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John Cena vs. Seth Rollins: Winner and Reaction from 2015 WWE SummerSlam

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2015

WWE Superstar Seth Rollins celebrates becoming the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. WrestleMania broke the Levi’s Stadium attendance record at 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries. (Don Feria/AP Images for WWE)
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On the heels of breaking John Cena's nose a few weeks ago, Seth Rollins once again got one over on WWE's biggest star by winning the title versus title match against him Sunday night at SummerSlam with both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship on the line.

As WWE pointed out, former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ended up assisting Rollins in the win: 

WWE @WWE

JON STEWART JUST HELPED @WWEROLLINS WIN IT ALL! #SummerSlam #TitleforTitle http://t.co/OqaH9zF7Vm

WWE provided a Vine of Stewart's interference of the match: 

The Brooklyn crowd was in a frenzy when the final bell rang, per WWE:

WWE @WWE

The #WWEUniverse reacts! @WWERollins is your #WWE World Heavyweight Champion and U.S. Champion! https://t.co/jRcKmHE2ir

Triple H praised Rollins and took a photo with the champion: 

Triple H @TripleH

An investment in the future. The top guy in the game...@WWERollins #SummerSlam @StephMcMahon http://t.co/v2KSQMhbZ2

WWE and the WWE Universe provided some of the best moments of what was a match that featured plenty of highlights: 

WWE SummerSlam @SummerSlam

BEAUTIFUL #FrogSplash by @WWERollins on @JohnCena! #SummerSlam #TitleforTitle http://t.co/JyqYxCwVy1

WWE Universe @WWEUniverse

THiS JUST HAPPENED! @WWERollins pulled off an #AA on @JohnCena! #SummerSlam #TitleforTitle http://t.co/4C1K1PjJoQ

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Rollins the athlete was really on full display with moves like this one, via WWE SummerSlam:

WWE SummerSlam @SummerSlam

The athleticism is in full effect by @WWE World Heavyweight Champion @WWERollins! #SummerSlam #TitleforTitle http://t.co/roOwNq2VEl

Cena and Rollins did battle several times last year, but they recently reprised their feud when the leader of the Cenation accused the face of The Authority of being a poor champion. That led to a U.S. title match between them on Raw that was won by Cena.

While The Face That Runs The Place was able to retain his belt in that match, Rollins may have been the true winner, as he broke Cena's nose with a brutal knee lift, as seen in this GIF courtesy of WWE Universe on Twitter:

WWE @WWE

INJURY UPDATE: @JohnCena suffers broken nose on #RAW. Details: http://t.co/xNJMN6FzQ4 #USTitle @WWERollins http://t.co/GobpiITghP

That knocked Cena out of action for a few weeks, but Rollins still decided to issue a challenge for SummerSlam, and he did it in grand fashion by suggesting that both titles should be up for grabs.

The former architect of The Shield also took the incident as an opportunity to take shots at Cena while he was on the shelf:

WWE Universe @WWEUniverse

"I am the man who broke the face that runs the place, Mr. #YouCantSeeMe." - @WWERollins http://t.co/fUbxRZVLCf

Although the injury created some measure of doubt with regard to Cena's availability for SummerSlam, anyone who has followed his career was fairly confident he would be good to go by the time the pay-per-view rolled around.

Cena is known for being an extremely quick healer, and knowing that WWE needed him for a marquee match on a four-hour show likely motivated him to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

That is precisely what he did, and it didn't appear as though he missed a beat. Cena has been putting on some of the best in-ring performances of his career since winning the U.S. title, and it certainly wasn't surprising to see him and Rollins perform well together.

There was some apprehension among fans when it came to seeing Cena back in the world title scene in the midst of his great run with the United States Championship, but the match delivered and set the stage for myriad possibilities moving forward.

While Cena and Rollins could continue to feud and string their rivalry out across multiple pay-per-views, it could just as easily have been a one-time deal meant to help sell one of the biggest pay-per-views on the calendar.

Cena and Rollins are two of WWE's top stars from an overall perspective currently, and no matter what the company decides to do with them, they will continue to be a vital part of the card in the coming months. 

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