Who has the edge? WWE Superstars and Legends predict The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Want to know how a war is going to end? Ask the soldiers who have been through the battles. To determine possible outcomes to the impending clash between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker at SummerSlam, WWE.com spoke with Superstars who have been in the ring with the behemoths, including Edge and Tazz, as well as upstarts who have studied their strategies like Kevin Owens and Cesaro. See who these warriors think will survive the summer's biggest conflict, presented by Edge®.
WWE.COM: Who do you think will win the match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker at SummerSlam?
EDGE: [long pause] I guess my indecision is a good thing. [longer pause] I’ll pick Undertaker because of what happened at WrestleMania.
WWE.COM: If The Deadman wins, do you want to see a third match at WrestleMania 32?
EDGE: No. If Undertaker beats Brock on Sunday, he should move on. The fewer matches with Brock Lesnar that anyone has, the better off they are.
WWE.COM: You’ve been in the ring with both men. Who do you see as the better striker?
EDGE: Undertaker. He’s the best striker ever. Period. Every time he winds up to punch you, you wince even before he connects. The punch has an effect on you before it even lands.
WWE.COM: If this fight took place in a bar instead of a ring, who do you see coming out on top?
EDGE: That’s the toughest question yet. I think a bully like Brock Lesnar, at some point, gets hit so many times that he doesn’t want to go anymore. Plus, Undertaker would fight dirty. We’ve seen him kick Lesnar low, but he wouldn’t hesitate to gouge out an eye or bite something off. I think Brock would lose the will to fight at that point.
WWE.COM: Do you have a favorite going into SummerSlam?
CHRIS JERICHO: The Undertaker. I love the fact that he came back the way he did and demolished Brock in his home city, knowing the fans would react unfavorably. It’s a great sign that The Undertaker, for the first time in three or four years, is having more than one match. It tells me that he’s feeling good and in good shape and in good health. When Undertaker is healthy you’d be hard pressed to find a better performer in the history of WWE.
WWE.COM: Would the outcome be any different if they rumbled in a bar instead of a ring?
JERICHO: I wouldn’t want to go toe to toe with Undertaker ever. Undertaker is a tough son of a b****, man. Nothing against Brock Lesnar, because he’s a beast, but I wouldn’t bet money against Undertaker in any type of street fight.
WWE.COM: What makes him so dangerous?
JERICHO: Here’s the thing, Undertaker has so many moves in his arsenal. He’s got the gogoplata and the chokeslam as well and The Last Ride. That’s one thing that’s great about being in the ring with The Undertaker is there are so many things he can do, which makes for such great matches.
WWE.COM: Do you think The Undertaker is better with his hands than Brock?
JERICHO: Well, Brock Lesnar was UFC Champion. It’d be like having Mike Tyson come into WWE and asking, ‘Who’s a better puncher?’ Like I said, I wouldn’t want to go toe to toe with Undertaker in any circumstance, but I think Brock is probably a better striker.
WWE.COM: If Undertaker wins, do you want to see a third match at WrestleMania 32?
JERICHO: Of course. I think you’re going to see the rematch at WrestleMania and it’s going to be the biggest of the three. The first one was huge, this one is bigger and I think the third one will be even bigger. Will Undertaker go 22-2? Who knows? We’ll find out.
WWE.COM: Back when you were on commentary for SmackDown, you often called Undertaker the best pure striker in sports-entertainment. Do you think he can outstrike Brock?
TAZZ: The Undertaker is definitely the better striker. They are both very well-versed with their hands, but I have to give the edge to Undertaker. I’ve been in the ring with him. His hands are like lightning. He’s deceivingly quick for a man as big as he is, and he works very hard on his striking.
WWE.COM: When it comes to finishing maneuvers is Undertaker’s Tombstone more dangerous than the F5?
TAZZ: I have a fear of piledrivers, because of my neck being broken by one. Any piledriver is in the high danger, red alert category. Even though Brock is so powerful and creates such torque with his hips and shoulders and spins you and the landing is nasty, I have to give the nod to the Tombstone as the more dangerous move.
WWE.COM: Who do you think has more to prove at SummerSlam?
TAZZ: I definitely think that The Undertaker has more to prove. He owes Brock a big receipt for the WrestleMania loss. Undertaker wants revenge and has more to gain by winning the match. He’s got something to prove. I’m not sure if Undertaker is concerned with winning the match. His goal may be just to physically destroy Lesnar and put him down.
WWE.COM: Do you think The Deadman can earn that retribution?
