Spoiler alert: John Cena wins, again (photo courtesy of WWE.com)
Are you surprised to see this as a prediction you can bank on? I doubt it.
John Cena is not going to drop the title to Ryback under any circumstances at Extreme Rules.
It doesn't matter that Cena is injured, because if it were bad enough for him to have to take time off for surgery, WWE would not have risked him wrestling on Raw.
It doesn't matter that Cena is being booked as the underdog. He always is. Does that ever stop him from winning? I don't think so.
It doesn't matter that Ryback is supposed to look strong. He was supposed to look strong for the past seven months, but he has lost every single important match that he's been in since his original push and title match against CM Punk at Hell in a Cell 2012.
What does matter is that WWE wants John Cena to be the champion again. WWE might not be able to force you to cheer for Cena like intended, but at the very least, the powers-that-be can book Cena to continue winning matches in the blind hopes that maybe it will create some new fans in the process.
I'm not the biggest anti-Cena person in the world, but a match like this just screams "typical WWE." Zack Ryder was humiliated in an attempt to transfer his popularity over to Cena. CM Punk has been subject to storylines that are built around the idea of taking some of his momentum and giving it to Cena. The same applies here.
Ryback does not have the same momentum that he used to, and you can blame WWE Creative for that, as his continuous losses have done nothing but hurt him. However, that won't matter. The purpose of this match is to give Cena another victory after defeating the Rock for the title. This whole match revolves around doing the normal "Cena overcomes the odds" in the face of last year's losses.
Sure, WWE will try to figure out a way that Ryback doesn't completely get his ass handed to him by Cena in a squash match, but if they can't think of any good way to accomplish this and have Cena retain the title, the writers will not care and will be more concerned with Cena winning. Afterward, the audience will just be flat out told that Ryback is still a threat to be taken seriously as has happened after every single loss that he's had for the past several months.
This, above all, seems to be the one prediction that you can not only bank on but bet your life savings will happen. The Cena fans who are hoping this will happen will assuredly be happy come Sunday night. The rest of us will sigh with a resounding "I told you so."
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