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You may be asking yourself why all of the other potential outcomes didn't make my list. After all, there are no disqualifications, count-outs or scenarios with John Cena on top.
Why is that? Simply put, it is because Cena retaining the WWE Championship in any fashion is a bad decision no matter how it is booked.
Daniel Bryan defeating Cena via disqualification cheats the fans out of a legitimate winner. The same applies to Cena being counted out, as that should almost never happen on a pay-per-view, particularly for a title match.
It's an even bigger disaster if Cena wins the match, as any situation with that result derails the upward momentum of WWE.
If Cena wins by any of the four methods he can, what does WWE have to gain out of it?
The fans who don't like Cena will not suddenly respect and cheer for him afterward, so his popularity at best will stay the same. In fact, being booked as victorious over an Internet darling like Bryan will probably make them dislike Cena even more.
There's no issue of credibility for Cena that comes into play. WWE does not have to worry about making sure he looks strong when he's consistently booked as the top face of the company who nearly always wins.
Even for the sake of the WWE Championship scene itself, keeping the title on Cena leaves fewer options for new and exciting feuds, while Bryan as the champion opens up new possibilities.
Cena stands to gain nothing out of winning this match, but in comparison, Bryan has everything to lose by not coming out with the victory.
With Bryan winning this match, he can also win over some new fans. Meanwhile, if WWE believes their own hype, Cena's ever-loyal fans will not leave him and merchandise sales will stay the same.
Perhaps Cena can win over some new fans as well, ones who will respect him more and have less complaining to do about him supposedly never losing and putting anyone over.
Expectations are high going into SummerSlam, and it's tough to argue against the idea that the majority of this match's anticipation surrounds Bryan walking out with the WWE Championship.
If WWE puts the belt on Bryan, it needs to be done in a serious manner that puts him over rather than in a twisted way.
On the other hand, if WWE decides to go a different route, they had better be prepared for many fans to be disappointed. A bad choice could ruin the entire event for a lot of the audience.
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