Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in April 2012, facing John Cena in the first match of his second run.
To the surprise of many, Cena defeated Brock in the main event of Extreme Rules, with many expecting ‘The Beast’ to win in his comeback match.
However, the former WWE Champion was closer to ending up worse than Lesnar rather than just taking the loss with his neck broken.
Brock Lesnar’s 2012 WWE Return
After leaving the WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL, before transitioning to the UFC, Lesnar returned to Raw after WrestleMania in April 2012.
Instantly reasserting himself as WWE’s top star, Brock entered into a feud with Cena right out of the gate, only to be defeated by John The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII.
The match was brutal in so many ways, the result of the clash was a tough pill to swallow for fans, with Cena’s decision to win, ten years later, still drawing criticism from WWE fans.
However, as noted earlier in the piece, Brock was very lucky that the night didn’t end significantly worse for him.
VIDEO: Brock Lesnar breaks his neck during his WWE return match
I was re-watching Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena 2012 but damn Brock’s fall was painful 😲 … almost broke his neck
— 🌸 Shreya (@shrexoxo) September 18, 2022
As you can see from the clip above, Brock can count himself incredibly lucky not to suffer a broken neck or at least a serious bad injury at Extreme Rules 2012.
In a brutal fall, Brock launched himself as Cena, standing on the ring apron.
Not realizing how fast and strong he was, Brock flipped over the ropes and fell to the outside of the ring, barely narrowly missing his head landing on the floor.
Brock didn’t suffer a serious injury during the match, which was incredibly fortunate considering how nasty his fall on the outside could have been.
Although his 2012 return started in rough fashion, it didn’t take long for Brock to get things back on track.
In the ten years since, when it comes to WWE’s booking, Brock has become the most protected star of anyone on the roster.
Since losing to Cena in 2012 in his first WWE match since 2004, Lesnar has main evented WrestleMania several times and has held multiple world titles, one of which he also dethroned Cena in 2014.
For now, Brock is still an active member of the WWE roster and is believed to return at some point towards the end of 2022, leading to a match at WWE Day 1 on January 1, 2023.