Since elevating the visibility of the United States Championship, John Cena has had a number of fantastic matches. And yet, out of these challenges, future main eventers are being revealed.
John Cena’s first challenger Dean Ambrose actually held the WWE World Heavyweight championship for a number of weeks after defeating Seth Rollins. Of course that match was won via disqualification. And by held, I mean that Ambrose held the belt hostage. But the insane crowd reaction from Corpus Christi when they thought Ambrose won the WWE championship is a testament that he’s already at that main event level.
Then there’s Sami Zayn, the very first talent still contracted under NXT. Despite having the home field advantage, and the introduction by WWE Hall Of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart, unfortunately for the former NXT champion, he suffered from a tweaked shoulder, which he is still recovering from. Yet, Zayn put on a killer performance and generated quite a buzz in the WWE Universe. So when he does come back, brace yourselves for a more focused Sami Zayn. More focused than he was against Kevin Owens.
Speaking of Kevin Owens… Although he does have two matches against Cena under his belt at 1-1, WWE Battleground will be the first time the United States championship will be on the line. And I can smell a new champion.
And let’s not forget one of John Cena’s greatest U.S. Challenge combatants to date, Neville. The Man that Gravity Forgot is not someone Cena is likely to forget anytime soon. Especially because Cena was seconds away from losing the title to Neville after he connected with the Red Arrow. However, it was a disqualification victory after Rusev interfered. Now, if Neville was able to go the distance with John Cena, his rise to the main event scene is only a matter of time.
And finally we had the “Swiss Superman” Cesaro making the most of the psychological warfare set up by Kevin Owens (Video Below). And while Brock Lesnar has taken his opponents through Suplex City, Cesaro took Cena through European Uppercut City! From a pop-up European Uppercut, a flying European Uppercut against the corner, to a flurry of European Uppercuts on a worn-down Cena, The Champ was dazed and confused. Cesaro even implemented the Sharp Shooter in honor of his Tag Team partner Tyson Kidd who’s recovering from neck surgery. But in similar fashion to what happened to Neville, Cesaro lost his opportunity on becoming a 2-time United States champion after Owens attacked him, claiming that if anyone was going to beat Cena for the US Title, it would be him.
Again, the John Cena U.S. Open Challenge has not just been about making the United States championship relevant, but about showcasing and revealing the future main event players in the WWE. And with guys like Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Neville and Cesaro, the future of the WWE is bright.
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