Lesnar is coming off an unprecedented one-sided victory over Cena at SummerSlam, which will drum up discussion as to what Cena can possibly do to rebound in September.
Leading up to his rematch against Lesnar, Cena will likely question himself, apologize to his fans, tease retirement and maybe even lose his smile. But as WWE Creative puts the pieces of Super Cena back together, the last thing he should do is beat Lesnar.
To say WWE has something special on its hands with Lesnar and manager Paul Heyman is an understatement. Not only is Heyman doing the best work of his career, cementing himself as the greatest manager (of established stars) of all time, but Lesnar is on a roll that no WWE Superstar has enjoyed in the modern era.
Lesnar’s past two victories have been accompanied with shock, awe, disbelief and, most importantly, dominance. Lesnar's WrestleMania and SummerSlam wins were so monumental, people have forgotten that he squashed the Big Show in the months prior. His evolution has been downright scary.
Lesnar was the youngest WWE champion of all time following his WWE Undisputed Championship win over The Rock in 2002. During that match, also at SummerSlam, Rock guided Lesnar to a good wrestling match that saw several instances of interference from Heyman.
Following Lesnar’s big win, Wade Keller of PWTorch wrote, “Brock came through well in his first true big test as a headliner, and a lot of the credit goes to Rock.”
It was your standard main event wrestling match. At no time did any of it seem real.
Fast forward to SummerSlam, present day, where Lesnar’s maiming of Cena was akin to a bout sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. I was live at Staples Center during the Cena squash, and every suplex created a strange mix of anti-Cena cheers and overarching concern.
“I thought this wasn’t supposed to be real,” a concerned little girl in the row behind me said to her father.
One didn’t have to be a child to get sucked into the reality aspect of Lesnar pounding Cena. This match was booked as a former heavyweight champion shootfighter taking on a WWE Superstar.
And that’s exactly how it played out.
The man once recognized as the youngest WWE champion in history was not in that ring. UFC Brock was, and Cena didn’t stand a chance. Lesnar exclusively using the suplex to diffuse Cena was akin to legitimate MMA strategy.
Once a fighter, and his corner, finds a weakness in his opponent, he hones in on the weakness and exploits it until the fight is stopped. There was no need for the excessive variety of moves that many hardcore fans lusted after during this summer’s G1 Climax tournament.
Lesnar is too real for that.
Lesnar’s blistering surge into the WWE title picture started at WrestleMania, and that’s exactly where it should end.
WWE has continued to garner media attention from Lesnar’s wins. “He just destroyed Cena, hitting one German Suplex after another,” wrote Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times. With each victory comes a revised chapter in the book of wrestling.
Lesnar is justifying his high price tag by rewriting history.
He's a white-hot crossover star during a crucial time in WWE’s business. Any loss at a venue less prestigious than WrestleMania would be an affront to wrestling lore.
Exposure was the name of the game coming out of SummerSlam. Cena was exposed by the German suplex, while Lesnar’s unique win created more mainstream exposure for WWE. It’s too early to end this compelling saga next month at Night of Champions.
If WWE truly wants to do justice to Undertaker’s recently ended WrestleMania streak, it must provide the correct platform for Lesnar’s own streak to end. The only platform fitting for Lesnar’s eventual loss is WrestleMania 31.
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