John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Stephanie McMahon and the Biggest Mailbag of the Summer

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014


Remember how you felt when Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 and the referee actually counted to three?

Like, after you realized it wasn't a mistake and Lesnar's music began playing? Some grown men, presumably those who grew up watching The Undertaker, cried following the shocking result.

Grown men aren't John Cena's demographic these days, so if Cena beats Lesnar at SummerSlam, what will they do then?


@ThisIsNasty What happens if Cena wins? This isn't a generic anti-Cena question. A Brock win looks too obvious.

— 20-1 (@hacketmale) August 6, 2014

Shouldn’t you know by now? If Cena wins, we riot. After all, the pay-per-view is being held in Los Angeles.

But seriously, while Cena is a massive underdog against Lesnar—who has graduated to somewhat of a deity since beating Undertaker—a possible Cena win shouldn’t be ruled out.

There are past and future indicators that hint toward Lesnar leaving Los Angeles without the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  

Lesnar is booked to appear at WWE Night of Champions, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc), so the potential for another rematch remains. WWE tends to overthink things when presented with storylines that have obvious finishes. A swerve for the sake of a swerve may be in Cena’s favor.

Cena retaining his title will offer a glimpse of the frenzied atmosphere had Cena been the one to break the streak.

During Undertaker’s 21-0 run at WrestleMania, Cena had long since been discussed as a potential opponent. Leading up to this year's WrestleMania, listed John Cena vs. The Undertaker as a dream bout selected by the editors.

The anti-Cena contingent scoffed at the idea of Cena, a made man in WWE, earning a hallmark win over Undertaker that he didn’t need.

If he beats Lesnar at SummerSlam, think of that scoffing times 556,000—the current number of followers on Twitter for Roman Reigns.    


@ThisIsNasty Where do you see Bray Wyatt at in a few months? Title picture is highly unlikely.

— Teddy Couch (@tmcouch93) August 6, 2014

Bray Wyatt has cooled off over the past month or so during his feud with Chris Jericho. The two do not seem to have much in-ring chemistry at the moment, which is to be expected with first-time opponents.

Now that Jericho has had a few matches since returning, there should be more optimism surrounding his second match against Wyatt on a bigger stage.

It would be overly optimistic, however, to anticipate seeing Wyatt in a world title picture any time soon.

Lesnar could take a likely WWE World Heavyweight Championship run into WrestleMania 31. If Roman Reigns continues on his charted course to the main event, he’ll inevitably be the challenger in the show's main event. Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc) recently noted that this was the plan. If all goes according to plan, Reigns' coronation would be imminent.

In order to be taken seriously as a first-time world champion, Reigns would need stout competition on a monthly basis.  

Wyatt’s long-term ceiling is as a possible opponent for Roman Reigns as WWE slowly builds a crop of dynamic heels. His character has never been one that's needed a world championship, so putting over a babyface world champion is a fitting task. But a win, or a world championship run, is not to be expected in the near future.  

Wyatt is not indy enough to build an organic following that upsets the apple cart similar to the Daniel Bryan story. He’s just going to have to wait his turn, should it ever arrive.


@ThisIsNasty Better than the build up for every match except maybe Rollins v Ambrose. We'll get a 1 segment build up to Cena v Lesnar on Raw

— Steven Lynn (@Twister26) August 6, 2014

The rivalry between Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella has been just as compelling as the Authority-Daniel Bryan saga that headlined WrestleMania 30.

The spirit of the Yes Movement is able to live through a feud not too different from Bryan's before he was sidelined with a neck injury. And while Stephanie McMahon continues to shine, Brie Bella is no Daniel Bryan.

Brie seemed wooden and unsure in her delivery on this past Monday's Raw, but maybe that was a blessing in disguise. Stephanie's scathing, impassioned promo in response made her seem more unlikable in contrast with Brie's more basic, everywoman monologue. There's a reason Brie's entire promo was cut from the clip WWE currently has on its YouTube channel.

Some may choose to make a big deal of the viewership drop ahead of the main event, but you try booking a strong rating on a show with no John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and no wrestling match to close the show. For their efforts, this feud has admirably filled the main event spot the past two weeks on Raw.

If it weren't for the amazing promo package for Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena, the buildup to the Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella feud would easily be considered the best.

As it stands, however, it's arguably the best. Given the loaded SummerSlam lineup, that's saying a lot.


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