Since valiantly defeating The Rock to a chorus of boos at WrestleMania 29, John Cena has once again been spotlighted as the WWE's finest superstar.
Whether it's embracing the love of his fans—or rising above the hate of naysayers—the Cena train will continue to chug with no stop in sight.
At the moment, though, Cena is embroiled in a feud with Ryback, who has momentarily stopped the West Newbury, Mass., native in his tracks.
Following an indecisive finish at Extreme Rules, Cena and Ryback are again scheduled to go toe-to-toe in a "Three Stages of Hell" bout at Payback that will likely see a definitive winner and loser.
As for what happens after that—which will be inclusive of the outcome at Payback—Dave Meltzer of the members-only Wrestling Observer Newsletter has the scoop:
For those who think the company doesn't see Bryan as a main-eventer, right now the penciled in main event for Money in the Bank on 7/14 in Philadelphia is Cena vs. Bryan, with Bryan not being a heel, as the title match. As you should be aware, everything is subject to change...
While Daniel Bryan may not come out triumphant in his slated match with Cena, as Meltzer goes on to allude to, it is still a great opportunity for the former "American Dragon" to become a marquee headliner again.
Certainly, it's been a long time coming for Bryan to split off from Kane, which has been a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one, but one that has needed to arrive at its inevitable end.
Bryan, simply put, needs to be his own man again and, suffice it to say, is readier than he's ever been to march to the beat of his own drum.
It goes without saying that besides "yes" and "no," Bryan has added a multitude of dimensions to his character since losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Sheamus in a paltry 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28.
Moreover, he's seamlessly stepped into his role as the plucky underdog, all the while mastering the art of straddling the line between satire and seriousness.
One cannot help but get behind the bearded babyface and yet continue to cheer for him through not only the good times, but the bad.
That's the beauty of Bryan. He portrays his character so effortlessly that not even dishonorable losses on the biggest stage could deter his momentum.
Thus, when looked at from a variety of angles, the diminutive Bryan may truly be Cena's biggest challenge yet.
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