Brock Lesnar conquered John Cena Sunday night and laid claim to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, a caveat that may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Now unquestionably at the top of the WWE food chain after taking down The Undertaker to beat the streak and more recently tossing around Cena like a ragdoll, Lesnar himself put it best in a video interview with TMZ after the pay-per-view:
"I look at it as I'm just getting started."
Surely those are prophetic words. In the interview he also issued a challenge to Cena for a rematch and, perhaps most noteworthy of all, hinted that he intends to unify the titles rather than haul two straps around:
In regards to the belts, it is a move that has seemingly been in the pipeline for some time. Really, it is difficult to think of a better candidate to combine the titles with Daniel Bryan still out of the picture with an injury.
Lesnar is unlike anything WWE has ever had before in terms of a monster heel, and this latest run at the top of the promotion is of the career-defining variety, which is saying something when one ponders his history.
The TMZ interview itself is simply the latest hint that bigger things are on the way for Lesnar, as Paul Heyman was also on Twitter after the match dropping hints of his own:
Outside of a hardware unification, a rematch with Cena is obviously on the table next, hence Lesnar's comments in the video above.
After that, his role in the promotion is as good as anyone's guess, although early rumors suggest a bout with The Rock or Roman Reigns is in the cards for WrestleMania 31, per F4WOnline, via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
The latter is especially difficult to fathom—Reigns is clearly the next big thing, but the promotion cannot afford to give him that big of a push so soon, especially if his in-ring work with Randy Orton Sunday is any indication of his pace of development.
Either way, WWE has something on its hands here that will prove very difficult to mess up. Lesnar is a one-of-a-kind talent in every sense of the phrase, and the mystique around him—and the subtle hints in the ring that he is the more modern version of The Undertaker—suggest the company has major plans in regards to the younger talent that steps in the ring with him.
If Lesnar's comments about the belts are to be believed, fans will have to settle in the interim for a new title and a rematch with Cena, not that it would be a bad thing. Sunday's dismantling of Cena is something fans have never seen before.
Which is what makes the future around Lesnar so promising. He is the personification of the promotion's willingness to flip the script to entertain fans, and his reign of terror is only in its infancy.
What truly comes next, only the champ may know.