When WrestleMania 28 ended, there was concern among WWE fans about where John Cena would go having lost to The Rock, like he was somehow going to be put in a second position. Now that we know, it couldn't have been a more appropriate follow-up.
Instead of going back to one of the hundreds of other opponents that Cena has already destroyed over the years and settling for the usual post-WrestleMania lull that usually strikes the creative team, Vince McMahon opted for the biggest surprise of the year thus far.
Brock Lesnar was supposed to be the man in Cena's spot. When he debuted with the company in 2002, everything was being built around him because the previous group of stars—The Rock, Steve Austin, Undertaker, et al.—were getting older and they needed someone new.
It also helped that Lesnar was a physical freak of nature, with the kind of look that WWE loves and the athleticism to be a great worker.
Lesnar got tired of the WWE lifestyle two years later, so he decided that he had enough. Now, eight years later, "The Next Big Thing" is back, and it could not have been handled better.
Cena needed something big after going up against Rock. By having him lose that match, then go back to beating up on the likes of The Miz, Dolph Ziggler or one of the other nondescript heels the company has, it would have been a disaster.
Is Brock Lesnar The Right Opponent For John Cena Now?
This way, Cena gets to keep his streak of working with huge stars alive and WWE will get to reap the rewards of buzz from the Internet and at least one good pay-per-view buy rate when he and Lesnar wrestle each other.
Even if the Lesnar deal eventually blows up in WWE's face, which is possible given his personality and fickle attitude, right now it was the right call for the company and Cena.
No longer do we have to worry about what will happen with Cena. Instead, we can focus on how the star that was supposed to be in his spot will get back to his perch atop the WWE.
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