After falling to Kevin Owens at Elimination Chamber two weeks ago, John Cena was able to get one back Sunday night at Money in the Bank when he defeated the NXT champion.
WWE had pictures of the post-match scene:
After the match, Cena had to be helped out of the ring:
Meanwhile, Owens was taunting Cena, via WWE Universe:
WWE Universe provided some of the highlights of the match:
While Owens has long been on the radar of wrestling fans due to his time in Ring of Honor as Kevin Steen, it wasn't until Elimination Chamber that he competed in his debut match for WWE. Many have made a great first impression over the course of WWE history, but perhaps nobody announced their arrival more emphatically than Owens.
The Canadian Superstar immediately picked a fight with Cena, and he managed to pin the 15-time world champion cleanly at Elimination Chamber. Most were aware of the fact that Owens could go in the ring and match Cena move for move, but few expected him to beat Cena in the manner in which he ultimately did.
Winning that match wasn't enough for Owens, though, as he then proceeded to attack the United States champion's character, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:
Not surprisingly, the leader of the Cenation was unwilling to sit idly by while Owens talked trash. As a counter to the brash up-and-comer's verbal barbs, Cena went on to question Owens' manhood:
While Cena has managed to get the better of most of his opponents on the mic over the years, Owens wouldn't let the future Hall of Famer get the last word, especially since he had the upper hand.
Cena seemed to downplay Owens' win at Elimination Chamber and went through with his usual narrative, but NXT's top dog wouldn't allow him to forget what he accomplished in his first match as part of the main roster:
While Cena has gotten knocked down many times over the course of his storied career, he has almost always managed to battle back and ultimately come out on top. Even so, there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding his rematch against Owens.
Despite Cena's track record of getting the better of his opponents over the long haul, many expected Owens to win since WWE is seemingly pushing him as the company's next top heel.
It is easy to envision Owens becoming WWE's top villain in the very near future, but that wasn't enough to prevent WWE Creative from giving Cena the win, as he was able to even up the series at Money in the Bank.
Regardless of Sunday's result, though, the rivalry between Owens and Cena appears to be far from over. Their feud has been built upon personal dislike for each other, and two matches over the course of a few weeks isn't enough to resolve something like that.
With Battleground coming up in July and SummerSlam on the horizon in August, Owens and Cena could very well continue their angle for the next couple of months. There are times when fans grow tired of rivalries when they last for too long, but based upon what the Superstars did at Elimination Chamber and Money in the Bank, that shouldn't be the case with them.
The ongoing conflict between Owens and Cena is the most compelling thing going on in WWE programming right now, and their clash at Money in the Bank solidified that.
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