TAZZ: I think that Brock Lesnar will win the match with the F5. It’s going to be a battle for the ages, but I do think that Brock will win the match.
WWE.COM: Who do you see taking this match at SummerSlam?
KEVIN OWENS: I’ve been a fan of both for years, but I think I have to give the edge to Brock Lesnar.
WWE.COM: Would the outcome be any different if it was a bar fight? Who do you see winning that?
OWENS: I don’t think there’d be many winners. The owners of the bar would be the biggest losers. That’s for sure.
WWE.COM: Say The Undertaker wins at SummerSlam, would you want to see a third match at WrestleMania 32?
OWENS: Yeah, if Undertaker wins, there’s no choice. You got to have a rubber match. But I think if Brock wins, a third match needs to happen even more, because how’s Undertaker going to live that down? Two losses? One’s bad enough. Imagine two.
WWE.COM: So The Undertaker has more to prove at SummerSlam?
OWENS: Obviously, Undertaker has more to prove, because he couldn’t beat Brock at WrestleMania. I think Undertaker has a lot to prove — especially to himself
WWE.COM: Which finishing maneuver is more painful to be on the receiving end of, the Tombstone or the F5?
TOMMY DREAMER: Well, I’ve been beaten by both of them. [laughs] I have to say the Tombstone because of the damage that it does to your neck and spine.
WWE.COM: How about from a submission standpoint? The Hell’s Gate or Kimura?
DREAMER: Hell’s Gate. People don’t realize that Undertaker has trained in MMA. He’s well prepared to exchange submission holds with Lesnar.
WWE.COM: Who has more to prove in this match?
DREAMER: The Undertaker. He was embarrassed by having his Streak broken — which was bigger than WrestleMania itself — on The Grandest Stage of Them All. He’s had more aggression since coming back. He’s almost the “Attitude Era” Undertaker. He’s hell-bent on Brock’s destruction.
WWE.COM: So who do you think will win at SummerSlam?
DREAMER: This is the hardest prediction I’ve ever had to make as a lifelong fan and as a Superstar. I have to go with Undertaker. He’s back with a vengeance and he wants revenge.
WWE.COM: Do you want to see Lesnar vs. Undertaker III at WrestleMania 32 if The Deadman wins?
DREAMER: I would rather see Undertaker win the Royal Rumble Match and challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in one last WrestleMania main event with the stipulation that if he doesn’t win the title, he has to retire. If Lesnar is the champion at WrestleMania, then the match would be Brock vs. Undertaker.
WWE.COM: Do you think The Undertaker can beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam?
KOFI KINGSTON: This is a question that if you asked two or three years ago, I would have said without a doubt. But Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker and eliminated The Streak, which nobody on this planet thought would ever happen. I know the strength Brock Lesnar possesses. I’ve been in there with him and if anybody can beat The Undertaker it’s got to be Brock Lesnar.
WWE.COM: Do you think Undertaker is more dangerous on the ground with his Hell’s Gate hold or is the Kimura Lock more lethal?
KINGSTON: Hells Gate is a choke out. At least with the choke out you’re out, you don’t feel the pain. With the Kimura Lock, your arm is being broken and there’s nothing you can do about it. Anybody who has ever broken a bone and had to be awake to feel the pain knows how painful that is.
WWE.COM: Is Undertaker’s standup game better than Brock’s?
KINGSTON: I think Brock is a little bit quicker, to be honest, and probably has a more powerful strike. Nobody wants to get hit by Brock Lesnar.
WWE.COM: Regardless of what happens on Sunday, do you want to see Undertaker vs. Brock III at WrestleMania 32?
KINGSTON: Let’s get through Undertaker vs. Brock II before we figure out Undertaker vs. Brock III. It took the entire WWE roster and the police to break them up, so let’s get through that before we think about WrestleMania. I’m not saying who cares, but it’s all about SummerSlam right now.
WWE.COM: Who do you think is the better striker between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker?
CESARO: Brock Lesnar. He’s a former UFC World Heavyweight Champion.
WWE.COM: Do you think Brock’s Kimura Lock is more dangerous than Undertaker’s Hell’s Gate?
CESARO: Kimura Lock is more devastating than Hell’s Gate. The Kimura Lock has broken a lot of arms.
WWE.COM: What if this was a bar fight instead of a WWE match? Who would win?
CESARO: Brock Lesnar would win — unless Undertaker could sneak up behind him. Lights go out in the bar, lights come back, Undertaker is behind Brock Lesnar and beats him up, which would be pretty sweet actually.
WWE.COM: Who do you think will win at SummerSlam?
CESARO: I think the WWE Universe will win.