Thursday, 21 August 2014

Why John Cena can't beat Brock Lesnar

You will never forget where you were the night Brock Lesnar destroyed John Cena at SummerSlam.
It really was that incredible to witness.
The reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion being squashed in the main event of WWE's second biggest PPV of the year - Unbelievable.
Lesnar served Cena up a total of SIXTEEN suplexes and two F5's in one of the most dominant displays in WWE history.

The victory was so convincing that people were beginning to speculate about Cena's WWE status. Was he about to take a break? Was he about to turn heel?
None of the above appears to be the case. In fact Cena and Lesnar will be going head to head all over again in a rematch at Night Of Champions next month.

John Cena cannot and will not win this rematch.

Bold statement, right? But hear me out;

WWE had initially thrown all their chips at Daniel Bryan, giving him the title at Wrestlemania.
They certainly hadn't banked on Daniel Bryan only defending the title once, before requiring neck surgery.
As if that wasn't bad enough, we have since learned that Bryan's neck issues are more complex than first thought.
This left WWE with a big World Champion shaped hole to fill. Someone who could "Pass the torch" so to speak, was required to carry the belts for a few months. Someone WWE knew they could rely on as a safe pair of hands.

That person was always going to be John Cena.

And so it proved to be.

At Money In The Bank, Cena duly climbed the ladder and claimed those two golden belts.
Most of the other competitors in that match were never even in the running.
I'm talking about the likes of Cesaro, Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns.
Their time will come - But now was not the time.

Then at the following PPV 'Battleground', Cena would have to defend his titles in a Fatal Fourway match.
From the minute the match was announced it was obvious he was going to retain, regardless of who his three opponents were going to be.

John Cena was heading to SummerSlam.

So was Brock Lesnar.

In the same way that Cena was always going to win the titles at MITB and retain at Battleground, so he was always going to drop the titles to Lesnar at SummerSlam.
I don't think this is a slight on Cena in any way. In fact, I truly believe that if Daniel Bryan had been Lesnar's opponent at SummerSlam (as was the original plan), he would have put Lesnar over as well.
Lesnar was always going to be the champ heading out of SummerSlam, regardless of who he faced.

So why can't Cena win the rematch at Night Of Champions?

There is no way WWE would put Lesnar over in such a dominant manner at SummerSlam, only for him to lose the title to the very same man at a much less prestigious PPV one month later.

WWE were forced into a Cena title run due to Daniel Bryan's injury. So why would they willingly give the belt back to him if he wasn't part of the original plan?

Finally and maybe most importantly - The fact that Lesnar destroyed John Cena so easily at SummerSlam, makes it nigh on impossible for Cena to convincingly regain the belt only a month down the line.
I'm just not sure that I would be willing to buy into that.

Personally, I think Lesnar is being lined up for the long haul.
As World Champion he is very good for the WWE. He will put butts on seats and get people to sign up for the WWE Network.

Brock Lesnar is money.

With John Cena I think it's fair to say; We've seen it all before.

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