The "Biggest Fight of the Summer" takes place Aug. 17, and the WWE has chosen two of the brightest stars in company history to main event SummerSlam. John Cena looks to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against The Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
While Cena may be the ultimate "Face of the WWE" in more ways than one, Lesnar has always been one step ahead, and at SummerSlam, he will conquer John Cena.
If you've been following along, you'll notice that Lesnar blazed his own trail. He did what he wanted, when he wanted, how he wanted. Cena, on the other hand, got his big break after Lesnar left the company.
Would there be a John Cena if Lesnar had stayed with the WWE? Lesnar gives us an answer at the three-minute, 49-second mark:
Cena may have outshined every current WWE Superstar, but he has never reached the career pinnacles that Lesnar has.
Sure, Cena defeated Lesnar at Extreme Rules in 2012, but fans will always remember the beating Cena suffered more so than the victory he gained. Cena may have won the match, but he didn't defeat the legend of Brock Lesnar. He didn't step out of the shadow of Brock Lesnar.
Cena is still second to Lesnar's notoriety as WWE's very own conqueror.
Lesnar has the credibility and cache in the fighting world that Cena will never attain. Only one thing will create more revenue for the WWE than having Cena as champion: having the former UFC World Heavyweight champion carrying the company belt. If there's one thing Lesnar will always have, it is his credibility as a fighting champion.
The WWE has been pulling out all the stops in an attempt to gain more subscribers to the WWE Network. The monthly fee of $9.99 has been drilled into the minds of fans ad nauseam during shows. What better way to gain more viewers than having Lesnar carry the strap?
Yes, Lesnar's part-time schedule would be an issue, but who's to say he wouldn't carry a heavier work load if he were champion? Maybe that's the only way he would consider working a full-time gig. If that's the case, the company should do everything in its power to give the belt to Lesnar.
Nobody has benefited more from conquering the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania more than Paul Heyman. The manager and mouth of Lesnar has become the hottest asset the company has. When Heyman speaks, everybody listens.
Now imagine having his client as the company's champion. Heyman could reach a whole new echelon on the mic as he destroys every arena with his verbal lashings. The WWE needs to ride the heat Heyman has created for himself by allowing him to rile up fans as some sort of quasi-champion.
One final possibility that may come to fruition after SummerSlam: Cena's heel turn. Fans got a glimpse into the mind of Cena when he acknowledged the rumors outright on Monday Night Raw at the 5:46 mark of this clip:
Will Cena overcome the odds and continue down the righteous path of Hustle, Loyalty and Respect? Or will Brock Lesnar conquer the WWE champion and turn Cena into the one thing he says he will never become?
The answer is unknown, but one thing is for sure: John Cena will receive a beating unlike any other. And if he's not careful, he may end up falling back into the shadow of the man who has always been one step ahead.