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August 25, 2002

Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman vs. The Rock for the Undisputed WWE Championship

Brock Lesnar seemed like a man possessed. He had burst on to the scene unlike almost any other WWE Superstar ever had. He buzzed through the King of the Ring Tournament, defeating Rob Van Dam in the finals. Few Superstars had ever been able to combine such immense power and strength with uncanny agility and athleticism. But Brock Lesnar had never faced The Rock -- until SummerSlam in 2002 that is.

The Rock was one of the most popular Superstars in WWE at the time, but the crowd couldn't help but get behind such a unique and unstoppable force as Brock Lesnar. Lesnar dominated early on with a series of power moves, while also working on The Rock's ribs. The Rock stuck it out, and found an opening locking in the Sharpshooter. The Rock became fed up with Paul Heyman's antics, however, and with his attention diverted, Lesnar was back in the driver's seat.

The Rock was able to land a low-blow and go on the offensive. After sending Heyman through a table, The Rock threw Lesnar into the ring post. Rock then rolled him back in the ring and hit the Rock Bottom, but it wasn't enough to put away The Next Big Thing. The Rock hit a Spinebuster, but Lesnar popped right up and almost decapitated The Rock with a clothesline. Brock then hit the F-5 and put Rock away to win his first WWE Championship.

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