There is a buzz surrounding the 2014 edition of WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, but the most anticipated match on the card is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship battle between Brock Lesnar and John Cena.
Cena vs. Lesnar is one of the biggest matches in SummerSlam history.
The two men are incredibly polarizing with wrestling fans. Cena has been the top star in the WWE for almost a decade, but his success is a double-edged sword. While there are many members of the WWE Universe who have unwaveringly supported Cena over the years, the 15-time world champion is also one of the most hated men in the company due to his stale character and his childish humor.
Lesnar is the definition of a part-time Superstar, and there is a vocal minority who are angered at the possibility of him walking out of SummerSlam with the world title. Despite only showing up several times a year, Lesnar is still one of the biggest draws in sports. During his career in the UFC, he helped the company draw over a million buys on four separate occasions, according to MMA Manifesto.
As seen when the two men squared off at Extreme Rules 2012, there is no love lost between them and the physicality will be amplified. There was blood from both Lesnar and Cena in their previous bout, and the actual in-ring work made it a Match of the Year candidate. With both men understanding the magnitude of the situation, the WWE Universe should expect a great brawl that eventually culminates in Lesnar destroying Cena and walking out with the world title.
Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, has been busy promoting this marquee main event, and in an interview with Ring Rust Radio, he shared a message for Cena fans and predicted the outcome of Sunday’s match, courtesy of News of Delaware County's Joe Arcidiacono:
I think the people who need to be sold on this pay-per-view are John Cena fans, to which I offer this very quick sales pitch. If you are a fan of John Cena, and if you are there is no accounting for taste, this is your last opportunity to see him. And if you think it's all hype and hyperbole, here's something to consider; if you look back on 21 appearances at WrestleMania by The Undertaker, you can rarely find a video clip of someone even getting a two-count on The Undertaker.
Brock Lesnar just didn't beat The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar hospitalized The Undertaker. Brock Lesnar gave The Undertaker such an ass-kicking that The Undertaker has not been seen, nor heard from since. There was no controversy. There was no outside interference. There was no manager distraction. Brock Lesnar stepped into the ring and beat The Undertaker within an inch of his life, and the same fate awaits for John Cena at the Staples Center, on August 17 in Los Angeles at SummerSlam.
Heyman went on to further antagonize Cena fans via Twitter during the build to SummerSlam:
After beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 (and subsequently being reminded of the fact by Heyman for the last four months), Lesnar has taken on aura of almost mythical proportions. No one ever expected Lesnar to end The Deadman’s streak, and the stunning victory is still hard to comprehend for many fans.
Cena may be the face of the current generation, but Lesnar must capitalize on the momentum he created at WrestleMania and walk away with the championship. After proving he could take down The Undertaker, a title win over Cena would help Lesnar cement his place in history as one of the greatest Superstars in wrestling history.
The WWE has done a great job building to this match, but a Lesnar victory is the only logical answer.
The part-time schedule of Lesnar has many fans questioning what would come next if he did win the title. Lesnar has been so focused on winning the WWE Championship that the duo of Heyman and his client haven’t looked to his next challenger.
While the company could just book a Battle Royal to crown the next No. 1 contender, the WWE has the opportunity to cement Lesnar’s mercenary character by having the new champion vacate the title the following night on Raw and walk away from the WWE due to the lack of viable competition.
Hardcore fans would like to see a tournament held to crown a new champion if Lesnar indeed vacates the belt, but the more likely outcome is the company working around his schedule, just as it did when The Rock held the world title.
Regardless of what happens after Lesnar wins the world title, the WWE Universe is ready to watch an extremely physical battle Sunday night at SummerSlam. As long as Cena takes the loss and Lesnar hoists the championship to close the show, this could be one of the best PPVs in a long time.
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