Every time John Cena enters a storyline, there seems to be a certain stench of inevitability. You just know what is to come when he starts knocking on your door, and with Money in the Bank approaching a week from Sunday, it is as pungent as ever: he is going to win the contract.
I know you hate reading that. I hate writing that. I think there's a mutual agreement there, with or without the use of a bit of Hugo Weaving dialogue from The Matrix.
Jokes and bad reprises aside, WWE has finally set into course what they deviated away from about nine months ago, and that is ultimately putting Cena in the WWE Title picture once again.
It might have made sense then. In fact, it definitely did. The major critics in wrestling had grown excruciatingly tired of Cena being in the title scene week after week, month after month and pay-per-view after pay-per-view.
And with a year long buildup with The Rock finally concluding at Wrestlemania, the title needed to remain off of Cena for the majority of that time.
And yet, of course, Cena has still main evented every pay per view in 2012 with the exception of the Royal Rumble without the WWE Title being a part of any of those matches.
Now, in the dead heat of summer with SummerSlam approaching, here enters ole "hustle, loyalty, and respect" into Money in the Bank 2012. Cena has never had to go through the MITB process. Of course, he hasn't. Usually, up-and-comers about to take the next step win MITB.
Not the face of the company.
Sadly, though, he is going to win. Super Cena will prevail against Kane, Jericho, Big Show and whoever else might get added within the next week.
And the biggest reason of all is the root of all evil and lies simply in the name of the pay-per-view:
More so, about bigger money to made at SummerSlam.
WWE fans can tell the company is loading up for bear to make SummerSlam potentially as big a draw as WrestleMania this year. As I wrote in my "Why CM Punk Will Defeat Daniel Bryan" piece, that's not going to happen, but the fact remains that the biggest buy-rate ultimately comes with Cena headlining.
Ultimately that means he has to win the contract this Sunday to go on and face Punk at SummerSlam. Now, of course, every other MITB winner has cashed in on the heels of a brutal match that has left the current champion completely unable to withstand another five minutes of action.
Ten out of ten remains the success rate for MITB winners.
Cena should do the same then, right?
Yeah, probably not. In fact, Cena might be one of the few to actually "cash in" to get himself a match on a card rather than complete an opportunistic run-in when a match is finished.
Fits him, right? He cashes in the night after MITB or the 1000th Monday Night Raw to challenge Punk for the belt at SummerSlam, thus bringing their feud from 2011 full circle. He's a stand-up fella, that Cena.
There have been some great ideas for swerves and twists to make the WWE Title contract match more interesting. Sure, have Jericho or Kane win. Right on, man. But the school of thought when it comes WWE storylines in 2012 is forget the swerve and only rely on the obvious and straightforward.
Obvious and straightforward means Cena wins. Drawing power for SummerSlam means Cena wins. Whether we like it or not, Cena wins, just like he almost always does.