I have absolutely no criticism regarding the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena match. Everything about it made for a timeless masterpiece. Cena sold the suplexes very well—some of them, he had no choice—and Lesnar continued his 2014 dominance, running through two of the biggest names in this decade.
Simply put: If Cena won, WWE would have proven that he is bigger than The Streak. And he isn't.
However, Cena's character has been protected for so long that virtually nothing can be done to him that could tarnish it (when is the last time he tapped out?). It tarnished the Undertaker, because The Streak was his bread and butter, although he has done many things outside of that.
Cena's bread and butter is clawing his way to win championships. He's done it 15 times already and surely isn't done yet.
I think it is safe to say that regarding gimmick protection, Cena is the new Flair. Multiple world championships means multiple losses, but the championships trump the losses. At least this was true until Flair went a little too long in his career. Well, maybe more than a little.
Lesnar should do what he did to Cena to another big name—say, Sheamus. Sheamus is a guy on whom WWE has also spent time protecting his character over the years, and his wins far outweigh his losses. Both are powerhouse competitors, and Sheamus is one of the only people on the roster who legitimately looks like he could go toe-to-toe with Lesnar (cue the Yoshi Tatsu and Sin Cara references).
Don't have Lesnar spend time feuding with people who don't fit into this theory. Big Show was a good choice to build him up for Undertaker. Though breaking The Streak is still a debatable move, Undertaker was a good choice (obviously) to build Lesnar up for Cena.
Now, John Cena losing in that fashion should build for another epic beatdown. Moreover, Lesnar doing that to Sheamus would be even more impressive, because Sheamus bills himself as a person who "loves to fight."
At the conclusion of this reign of terror orchestrated by Lesnar, we should see the new face of the company. Without question, this should be the official passing of the torch. Whether it is Roman Reigns or Daniel Bryan, WrestleMania 31 should be the destination for the recipient of said torch.
There is no doubt that whether the fans approve or not, whoever defeats Brock Lesnar outside of John Cena will be the hottest subject in the wrestling media. And that's the point.
WWE made an excellent decision to have Lesnar devour Cena. Take it as the burial of the John Cena era, and the transition of the era of the new poster boy, whomever that will be.
And, of course, it was all for...
Chris Featherstone is a writer for a number of wrestling sites, including WrestlingInc, WeAreWrestling.net, and WhatCulture.com. He also has a wrestling radio show, Pancakes and Powerslams, which airs live every Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on Blog Talk Radio. Follow @cravewrestling, and like the Crave Wrestling Facebook page.