Brock Lesnar and John Cena faced the tough task of living up to last month's historic WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam.
And while the rematch at Night of Champions had all the drama of its predecessor, a messy finish led to a deflating ending.
Seth Rollins' failed attempt to cash in his Money in the Bank contract led to a disqualification victory for Cena. So technically, Cena was the one who beat "The One." If nothing else, this will diminish the value of beating Lesnar for the championship outright.
Lesnar's unprecedented undefeated streak in 2014 came to an end on a technicality, and the Internet was none too pleased:
Rollins' interference will almost certainly extend the feud between Lesnar and Cena since the latter earned an inconclusive victory.
The Lesnar-Cena rematch at Night of Champions was more of the same stemming from SummerSlam, in a good way, with a few plot twists sprinkled in for added drama. With Lesnar dominating the offense, Cena's comebacks meant much more.
Fans came unglued for each of Cena's four Attitude Adjustments and were on the edge of their seats as Lesnar struggled to escape Cena's STF. Despite Cena's added offense, the story remained on Lesnar and how he was of a different breed.
"Brock Lesnar is inhuman!" John Bradshaw Layfield exclaimed as Lesnar stood somewhat triumphantly after taking Cena's finisher four times.
But for such a major rematch at a pivotal point in WWE Network's subscriber timeline, the decision to feature a disqualification finish sends the wrong message for paying customers. Headed into Night of Champions, the main event carried such company-altering implications, from Lesnar finally taking a clean loss to a Cena heel turn. This made the actual ending much more disappointing.
The good news, however, is a rematch at WWE Hell in a Cell will present finality. With Cena and Brock tied at 1-1 in their latest trilogy, a match inside Hell in a Cell will prohibit outside interference while guaranteeing a winner in the rubber match.
But with such an underwhelming finish (fans booed angrily as Night of Champions went off the air), WWE must pick up the pieces of the Cena-Lesnar saga moving forward. It will take a more concerted effort to make their next match seem more meaningful than the previous two.