SummerSlam was not the story of a champion beating the odds and overcoming adversity; it was the obliteration of the former champion, and the dawn of a new era. After sixteen German suplexes and a polarizing F-5, Brock Lesnar conquered John Cena and became the new WWE World Heavyweight champion. The following night on RAW, Paul Heyman decreed that the Cenation was dead. So why, one week after the seemingly demise of WWE’s protagonist, did Cena come back to RAW to unleash his “aggression” on Bray Wyatt and the rest of the Wyatt Family?
In the 2007 animated film Doomsday, when Doomsday pulverized Superman so badly that he “killed” him. Superman remained out of the picture for a long time, letting the bleak setting to sink in that the champion of the people was gone and he was never coming back. Of course Superman eventually does come back stronger than before and goes fist to fist with Doomsday; but the point in that proper storytelling calls for a stretch of time to allow the results of a big confrontation to sink in.
The return of John Cena was in part to blame by Triple H who made the grandiose announcement on WWE Main Event that John Cena had exercised his rematch clause for Night of Champions; but the way Cena carried himself on RAW was largely to blame on Vince McMahon. Rather than have Bray Wyatt continue to display his dominance after a strong performance against Chris Jericho at SummerSlam; Super Cena goes through “The Eater of Worlds” in a tune-up match instead. Vinnie Mac is so frightened and has such little confidence in the WWE Universe, he felt that Cena had to come out strong so as not to lose the Cenation fan base.
Vince McMahon might be a lot of things, but a storyteller isn’t one of them. At least when Brock ended The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania, the Deadman had enough common sense to remain off camera. But John Cena, who endured sixteen times more punishment than The Phenom, hastily came back in a hubris attempt to convince all the doubters that he will not fail again.
What Vince and Co. should have done was keep John Cena away from the WWE, at least until the Survivor Series. Then at Night of Champions and at Hell in a Cell, have The Beast go through former WWE champions: Big Show, Sheamus, Randy Orton, etc. Then after all seemed lost, have John Cena come back in a blaze of faded glory to once again try his hand against The Conqueror.
Answer this question: What happens after Brock Lesnar destroys John Cena again at WWE Night of Champions? Who would dare oppose The Beast Incarnate?
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