The finale between John Cena and Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules on Sunday night was everything the WWE and its fans could've asked for and more.
It was the classic yet somewhat nuanced clash between hero (Cena) and heel (Lesnar), yet each displayed bits of both. Few could ever play any other angle against the big, bad, brooding Lesnar, though there will always be some resentment toward Cena on account of him being a bit too perfect.
Then again, Cena's loss to The Rock at WrestleMania 28 did sufficient damage to that veneer to make it OK to root for him.
As did Lesnar's hit on Monday Night Raw the very next day, one that left Cena's mouth bloodied and incited a new feud between the two superstars.
But as evil as Lesnar appeared in coming after Cena and doling out real damage, there remained a tinge of sympathy in his favor on account of the recurring diverticulitis that essentially ended his burgeoning career in the UFC.
All of that aside, the fight itself was about as gripping as anything the WWE had seen since, well, April Fool's Day.
Still, the action was intense, thanks in no small part to an early elbow to the head from Lesnar that left Cena bloodied but unbowed and turned the crowd firmly against Brock.
The two continued to fly at each other. Lesnar struggled to overcome his own bulk at times, while Cena somehow was able to shake off his own blood and eventually finish Lesnar with the aid of a fireman's carry and a set of steel steps.
The timing for such a classic couldn't have been any better, either.
The match allegedly left "The Prototype" with injuries to his shoulder and arm, though he's set for a hiatus from the WWE anyway to reprise his role as John Triton in The Marine Homeland.
Though Cena will be gone, he won't soon be forgotten and figures to return as triumphantly as ever after filming.
Perhaps even against Lesnar to exact revenge for his injuries.
There's no doubt that the world will be watching if/when he does.
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