WWE Money in the Bank is just eight days away, and all the competitors for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match are set. We've known this for some time now. We also know that John Cena is in that match and is probably an odds-on favorite to win the whole thing.
For fans who don't like John Cena, it's a scary proposition. After all, the 14-time world champion is only two world title reigns away from tying Ric Flair and three from surpassing him (though many, including Flair himself, would argue he's actually a 21-time world champion).
And full disclosure here: I'm no fan of John Cena, and that's putting it mildly.
But with that said, John Cena needs to win this match. Yes, you read that right. Cena is the best choice to win the match for a number of reasons, but in this article we'll look at the three biggest reasons of them all.
The one thing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship needs right now is prestige.
Ever since Daniel Bryan won the title at WrestleMania, something's been amiss. Bryan didn't engage in any meaningful feud after his big win, as both Randy Orton and Batista were with Triple H in Evolution's war with Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield.
And seeing as Cena and Bray Wyatt were occupied, that left Bryan to face Kane, which didn't exactly generate any major interest in Bryan's title reign.
And then we found out Bryan was hurt.
Since Extreme Rules, the championship has been effectively inactive. WWE strung out the "will they-won't they" storyline in regards to stripping Bryan of the title, but when it finally happened, it was already seen by many as a foregone conclusion and surprised few.
The title has taken a beating, leaving Sheamus, the current United States champion and currently No. 3 in the B/R WWE Superstar Power Rankings, as the most prominent champion on the roster. That's not meant as a dig at Sheamus, but it is a bit troubling when your best champion holds a title that was largely forgotten over the past year or so.
When dealing with titles, either the title makes the man or the man makes the title. And with Orton's reign largely forgettable and Bryan's cut short, someone needs to "make the title."
Like it or not, the best man for that job is John Cena. He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the most decorated member of the active roster. The title needs a big name to hold it, and there's none bigger in WWE right now than John Cena.
But once Cena gets the title, he should not hold it for long. The reason Cena needs to win the title is not just to give the title a bit of a shine but because it's the perfect setup for two possible storylines that could be huge for WWE.
The first possible feud is with Daniel Bryan.
Unless Bryan's injury is very serious, there's a good chance he'll be back by SummerSlam. And we can't forget that Bryan defeated Cena last year at SummerSlam to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan will get a rematch, and there's perhaps none better to put him over yet again than John Cena.
By facing, and then putting over, Bryan again at SummerSlam, it could make Bryan a bigger star than he already is. Bryan would have won the title at SummerSlam in 2013, WrestleMania XXX and then at SummerSlam again in 2014.
He would have emerged victorious at the two biggest pay-per-views on the WWE calendar three times in a row. Talk about a good year.
But there's a second possibility that could be even bigger for WWE: a continuation of the John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt feud.
After Payback, the feud between the two was and is effectively over—or so we thought. Wyatt has re-emerged, proclaiming that a prophecy foretold his defeat, and that it was necessary for him to fulfill his destiny. And if the past is any indication, his destiny is to destroy John Cena.
If John Cena has the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the feud with Wyatt would not only have new excitement, but the stakes for Cena would be immeasurably high. Wyatt would not only be coming for Cena's legacy, but in defeating Cena, Wyatt would be able to destroy Cena's legacy and take from him that which is most precious to him.
With Cena beaten and the evil Bray Wyatt as champion, Daniel Bryan could return to save WWE from Wyatt and do what Cena could not do. Daniel Bryan would then be, presumably, the top babyface in the company.
Why is Daniel Bryan in all of these scenarios? Simple: He's due a rematch, and he'll likely get it sooner rather than later. He'll get into a feud that will give him his rematch.
And why not simply have Bray Wyatt win the title at Money in the Bank?
Seeing Bray Wyatt hunt down and eventually destroy Cena, taking his legacy and the title, is far more compelling than seeing Cena fail to beat Bray Wyatt in a title match.
Why not have Orton, Cesaro, Roman Reigns, Sheamus or Alberto Del Rio win the title?
The reason is that they are all either non-factors at the top of the card or are firmly entrenched in midcard feuds that neither need nor warrant the title to be compelling.
Cena vs. Bray Wyatt or Cena vs. Daniel Bryan simply makes the most sense, and both need to challenge Cena so that the payoff of the feud is bigger and more worthwhile.
As much as it pains me (and probably many readers of this article), John Cena needs to be the one to leave Money in the Bank as the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship. As Triple H would say, it's simply best for business.