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Brock Lesnar to Face John Cena in Rematch at Night of Champions PPV

The Undertake, top, and Brock Lesnar, bottom, compete during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2014

Brock Lesnar's already got his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense sorted out.

WWE chief operating officer Triple H revealed on Tuesday that Lesnar will fight John Cena in a rematch at Night of Champions on Sept. 21:

Lesnar won the belt at SummerSlam in one of the most surprising results you're ever gonna see in a WWE ring. Many expected Cena to lose. Few expected him to get very little offense, be suplexed 16 times and lie prone on the mat as the pay-per-view faded to black.

To top it all off, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon presented Lesnar with a new title on the Aug. 18 edition of Raw.

It will be interesting to see how the company handles Lesnar's title reign. You wouldn't think that after the totality with which Lesnar beat Cena on Sunday that WWE would turn right around a little over a month later and have Cena win the title back.

Then again, the nature of Lesnar's contract means that he's only committed to attending so many dates during the year, so it's not like the current champion can show up on Raw every week and have a months-long title reign.

And if anybody's gonna beat The Beast, it'll be Cena. The natural arc of this storyline is that Cena is humbled and beaten down and then finds a way to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Lesnar.

Gus Ramsey made the parallel to Rocky III:

The specter of Seth Rollins also looms. In the event Cena does beat Lesnar at Night of Champions, it's entirely possible that Rollins could cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, which would be easier now that Dean Ambrose is out of the picture.

WWE could go in any number of directions with this angle, and that's what makes fantasy booking so much fun.

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