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Brock Lesnar Decimates John Cena at SummerSlam
Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena at SummerSlam to become the new WWE World Heavyweight champion. That alone was certainly a newsworthy event, but the matter in which Lesnar won shocked the WWE Universe. The Beast Incarnate dominated from bell to bell, and he destroyed the leader of the Cenation like nobody ever had previously.
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After ending The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX, Lesnar had all the momentum in the world entering SummerSlam.
Despite that, many fans were of the belief that Cena would find a way to win since he has overcome the odds so many times over the years. Nothing could have been further from reality, however. Lesnar hit an F-5 within the first minute of the match and proceeded to execute an incredible 16 suplexes over the course of the bout.
There were one or two moments in the match when Cena made a minor comeback, but those bursts of energy were very short-lived. Lesnar made Cena look like an ordinary wrestler rather than one of the biggest stars in WWE history.
Paul Heyman told the WWE Universe that Cena would absorb the biggest beating of his entire life, and Lesnar proved his advocate correct. Truth be told, SummerSlam marked the first time in Cena's illustrious career that he looked overmatched, and that is why this particular bout left a lasting impression.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Despite constant complaining about Cena's dominance, some fans didn't like the manner in which he was destroyed at SummerSlam.
The match obviously wasn't a five-star classic, but it was historic due to the fact that Cena was put in a vulnerable position. Losing in that manner adds some much needed depth to Cena's character, and it truly makes him feel like the underdog leading up to his rematch with Lesnar at Night of Champions.
As for Lesnar as WWE World Heavyweight champion, many are concerned that his status as a part-time Superstar will detract from the title's prestige. Even if Lesnar holds the title for a significant amount of time and only wrestles at pay-per-views with sporadic appearances in between, WWE can make it work. If anything, vying for the No. 1 contendership would be able to replace the title on weekly programming in terms of the most important thing on the show.
Also, Lesnar is such a big draw that it will feel special every time he does step into the ring. WWE still has options, such as having Lesnar vacate the title and take time off if he so chooses. If nothing else, Lesnar as champion is something different from the status quo of Cena, and that should be exciting for wrestling fans.
Backstage News on Lesnar's Jab at Hulk Hogan (PWInsider Elite via WrestlingInc.com)
Breaking Down WWE SummerSlam
The main event between Lesnar and Cena at SummerSlam is something that will be talked about for years to come, but the rest of the card was strong as well. It looked like an extremely deep event leading up to it, and SummerSlam didn't disappoint in that regard. From good in-ring work to some shocking moments, SummerSlam delivered as a whole.
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Aside from Lesnar's destruction of Cena, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Nikki Bella turning on her sister and helping Stephanie McMahon defeat Brie Bella.
Nikki turning was considered a distinct possibility, but many dismissed it when Stephanie attacked her a few weeks prior to SummerSlam. As she said on Raw, Nikki wanted to get retribution against her "selfish" sister, and she ultimately sold out much like Seth Rollins.
Speaking of Rollins, he defeated Dean Ambrose in a chaotic Lumberjack match. Rollins and Ambrose did everything they could to make that match a success, but they were saddled with a poor stipulation.
They proceeded to have one of the best matches of the entire year the next night on Raw in a Falls Count Anywhere match, but both Superstars deserve a lot of credit for working hard and making lemonade out of the lemons they were given at SummerSlam.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Bray Wyatt finally got his revenge at SummerSlam against Chris Jericho. After losing to Y2J at Battleground, most assumed that Wyatt would get one back. That ended up being the case, although Wyatt didn't put forth a particularly strong performance. He went over clean without help from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, though, which is something that should help his credibility moving forward.
Another case of a rising star beating an established veteran was Roman Reigns' win against Randy Orton. Although the match left a little to be desired, Reigns didn't look out of place against a future Hall of Famer, and he deserves a great deal of credit for his selling, which is something that not all top faces are willing to do.
There were also a couple other title changes on the card. Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and Paige took the Divas Championship off AJ Lee.
In terms of newsworthiness, SummerSlam ranks up there among the top pay-per-views of the past few years. It wasn't a perfect event by any means, but it was certainly effective in setting up some interesting angles for the fall.
Backstage News on Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho (PWInsider Elite via WrestlingInc.com)
RRR Interview with WWE's Paul Heyman
Ever since his time as the mastermind behind ECW, Paul Heyman has been viewed as one of the greatest minds in the wrestling business. Although Heyman is no longer involved with the booking and running of a wrestling company, he is still a huge part of the product.
Heyman is doing an incredible job on WWE programming on a weekly basis and has plenty going on outside the ring as well. In a recent interview with Ring Rust Radio, The One Behind the One in 21-1 talked about all that and more.
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It can be argued that there has been no better dynamic between a wrestler and an advocate in the history of professional wrestling than the one between Heyman and Lesnar. Since Lesnar is perhaps the most dominant and impressive athlete to ever step foot in a WWE ring, he was destined for stardom. With that said, promo work certainly isn't his biggest strength, but it doesn't need to be with Heyman by his side.
Heyman helped make Lesnar a star when he debuted in WWE, and he continues to add to the legend of Lesnar today. Even though Lesnar was gone for a few months after ending The Undertaker's streak, nobody forgot about it because Heyman reminded the WWE Universe every week. Heyman also made it clear that The Conquerer would dominate Cena, and that came to fruition as well.
With Heyman telling fans what will happen and Lesnar actually making it happen, they are the best act in wrestling right now.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Heyman had plenty to say about Lesnar's dominance during his interview with Ring Rust Radio, and he even discussed the next step for his client after beating Cena. Of course, Lesnar will first have a rematch against the former champ at Night of Champions, but Heyman envisions a number of challengers possibly stepping up to the plate after that.
I see Brock Lesnar defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against all comers. That could mean Randy Orton, that could mean Seth Rollins, that could mean Roman Reigns, that could mean Dean Ambrose, that could mean Big Show, that could mean Daniel Bryan. If there is anyone that wants to step up and try to take the title away, because that's the key. You're not going to just luck a victory over Brock Lesnar. You're going to have to beat Brock Lesnar in order to take the championship from him.
No matter what Lesnar and Heyman do in the coming months, it is safe to assume that it will be entertaining. Heyman is the best promo man in the business right now, and certainly one of the best ever as well. He is an invaluable asset to WWE, and keeping him close to the main event scene for the foreseeable future is a great way for WWE to ensure that the product will remain interesting.
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Ring Rust Radio's Season 5 Final Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 435
2. Donald Wood: 362.5
T3. Brandon Galvin: 147.5
T3. Tom Kinslow: 147.5
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