By King of the Ring 2002, it was patent that the WWE/Vince had chosen Brock as their next top guy, considering how he was booked in the first four months since his advent and considering the departure of The Rock and Austin, followed by his KOTR victory. He was the next big thing- the first of his kind the wrestling world had ever seen- ferocious, agile, proportionate, muscular, substantial, and with an athletic/amateur background shared and rivalled by none in the wrestling world besides Kurt Angle. All they needed was to lend him a little legitimacy and credibility(insofar as legitimacy and credibility are capable of existing in FAKE wrestling), and that he was indeed the next big thing and their next guy. Hulk Hogan was thus used. The Rock lost cleanly at Summerslam, and it was official, Brock Lesnar was the real deal. This was followed by further legitimization when he defeated The Undertaker inside Hell In A Cell, cleanly and decisively. That's how you create stars. Imagine instead, hypothetically, that there was only one world title and HHH doesn't want to let go of the championship and that Brock spent 2002 fighting Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero for the US championship, before winning the Rumble in 2003 or later. That is exactly how the WWE screw up performers today. Obviously, nobody really, practicably can claim the traits, size, experience, or sheer potential of a Brock Lesnar. It's never really going to happen. IMO, the closest thing we got is KO, whom I didn't even know of, besides having read Mark Madden's eulogy as to how talented he was, but fat, and thus how he would suck in the WWE(this was 2 years ago, when Steen worked for ROH). And even KO has just this one major defect(which isn't even a defect in my eyes)- that he's chubby, fat, or basically NON-MUSCULAR. That's it. But apart from that, I see sheer talent and even compensation for not being as muscular as Brock in his having such a fabulous personality/charisma/microphone talent. Now, the sole point I want to make in this thread is how he could've been the next big thing by now, if and only if this had happened:- Legitimization by way of KO winning the feud/US championship at Battleground(a match he lost to Cena and thus making it Cena 2- Owens 1), defeating Randy Orton or some other established star at Summerslam, as well as being the gladiator who destroyed dozens and dozens of small/midcard wrestlers. Had this happened, I can totally vision him winning the Royal Rumble and/or WWE WHC, and thus officially becoming the "next big thing". Hell, they can push Roman fucking Reigns all they want, but Roman Reigns doesn't have "it". Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar sucked back then, and it will suck if it happens again. In fact, since the defeat of John Cena, KO was the only next best thing who could've "been the one" to dethrone Lesnar. We all know how KO is chasing the IC title now. I have no problem with KO being a defending-reigning IC/US champion or challenger. I just think the WWE has failed to utilize this opportunity as a result of which they WILL suffer come Wrestlemania 32, one way or another. Kevin Owens and Brock Lesnar for the WWE WHC was THE MATCH, period. Of course, it may or may not happen now, in 2020 or something. It has been numerously referred as the Era of Midcard guys/50-50 booking. But when John Cena has to be the one who wins all the final matches, or 2-3 matches out of 4 instead of Rusev or KO, there are no legitimate, credible, undisputed stars. None besides Brock Lesnar anyway. And they should appropriately call it 75-25 booking in Cena's case. I damn near made up my mind yesterday that I would quit the WWE/Wrestling, since it seems pointless to me. I like Cesaro. Cesaro won the Battle Royal at WM 30 and he did nothing remotely prominent afterwards. Rusev lost his first major feud to John Cena. And now instead of a fearsome warrior and a champion, we have a big scary-looking intimidatingly strong guy being mocked by Chris Jericho the goofball. I liked Damien Sandow. Damien Sandow doesn't even exist anymore. I like Kevin Owens and I'm damn sure they'll take another few years to allow him to fulfill his potential and be champion, like CM Punk did/was. And they already ruined any chance at his legitimization and further elevation when he lost the feud to John Cena anyway. All we have is a bunch of mid-carders and "potential" stars in Bray Wyatt, Rusev, and the most brilliant of them all- Kevin Steen. And don't even get me started on Bray Wyatt and his tragic trajectory since debuting 2 years ago! But hey, Wrestlemania sells like Mcdonalds Hamburgers. They can always rely on The Rock, Sting, The Undertaker, so who needs legitimate stars. And hell, Roman Reigns is still around.