Shawn Michaels is often referred to as Mr. WrestleMania, even though The Undertaker, John Cena, Hulk Hogan and others could reasonably lay claim to that crown because of their own performances at The Showcase of the Immortals.

But what about Mr. SummerSlam? Brock Lesnar certainly hasn't had the most appearances at The Biggest Party Of The Summer, not does he have an Undertaker-like winning streak... and yet he may have ample reason to call himself that.

The following is an analysis in several key categories.

Number of Appearances

Brock Lesnar has appeared at SummerSlam 10 times between 2002 and 2019. While that isn't bad, there are nine other competitors who have been more frequent, including Bret Hart, Triple H and Kane. There was also roughly a decade in between appearances for The Beast Incarnate, matching his absence from WWE.

Quality Of Opponents

Here's one area where Brock Lesnar excels. Of the 11 different opponents he's faced at SummerSlam, all but one of them (Samoa Joe) are former World Champions in WWE, many of them multiple times over. And with the exception of Roman Reigns, he only faced each of those opponents once at the event, demonstrating a tremendous diversity of competition.

Win-Loss Record

Brock Lesnar is 6 and 4 at SummerSlam. Again, not bad, but The Undertaker, Edge, Hulk Hogan and a handful of other competitors have the Mayor of Suplex City beat from a track record point of view.

Main Events

Of Brock Lesnar's 10 SummerSlam appearances, eight of those were in the main event slot (for our purposes, the very last scheduled match on the show). Only his bouts with Kurt Angle and CM Punk, while main-event caliber, didn't go on last.

 

That's a better success rate than John Cena, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and many other perennial main-eventers. It also reinforces that The Beast Incarnate is a special attraction and his appearances are saved for really important moments in the company's history.

Title Matches

Six of Brock Lesnar's 10 SummerSlam matches were for one of WWE's top championships; a very impressive stat to demonstrate he's usually chasing or defending the gold at The Biggest Party of the Summer. He also captured the championship at the event from The Rock in 2002 and John Cena in 2014.

Overall Analysis

Through the 30-plus year history of SummerSlam, no one competitor has been consistently dominant as Brock Lesnar, especially when there's a big match or title situation. His performance in the past eight SummerSlams shows in particular that while Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania, there's a strong argument to make him Mr. SummerSlam.

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