Multiple months have passed without a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match on pay-per-view, and nobody has had to scramble for relevancy more than John Cena and Seth Rollins.
Rollins, the current Money in the Bank winner, has been rendered a walking empty threat without the presence of a WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
No Brock Lesnar means no scenario where Rollins could become a world champion in a moment's notice. Part of the allure of Money in the Bank is that it makes the incumbent matter at all times. But without Lesnar, the briefcase is virtually invisible.
John Cena will never be invisible as long as he's an active wrestler. As a current No. 1 Contender in waiting, however, he clung to yet another feud against The Authority. Now that The Authority has been ousted from WWE, Rollins represents the last remnants of a once-powerful stable.
As per The Wrestling Observer Newsletter on WrestlingInc.com, with WWE doing everything they can to keep both Cena and Rollins afloat until the WWE World Heavyweight Championship restores their luster, it's only fitting that the two face each other in the final pay-per-view before Lesnar is expected to end his hiatus.
The Tables Match stipulation works for this encounter since the loser will only have fallen through a table rather than get pinned or be forced to submit. Rollins would have likely received assistance from J and J Security in the event of a win, further protecting Cena. If Rollins has a good match against WWE's top star—as is expected—before falling through a table, nobody would hold it against him.
Whether it's Rollins or Cena who does the honors, the damage will only be minimal. Both will be able to retain momentum just in time for WWE to add layers to their characters, with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship back in the title picture.
Even if Cena loses the match, thereby losing his status as the No. 1 Contender, he's still intriguing headed into the Royal Rumble. Whether he enters the Royal Rumble to scrap with 29 other WWE Superstars or receives his final title shot against Lesnar, Cena is still a desperate, vulnerable contender, which is when he does his best work.
With WWE's only full-time superstar considered a major draw facing off against an up-and-comer trying to get there, a Tables match is an ideal scenario.