The most recognizable wrestler in the WWE, John Cena, clinched the Money in the Bank Ladder Match on Sunday night. It may have been predictable, but Cena's victory bodes well for wrestling.
Former WWE champions like Big Show, Chris Jericho, The Miz and Kane were no match for Cena, who secured a future title fight by showcasing brute strength against his opponents.
It's hard to imagine the 35-year-old Cena missing out on a chance to regain the WWE Championship belt. The West Newbury, MA native has been a World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion, U.S. Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion, a Royal Rumble Winner and Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner.
What will be next for the decorated man known for the "Attitude Adjustment" and "STF"? Well, it should be a highly televised match, at least within the next year.
No other wrestler could stack up against CM Punk, who defeated Daniel Bryan in the Championship match to retain his title. Big Show is 40 years old, Jericho is 41, The Miz doesn't have a Cena-like presence and Kane is 45.
Cena and Punk have an aura that no other pro wrestlers possess. Cena is looking to rediscover the crown as WWE's best, while Punk is merely trying to hold onto it. Cena could very well face Punk at Summer Slam on August 19. And it could be for all the marbles.
The two combine to form one of the greatest rivalries the WWE has to offer. They've battled each other to the brink in years past, and the future will hold another chapter.
Of course, Punk defeated Cena last July to become the new No. 1, making their next fight all the more important—not only for themselves, but for the sport.
It is a story of revenge for Cena, who hasn't garnered the same limelight he once absorbed. The 33-year-old Punk, on the other hand, is in his prime. This matchup will happen, and when it does, the WWE faithful will be on their heels.
No matter if people love or hate Cena—who has become more of a celebrity than a wrestler with his films like The Marine and 12 Rounds—people will tune in to see a close fight.
In many ways, John Cena is as polarizing a figure as the NBA's LeBron James or the MLB's Alex Rodgriguez. People love to hate him, but his aura is second to none in WWE.
The Chicago Tribune's Luis Gomez spoke with Punk in March, and even he agrees that Cena gets a bad wrap:
“I think the general consensus is that me and Cena don’t get along. While I definitely agree that we don’t see eye to eye, we coexist and get along just fine. I don’t get why people love to hate John Cena. But as long as he gets a reaction that’s positive or negative, he’s doing his job.”
Regardless if these two see eye to eye, they can coexist, which is all Vince McMahon and the WWE community can ask for.