Sunday night, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, John Cena and Brock Lesnar take part in “The Biggest Fight of the Summer”, as they battle for Cena’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE this past January, Paul Heyman proclaimed him as the #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, because who could possibly deserve a shot more than him?
Well, at the Royal Rumble, Lesnar defeated Big Show in a singles match, while Batista won the Royal Rumble to become the actual #1 Contender.
Lesnar went away for a couple of weeks, returning the night after Elimination Chamber. Him and Heyman came out with an open contract from The Authority, to make any match they wanted for WrestleMania XXX, just not the title match. Lesnar and Heyman thought this was unacceptable, but weren’t being completely unreasonable. Heyman was explaining that Lesnar was willing to beat Batista for the #1 Contender’s spot, when The Undertaker came out.
As we all know, ‘Taker and Lesnar would sign the contract, and Lesnar would go to WrestleMania and become the only man to ever beat ‘Taker on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Heyman has been around since then, never failing to remind anybody of Lesnar’s historic victory, but Lesnar has been away for a couple of months. Lesnar just recently returned on Raw, to offer his services to Triple H, and take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from John Cena. Triple H accepted this offer, and the match was made.
Since then, Cena and Lesnar have only met once, with Lesnar crashing Hulk Hogan’s birthday party this past Monday, and Cena coming out to make sure that Lesnar didn’t get physical with any of them. Cena seemed like he was ready to fight Lesnar, but wouldn’t make the first move, and possibly showed a little fear of Lesnar.
What will happen when Lesnar and Cena meet for WWE’s most important title? Here are the Daily DDT staff’s predictions:
Rob Wolkenbrod’s Take: I’m very excited for this match. While they haven’t been on programming consistently, it’s still been an entertaining build for the feud.
WWE can’t ruin this momentum for Lesnar that he’s had since WrestleMania XXX. The Beast Incarnate is the top heel in the company right now and more over than he has ever been in his career. From all of that I think he will win and carry the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for awhile. Unfortunately, I see a scenario as well with Cena beating Lesnar once again, but it’s less likely to happen in my opinion. Either way, it will be a fun match that leaves both men beaten and barely able to move by the time it’s over. Brock Lesnar wins via pin-fall.
Rob’s Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Stephen Ajamie’s Take: I am all in for the Brock Lesnar title reign, so I’m going with Brock Lesnar to win this match and dominate the match as well. I know it’s bad to bet against John Cena in this situation, but there had to be some reasoning for Brock to beat The Undertaker this year, and that’s why the next step is to take the title and hold it for a bit. Then come around to next year’s Mania when someone knocks it off Brock. That’s right, I’m predicting Brock will hold the title that long. Who cares about contracted dates for Brock? WWE will find some way to make this work.
Stephen’s Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Jordan Campbell’s Take: For the longest of time, I thought that Lesnar would definitely be taking the WWE World Heavyweight title from John Cena at SummerSlam. But after Raw last Monday, I began doubting myself. Raw gave off the feel that Cena was going to defeat Lesnar at SummerSlam. But, Cena winning does not make any sense whatsoever. For Lesnar to end The Undertaker’s Streak at WrestleMania then lose to Cena in his next match, that would be spitting on the face of everything that Undertaker has done at WrestleMania. Lesnar won at WrestleMania to build up his credibility for a title reign. That would be why, despite recent indications, Lesnar will be winning on Sunday.
Jordan’s Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Marcus Hagness’ Take: Ahh, the match that the internet is going to freak out over no matter what happens.
Here is the reaction to a John Cena victory:
“Oh my god, Cena wins again. Wow. So predictable. I’m done with WWE.” – The fan who will watch Raw on Monday.
And if BRRRRROOOOCKKK LESSSSNARRR is victorious:
“Are you kidding me? He’s a part-timer. So stupid. Why won’t they push Dolph Ziggler? I’m so done with WWE.” – Another fan who will watch Raw on Monday.
The WWE is literally damned if they do and damned if they don’t to a large portion of their fanbase. Nothing is ever good enough, everything is stupid and predictable, and after every pay-per-view those fans are “done with WWE forever”. Then they always come back, spend more money on WWE and the wheel keeps turning. It’s beautiful really.
So after my mini-promo there I’ll get into the actual match. As of right now this is a regular, one-on-one singles match. No gimmicks, no special rules, just a match. I can’t imagine a world where Cena walks out of SummerSlam with the title. My biggest reasoning is because of Lesnar’s last match. If Lesnar comes off beating The Streak to losing a title match to Cena, in my opinion, that makes Cena look bigger than The Streak. It makes The Streak look meaningless.
They need to bill Lesnar as an unstoppable force of destruction and put him on a run for a decent amount of time after giving him that honor. I’m excited to see this match to see the different feats of strength by both men, the physicality, and honestly to see the finish. Lesnar doesn’t cheat to win and in case you forgot, Cena put Daniel Bryan over clean last year and re-iterated that fact the following night on Raw to make it clear. He’s not above losing a match clean.
The best way to build up Lesnar as the monster heel he is, is to have him go over Cena clean and mess him up in the process. It’d be great if Cena was written off TV for the following week to give Heyman more stuff to spew out on Raw the following night.
Marcus’ Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Brian Rzeppa’s Take: In what may be the easiest match on the card to predict, “The Beast Incarnate” should walk out of this one with the championship belt around his waist. After taking down The Undertaker and his undefeated Streak a few months ago at WrestleMania, it would be far too soon for the WWE to book him to lose.
While it’s never a good idea to bet against Cena, I can pretty safely say that Lesnar will leave SummerSlam as the new champion.
Brian’s Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Mike Smith’s Take: Brock Lesnar is not losing at SummerSlam. It’s a fact that Lesnar needs this win and a run with the title.
Cena will obviously have some moments where he looks like he’s going to win this match, he is still the top guy. However, when this match is over, we will get the image we were supposed to get at Extreme Rules 2012, Lesnar standing tall, and Cena on his back.
Mike’s Prediction: Brock Lesnar
So, all 6 of us are picking Brock Lesnar. Are you with us? Or do you think the champ will still be here on Raw this coming Monday? Let us know in the comments section.