Brock Lesnar’s defeat at WWE Backlash 2023 marked the end of an incredible record that spanned several years. The Beast Incarnate was about to win in Puerto Rico despite losing a lot of blood during the match, but Cody Rhodes reversed the Kimura Lock into a pinfall attempt.

The American Nightmare handed Lesnar his first clean loss in 2023, achieving an incredible feat in his first singles match with the 10-time world champion and breaking a seven-year record based on the three-count.

Prior to Cody Rhodes’ victory at Backlash 2023, Brock Lesnar had a seven-year streak of no pinfall losses in non-title matches. His most recent defeat was at the 2016 Survivor Series versus Goldberg. The one-minute and 25-second squash battle led to a clash at WrestleMania 33, where Goldberg dethroned Brock for the Universal Championship.

Lesnar has consistently been in world championship matches in his wrestling career. His feuds with Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman for the Universal Title made up most of the showdowns after his stunning loss to Goldberg. Prior to his defeat against Da Man, he lost to The Undertaker at SummerSlam 2015 via the referee’s decision.


Brock Lesnar participated in classic Survivor Series Champion vs. Champion matches in 2017 and 2018, winning both. Interestingly, these were his only non-title matches leading up to 2022. This year, before WWE Backlash, he only lost to Bobby Lashley at the Elimination Chamber event, although it was via disqualification.

The match between Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes at WWE Backlash 2023 was highly anticipated, as it was the first singles match between the two wrestling superstars. Despite Lesnar’s dominant history in the WWE, Rhodes proved to be a worthy opponent and managed to secure the victory with a pinfall attempt.

The defeat marked a significant milestone for Lesnar, who had not suffered a pinfall loss in a non-title match for seven years. His last such loss was against Goldberg at the 2016 Survivor Series. Lesnar’s record had been based on the three-count, and Rhodes’ victory was a clean pinfall, adding to the significance of the achievement.

The defeat at WWE Backlash 2023 marks a significant moment in Brock Lesnar’s career, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to the loss in the coming months.

What do you think will be the impact of Brock Lesnar’s defeat to Cody Rhodes at WWE Backlash 2023? Leave a comment.

Steve Carrier

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