WWE and I quietly – and GRATEFULLY – retired as a full time pro wrestler after an incredible (and insanely short) 6 year career.

It’s so wildly incomprehensible at times when I think back – that I only wrestled for 6 YEARS.

How crazy is that irony?


What a journey.


* grace note *

I did return to wrestling from 2011 to 2013 as it was my way of giving back to the business that was so good to me + I just f’n love wrestling."

Tags: #wwe #the rock #summerslam #brock lesnar

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