WWE fans will hate to admit it, but John Cena needed to defeat Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012 in context of their main event.
The first half of the match was a complete squash with Lesnar absolutely destroying Cena. It was pathetic. Cena looked like a shell of his former self.
Somebody as tough as Cena shouldn't have been made to look like a punching bag just because Lesnar is coming back from UFC. Sorry folks, that's not how you treat your top guy just because an outsider has returned.
Heading into the event, it was all too obvious Lesnar would go over since it was his first match back in eight years. Yet WWE played it perfectly with Cena going over in the way he did.
Lesnar looked every bit as vicious and unforgiving as we expected him to. He busted Cena open, tossed referees around with one arm and was a calculating and diabolical monster. Yet in the end, it was his cockiness that got the best of him and any fan of Lesnar knows just how cocky he truly is.
The finish played perfectly to his heel character, which is that of a cocky and arrogant outsider coming back to WWE looking to take over. Cena overcame with the odds, despite injury, only because Lesnar refused to put Cena out when he had this chance.
Even worse for Cena and better for Lesnar, Cena had to use his massive chain to counter Lesnar and complete an Attitude Adjustment on steel steps in order to finally pin Brock.
Look, people may not like who won the match, but the finish itself was executed to perfection to ensure that both men came out looking strong. Now, Cena is on his way out with a possible arm injury, according to WWE.com, which again makes both men look great as Lesnar would be the man who put Cena on the shelf and Cena is the man who battled and won despite injury.
WWE went in to the event in a lose-lose situation and managed to shock the fans by turning their main event into a win-win for all involved.