John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio: Winner and Post-Match Reaction

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 04:  Celebrity John Cena takes in Game Four of the American League Division Series  between of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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World heavyweight champion John Cena successfully retained his title against Alberto Del Rio via clean pinfall Sunday night at WWE’s 2013 Survivor Series pay-per-view.

In what should come as a shock to no one who has watched wrestling for the last decade, Cena overcame the adversity caused by his surgically repaired triceps muscle and defeated Del Rio in glorious fashion.

Once again, Cena is the unquestioned top dog in the company.

After undergoing surgery in August and WWE reporting he’d miss four to six months with surgery, Cena shattered the estimated recovery time by returning to Hell in a Cell and winning the title from Del Rio.

Instead of fans complaining about Cena continuing to beat wrestlers in underdog fashion despite being a bona fide top star, the WWE Universe should just be thankful to see him in the world title chase.

Cena instantly added legitimacy to the World Heavyweight Championship again when he won the belt at Hell in a Cell. Since Cena has become champion, it has meant far more than it ever did when Del Rio was fighting for it.

Another Cena win Sunday night at Survivor Series was best for business.


Overall Match Grade: B

There will always be Cena detractors that question his in-ring ability. While there is no doubting that his moveset isn’t as vast as stars like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, Cena proved against Del Rio Sunday night that he rises to the occasion.

Del Rio is one of the best wrestlers in the company on his own, but he has lacked a storyline that fans could get behind. Cena’s face character has become stale for many wrestling fans, but he’s still far more charismatic than Del Rio.

The storyline was built on lackluster promos and an arm-wrestling contest that meant nothing coming into Survivor Series, but Cena and Del Rio still managed to put on a great show in the ring.

Cena knows how to tell a story with his actions and the constant work on the injured arm made this an easy story to follow. The action also allowed both men to shine.

This was a classic example of how proper booking can make both men look strong.


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