Brock Lesnar wth a double leg takedown on John Cena. Courtesy: WWE.com.
Along with the 2-out-of-3 Falls match, this is the hardest match to predict on the Extreme Rules card. On one side, you've got the returning Brock Lesnar, who took the UFC by storm and has repeatedly gotten the upper hand on John Cena.
On the other side, you've got the franchise of WWE, who has lost two big matches against The Rock and Lord Tensai this month and would lose three important matches if he were to lose against "The War Machine."
Both men have also accomplished a lot in their sports careers. Lesnar is a former NCAA Champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion, a former King of the Ring winner, a Royal Rumble winner and a three-time WWE Champion.
John Cena is a three-time Slammy Award winner, a three-time WWE United States Champion, a two-time World Tag Team Champion, a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion, a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, a former Royal Rumble winner and a 10-time WWE Champion.
These two men have faced each other in a big match once before, at Backlash 2003 for Lesnar's WWE Championship. The result was Lesnar pinning Cena after a thunderous F5 on "The Doctor of Thuganomics."
However, both men are extremely different now. Cena is no longer the heel and Lesnar is no longer the face. John Cena has become "the face" of WWE while Lesnar returned—not to create a big moment or because he missed the fans—for himself.
Lesnar, backed up by WWE Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis, is on a quest to "legitimize" WWE. Cena is the guy who backs up the locker room and has always wanted to be a WWE superstar while Lesnar never had that job in mind.
Tonight, these two will do battle in an Extreme Rules match. No count-outs and no disqualifications. These two superstars will pull out no stops and I expect this to be an all-out brawl all over the Allstate Arena. Not only will this help cover up for Brock Lesnar's possible ring rust, but it will make it seem like these two really hate each other.
I doubt this match will end completely clean, so expect interference from guys like Laurinaitis, Otunga, Miz, Swagger, Ziggler and the rest of John Laurinaitis' cronies.
I doubt that Lesnar is going to lose on his first match back, but if he does, I expect WWE to back it up by saying that he also lost his first UFC fight.
However, I don't think that will happen and at the end of the night, Lesnar will be the one whose arm is being raised by the referee. Both men can't lose, but at the same time, one of them has to. I'm not going to be mad if there's a clunky finish, but please don't end it by referee stoppage.
Much like in 2003, I expect Lesnar to be victorious over Cena, who will possibly take some time off and then come back stronger than ever to take on "The Freak" Brock Lesnar.
Winner: Brock Lesnar