At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar absolutely destroyed John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Credit to Vince McMahon and his team of bookers: They did virtually everything possible to get Lesnar over as a dominant monster heel. Indeed, it was almost staggering to watch the former MMA star toss around Cena—usually one of the most protected guys on the roster—and essentially squash him like he was Zack Ryder or Santino Marella.
The match itself may not have been a great one—it was too one-sided to be a true classic—but it was certainly a spectacle.
So where does the new champion go from here?
Under most circumstances, my first instinct would be to do a Cena/Lesnar rematch at the next pay-per-view. But honestly, Lesnar's win here was so resounding, there doesn't appear to be much point. Per the storyline, Cena simply doesn't have the tools to beat Lesnar. How is that going to change in a month or two? Wouldn't he just get squashed and humiliated again?
I wouldn't rule out Cena clashing with the new champion at Night of Champions next month, but I simply can't see McMahon booking it.
Money in the Bank winner Seth Rollins could cash in his title shot on the champion—but considering how frighteningly dominant Lesnar looked tonight, you can understand if he is eager to wait.
Would you want to rush into a match with the guy after that performance?
Of course, Rollins could—as per Money in the Bank tradition—wait until Lesnar is at his most vulnerable, then take the opportunity to cash in. How he would get the MMA star in such a position is anyone's guess, but it's surely possible. Perhaps he could bribe 10 or so midcard heels to beat him up?
Such a development would also set up Lesnar as a wronged babyface, which is an intriguing option for the bookers.
Thanks to his no-nonsense character and obliteration of Cena, many fans are probably already itching to cheer for the star—why not let them? A Rollins vs. Lesnar feud may sound unlikely, but it might be worth a shot.
As for other potential Lesnar opponents after SummerSlam? Roman Reigns appears to be a natural foe for the former UFC fighter.
He too has been built up as unstoppable and a force to reckoned with. He's also been fiercely protected by the booking team over the past 18 months; they're clearly setting him up for big things (he also defeated top star Randy Orton clean at the pay-per-view, another sign of management's massive faith in him).
Could Reigns be scripted as the one babyface who can stop Lesnar's reign of terror? It's very possible.
And if anything is going to get him over as the next big star beating Lesnar—when The Undertaker and Cena couldn't—that's exactly it.
Summarily, WWE has quite a few options for Lesnar following the pay-per-view, it will be intriguing to see what it goes with in the next couple of months. Can anyone stop this man?