For most of the past two months, it has been widely believed that Brock Lesnar would defeat John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight championship at SummerSlam.
With their being five days before Cena and Lesnar square off at SummerSlam, Cena’s post-SummerSlam schedule indicates that Cena may not drop the title against Lesnar this Sunday. Cena is currently being advertised to face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight championship at some live events after SummerSlam.
The advertising indicates one of two scenarios.
The first scenario is that Cena successfully defeats Lesnar this Sunday and then Rollins, who holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, makes his presence known in some capacity at Sunday night.
The other scenario is that Rollins successfully cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Sunday night against either Cena or Lesnar. Considering the possibilities of the two, it would seem likely that Cena defeats Lesnar but then loses the title after a Rollins cash-in.
Lesnar is currently scheduled for the Night of Champions Pay-Per View in September and that is what started the speculation that the Beast Incarnate would be winning the title at SummerSlam.
After last night’s Raw, the scenario of Cena defeating Lesnar on Sunday but then losing the title to Rollins seems reasonable.
Cena has emphasized that he likely will be beaten down by Lesnar on Sunday but that will not be enough to take his title away. Cena essentially guaranteed that he would defeat Lesnar at SummerSlam, and typically, a rule of thumb in the WWE is that a face only guarantees something when it is a certainty. Therefore, it’s possible that a beaten down Cena retains the title against Lesnar but Rollins takes advantage of the opportunity and cashes in the contract.
That would explain why Cena and Rollins are currently advertised to square off for the title at post-SummerSlam live events.
That being said, it would seem strange for Lesnar to lose on Sunday. The reason why Lesnar was expected to win the title on Sunday is because it would build him as an unstoppable force that would eventually be brought down by Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31.
Lesnar’s current run with WWE is expected to conclude at the end of September.