Extreme Rules was a good pay-per-view. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk vs. Jericho and even Layla vs. Nikki Bella (for a Divas match) were all great contests.
But most importantly, John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar lived up to the hype.
It was a brutal bout. Cena was busted open within the first minute and Lesnar used MMA-style techniques throughout the entire match, which acted as a double-edged sword. Not only did it make the action look more legitimate—which was Lesnar's mission—but it added insult to injury in the sense that it made Cena look like he would never be able to cut it in a real fight.
And really, it wasn't looking good for Cena the majority of the match. But he capitalized on a window of opportunity, and after giving Lesnar a blow to the head with a chain and an Attitude Adjustment atop the steel steps, the leader of the CeNation redeemed himself after his surprising loss to The Rock at WrestleMania.
When Cena won, I honestly wasn't surprised; it made perfect sense to me. What did surprise me was the reaction I saw from a lot of people on my Twitter timeline.
Shock at the outcome. Disbelief that Cena had won. Aggravation that Cena had won.
Okay, considering that this is Cena we're talking about, it's not really all that surprising that people were upset he beat Lesnar. No matter what Cena does, he's going to have a horde of haters—I'm unsure that even the mythological heel turn would eradicate that.
What really was confusing to me was that it seemed like people expected Lesnar to win.
Let's examine some of the options that would exist after a Lesnar win. Because he would have dethroned Cena, it would technically make him the top dog in the WWE (Rock doesn't count in this regard because, well... he's not IN the WWE).
Then what would happen? We'd have to sit through Lesnar's elementary-level promos every week?
Who would he go after? CM Punk? He would be buried 1,000 feet under.
Sheamus? That doesn't sound very appealing. But after beating Cena, it would be a step down to go after anyone but a top-tier champion.
And let's be honest, Lesnar is not quite ready to be a top-tier champion in the WWE. His promos have never been the best—there's a reason the WWE had Paul Heyman speaking for him the first go 'round—and he's rusty in the sense that he seems to be having difficulty remembering that he's in the WWE and not UFC, and the goal is only to make it LOOK like he's hurting his opponent. It would be stupid of the WWE to award his current recklessness with a title shot.
Sure, he could go after Punk or Sheamus and lose, but then he would simultaneously lose all of his steam. And yes, even though Lesnar lost last night, he still looks strong.
He absolutely brutalized Cena, and it wasn't "SuperCena" who came back to win the match. Lesnar was showboating, Cena saw a chance to catch him off-guard and cracked him over the skull with a chain. If anything, all it does is make Lesnar look unnecessarily cocky in his ability, which is exactly how he's supposed to look.
I mean, David took Goliath down with one well-placed shot too. And that one well-placed shot that Cena took should be more than enough to set off Lesnar's ego and send him on a rampage.
As for Cena, in my opinion he had to win last night. Whether you like him or not, there's no denying he's the heart and soul of the WWE and for him to lose back-to-back PPVs to two people who left the WWE to pursue other things would just look bad.
However, in conclusion, all bets are off until Raw tonight. Cena recently tweeted about updating the WWE Universe on his injured arm tonight and that could go in a million different directions.
Katie Gregerson is a pro wrestling trainee turned pro wrestling journalist and blogger. You can read her posts for theScore's Aftermath blog, subscribe to her blog Ring the Bell! and follow her on Twitter @katiegregerson
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