John Cena defeated R-Truth to retain the WWE Championship at Capitol Punishment. And before we go any further, let us be real, for a second. There are undoubtedly fans across the internet complaining about Cena's victory; about how "Super Cena" defeated Truth and how now, all the work that Ron Killings put in over the last month is for nothing. The real "truth" is that R-Truth was never going to beat Cena to become WWE Champion on his first try. And it has absolutely nothing to do with John Cena.
In 2004, John Bradshaw Layfield was in very much the same predicament as R-Truth is today. He was a hot, new, fresh main event villain who had spent the previous year sinking in the mid-card. Then, at Judgment Day 2004, JBL had his first WWE Championship match, an instantly memorable and bloody bout with then-champion Eddie Guerrero. JBL did not leave with the gold but left enough of an impression that he was awarded with the title one at the next Smackdown-exclusive pay-per-view event.
Capitol Punishment was the test-run for R-Truth, to see if the former NWA Champion could perform at a high level in his first pay-per-view main event. From the opening video package to the backstage segments, there was no denying the fact that R-Truth was the most visible star on the show. If Vince McMahon and company had planned on dropping Truth from the main event after losing to Cena, he surely would not have been as featured on the broadcast as he was.
The match itself was solid. Truth was allowed to look like a star and dominated the majority of the contest. The finish, whether this writer was a fan of it or not, played well into the crowd interaction Truth had been engaged in over the last month and served as an entertaining way to conclude the contest. Cena was left standing tall at the end of the night but never did it truly feel as if Truth had been killed off.
I look forward to the next development in the rivalry because, for the first time since JBL, WWE has created a main event heel that is so different from every other character on the roster that fans cannot help but be excited and entertained by his sudden rise. Here's hoping, in the next month or two, that Truth can prove all the "Lil' Jimmies" wrong and capture his first WWE Championship.
Until then, fans, just relax and let the program unfold.