The main event at SummerSlam was barely a wrestling match, and it’s impact was quick and sizable.
Brock Lesnar is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and fans of John Cena will still be getting used to the reality of what they saw in the ring during the so called “biggest fight of the summer”.
Cena was completely and utterly dominated. The champ mustered practically zero offense.
After losing the title in such a drastic and brutal fashion, where do WWE take John Cena from here?
Lesnar delivered sixteen, yes sixteen German Suplexes to Cena during the match, and the second F5 was when the victory count came.
Cheers with ruffled laughter was the reaction of the crowd inside the Staples Center. Most predicted that Lesnar would win, but not many saw the match going the way it did, and certainly everybody was shocked at just how one sided the creative team at WWE decided to script the match.
Fans have never seen John Cena, arguably WWE’s top man, be dominated in such a fashion.
But with Lesnar now as the champ, the question remains over how WWE will book him going forward. Will Lesnar defend the title at the next PPV? And who out of the current roster can you say is legitimate enough to take the title off Lesnar when the time comes?
SummerSlam proved that it isn’t John Cena.
WWE have a brilliant main event set up for SummerSlam, but they have a issue when it comes to deciding the outcome of the match.
Since arriving back into the WWE in 2012, Brock Lesnar has so far only wrestled at four of the PPV’s that WWE produce each year. In a deal reported to be worth $5million, Lesnar only works on a part time schedule.
Brock Lesnar is the hottest commodity in WWE right now, and following ending the famous streak back in April at WrestleMania, the logical next step is for the “beast” to become WWE World Heavyweight champion.
But having a WWE World Heavyweight Champion that only appears every so often would be a bad thing for WWE. If Lesnar is to become champion, WWE are going to have to work out how to make a title holder who works on a part time schedule viable, and also, make the championship picture be a drawcard for fans while working it under part time conditions.
Maybe have Lesnar come back and defend the title at Survivor Series. But what do you do between now and November at the other PPV’s?
It was reported a while ago that WWE planned on having Lesnar become champion at SummerSlam and have the former UFC Champion hold the belt until WrestleMania.
So what to do this Sunday for the WWE writers? What direction will Vince McMahon go with?
John Cena winning and retaining the championship would be the less problematic outcome going forward. But many see Cena as a transitional champion. Having Brock Lesnar win would no doubt be the most popular avenue for WWE to take, but it is hard to see Lesnar being present for a decent title run, unless he becomes a regular every week on Raw, which according to the deal he signed with WWE back in 2012, won’t be an option.
WWE could also go with having Seth Rollins cash in the Money In The Bank contract at the end of the night. This option is a highly likely outcome also.