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8. Baron Corbin Cashes In
Immediately following his Money in the Bank win, I wrote that Corbin would cash-in at the expense of John Cena. And I’m doubling down on that prediction. The Lone Wolf will cash-in on SummerSlam to prevent Big Match from breaking the all-time title record. The only thing that would garner more heel heat than ending John Cena’s record-breaking reign, would be to prevent it.
Despite his reputation, John Cena has spent his most recent years putting over younger – or newer – WWE talent. Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles immediately come to mind as recent superstars to beat Cena. With Corbin being groomed as the next monster heel (he even eliminated Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble), I expect his elevation to come at the expense of the biggest stars in the company.
The scene is easy to play out. After a hard fought battle against Jinder Mahal, John Cena is able to overcome the champion and the Singh Brothers by delivering a series of Attitude Adjustments. Just as he goes for the cover, the Lone Wolf’s music hits.
A win against one of the company’s biggest talents on the second biggest stage would do wonders for getting heat on Corbin. A long-term feud between the two could be developed in the months leading up to WrestleMania 34.