Brock Lesnar's Victory Could Be Best Thing to Happen for John Cena's Career
When Brock Lesnar was scheduled to take on John Cena this past weekend at SummerSlam, we figured Brock was going to walk out of the arena with the title. However, did any of us actually expect the one-sided massacre that befell the man considered one of the greatest WWE Champions in history?
Nobody saw this coming. And it was the best thing that could have happened to John Cena.
I am not an anti-Cena guy. Far from it. I've been a huge supporter of his from back in the "Thuganomics" days, but even I recognize that it was time for a change.
How many times have we seen John Cena come out and perform what we call the "Super Cena" routine? He gets knocked around for several minutes and then comes back out of nowhere to win. The alternative is having Cena lose in a big match and then he comes back a few weeks later to win because of "Hustle, Loyalty and Respect."
Eat, Sleep, Suplex, Repeat. John Cena gets thrown around the ring on Sunday as if he was Zack Ryder wrestling Mark Henry.
He hit and Attitude Adjustment and Lesnar was first on his feat. He laughed at him. Cena hits the STFU and Lesnar breaks the hold and beats him down.
No comeback, no defense of the ideals he holds dear. Instead...F5, cover, 1-2-3 and Brock Lesnar is the Undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion.
In one match, Cena went from virtually unbeatable to being just another Superstar. And that is what has been needed for a while.
Cena is arguably in the 2nd half of his career now and the number of years he can realistically carry the company on his shoulders are waning. This defeat allows the WWE a way to start molding other wrestlers to come in without really taking away from John.
Sure, John will come back and probably win the title at least a half dozen more times before he retires. However, now he can be portrayed as more human and beatable and that will actually help his future matches.
One thing that made Ric Flair a beloved champion is his great rivalries with other wrestlers. Whether it was Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat or Sting, he had another top wrestler who could not only compete, but also beat him.
Brock Lesnar didn't just defeat Cena. He killed Cena as we know him. The future John Cena will still be tough as nails, but now is a respected wrestler that can be beaten.
He can take it as good as he dishes it out and in the end, I believe that fans will begin to respect Cena more as a performer
The only way that this could work out better for Cena was if he were to return and turn heel. Of course, I don't see that happening but then again, nobody expected what we saw this past Sunday.