With his championship belts hanging around his neck, John Cena strode into the ring with a focused, intense glare. That expression shifted to one of unease once he took the mic.
He talked about The Authority making him a marked man and having to face Brock Lesnar, whom he called the biggest destructive force in WWE.
Cena revved up the fans by saying that even though he was going to suffer hell at SummerSlam, he would prevent Lesnar from becoming champ.
He noted that Paul Heyman couldn't control Lesnar, at which point Heyman himself slipped out from behind the curtain. The manager promised that Lesnar would conquer Cena.
Heyman warned Cena about Lesnar, reminding everyone that no one has seen or heard from Undertaker since losing to his client at WrestleMania. Angering Cena with every threat, Heyman painted a picture of a sadistic monster set on torturing the champ.
The champ roared that he loved the WWE and that he had the ultimate passion for it. Just as he wrapped up a speech about having more heart than his opponent, Cesaro stepped onto the entrance ramp.
He insulted Cena before challenging him. Cena accepted, saying it would be his pleasure to wrestle circles around him.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"The WWE Universe quite frankly maybe wants to see Brock Lesnar beat the hell out of me."—Cena.
"There is a beast in my windshield and at SummerSlam. I'm going to get my ass kicked. I know that."—Cena.
"I don't think you understand that those are mighty big words coming from a man who is about to become a victim."—Heyman to Cena.
"The only thing that Brock Lesnar is passionate about is the sadistic pleasure when he realizes that he is inflicting pain on his victim."—Heyman to Cena.
"You can't wrestle in sneakers. Oh, that's right, you just can't wrestle."—Cesaro to Cena.
This is Cena at his best—intense, passionate and a warrior ready for combat.
He maximized the power of this promo, playing up Lesnar's strengths and his own gutsiness. He sold this upcoming bout as more than just a wrestling match. It is a hero battling a monster.
Heyman was tremendous as well.
With performances like these, not having Lesnar around every week won't be an issue. Cena added plenty of hype to the title match.
Cesaro's mic work wasn't as effective as his peers but had some funny moments. WWE was wise to include him here, even if he isn't going to play a factor in SummerSlam's marquee bout.
He gets the rub of tangling with Cena. As a bonus, he gets brownie points with the IWC for taking a jab at Cena's wrestling ability.