John Cena: Breaking Down What's Next for the Face of WWE

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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John Cena is the face of the WWE and the biggest star in the company, but he is not the WWE Champion.

That would be the newly heel CM Punk.

After cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase at RAW's 1,000th episode and becoming the first to do so without succeeding, Cena beat Punk via DQ with the help of The Big Show.

With Punk retaining the title and turning heel by smashing The Rock with a clothesline from hell, there is complete anarchy at the top of the card.

So now the big question: What’s next for Cena? Let’s find out!


Another WWE Title Shot

If there is one thing that a disqualification finish in a match of that magnitude does, it gives WWE a way to ensure that Cena gets another shot at the title. While it may not be right away, it will be at SummerSlam.

With clear interference and a technical win, it isn’t a reach for the WWE Board of Directors to award the rematch to Cena. Add in the fact that heel Punk is now defending against face Cena, and this feud just reached epic proportions.

The fans may complain about having Cena vs. Punk again, but it is undeniably the biggest possible feud the company could pull off right now. With Big Show, Daniel Bryan and The Rock all getting their hands in this cookie jar, the summer is starting to heat up.


A Three-Way Feud

With The Big Show attacking Cena on Monday, there is little doubt that we could see an eventual alliance of some sort between Show and Punk. Heels have to stick together.

If the WWE makes it the three-way battle for the title it looks like it will be at SummerSlam, it would be the perfect opportunity to further the heel Punk character. That would lead up to yet another appearance by The Rock to possibly help Cena win the WWE Championship.

Any way the WWE books it, the heel duo of Big Show and Punk may be the only way the WWE Universe could actually enjoy Show’s character. Team them up against Cena, and this feud means something to the majority of the crowd.

That’s a nice change of pace.


The Rock

One of the best parts of last night’s 1,000th episode of RAW was The Rock and how he came off much better than he did at any other time since coming back. With less promos to cut and more time to talk off the script, The Rock was a straight-shooter and a legitimate tough guy—exactly what he should have been the whole time.

After The Rock hit the ring and saved Cena from The Big Show, Punk hit him with the clothesline from hell and sent a message. This could be the action that sees Rock and Cena joining up as a tag team like they did last-year at Survivor Series.

If the WWE can get Rock to participate in SummerSlam—the company’s second-biggest PPV of the year—it will mean more buys for the event and more money in everyone’s pockets.

Add in a possible tag team of Cena and The Rock, and sparks are guaranteed to fly.


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