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John Cena Is an Ideal Opponent for Brock Lesnar's Return Match

The Undertake, top, and Brock Lesnar, bottom, compete during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Brock Lesnar season is approaching, and John Cena is his ideal opponent.

Lesnar has appeared at the last two SummerSlam pay-per-views. Coming off his win over Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, it’s likely that this year’s rumored appearance will be his most pivotal.

Earlier this month, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Raj Giri of WrestlingInc), reported Brock Lesnar will likely be facing the winner of the Money in the Bank Ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight championship at SummerSlam.

This potential scenario creates an opportunity for a possible return match between Lesnar and Cena.

Lesnar was just 3-2 since his WWE return headed into his WrestleMania match against Undertaker. After defeating Undertaker, not only did he improve his win-loss record (which is more important than most as a limited-dates wrestler), he virtually erased any loss from memory by ending the streak.

Still, Cena’s 2012 victory in Lesnar’s first match since 2004 set Lesnar behind the eight ball. Brock’s cloak of invincibility was pierced before it could even be developed.

Should Cena walk into SummerSlam as the WWE World Heavyweight champion, Lesnar will have an opportunity to not only avenge his loss, but also to win a world championship in grand fashion.

Coming off a lukewarm, albeit brief, feud between Daniel Bryan and Kane followed by almost a month of being vacant, the WWE World Heavyweight championship is in need of credibility.

Nothing would inject credibility in that title faster than a blockbuster match at a big-four pay-per-view between WWE’s two biggest draws.

A Lesnar-Cena match may have fallen into WWE’s lap as a result of Bryan’s injury, but it makes sense. Lesnar has accomplished the win of all wins in WWE lore, conquering Undertaker’s streak.

Lesnar now has two meaningful wins left: a) A WWE World Heavyweight championship win and b) A win over the only man who can say he’s undefeated against Lesnar since his return.

If Lesnar is in line for a WWE World Heavyweight championship shot at SummerSlam, he should likely come out as the winner.

It’s hard to imagine that WWE spent 22 WrestleManias promoting Undertaker’s undefeated streak, only to have the guy who finally broke it lose in his next match.

If a Brock Lesnar world title win is penciled in for SummerSlam, this would translate to a brief WWE World Heavyweight championship run for whoever wins at Money in the Bank.

Cena is one of two WWE superstars in that field who would not be de-legitimized by a brief world title reign (the other is Randy Orton, and Orton-Lesnar does not have nearly the box office appeal as Orton-Cena).

After all, Cena’s had the strap on 14 different occasions. For that to be possible in just over a decade, some reigns have to be brief.

SummerSlam is quite fitting for Brock Lesnar season to resume. Coming off his most important WWE victory, Lesnar is white hot as a part-time performer. With Cena’s help, he can be even hotter.

 

Follow Alfred Konuwa on Twitter @ThisIsNasty.

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