The main event of Summerslam 2014 was built as a real fight between John Cena and Brock Lesnar. It felt like something headlining an MMA card opposed to a professional wrestling event. When it was all said and done, the match itself played out the same way.
Fans expecting the usual Cena comeback are still waiting. It never came. 30 seconds into the match, Brock hit an F-5. The cover only got him a two. This is when the story of the match really began. “You should have took the easy way out Cena! I’m going to kill you!” Brock screamed. The next 15 minutes featured German Suplex after German Suplex, Cena’s head and neck taking an even stiffer blow every time Brock decided to hit another.
It was as close to a decapitation as a wrestling match can get.
Lesnar vs. Cena wasn’t a great wrestling match, but it was everything that makes wrestling great. It was spectacle at its finest. What little offense Cena got in was laughed off by the Beast Incarnate. Brock even managed to mock his last victim by sitting up Dead Man-style, a tremendous callback and foreshadowing of the destruction to come.
Lesnar’s initial return to the WWE was marred by a lackluster feud with Triple H and a head-scratching loss to Cena at Extreme Rules 2012. That is now in the rear view mirror. Since Summerslam 2013, where Brock defeated CM Punk, he has ended the streak and dominated Cena. Brock is the only wrestler to accomplish these feats.
Yes, John Cena has lost, but never in the fashion that took place. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship now resides over the massive shoulders of one of the most indestructible-looking beasts in quite some time. Even the Lesnar character of 2003 would cower at how his 2014 version is booked.
Lesnar should hold the championship until Wrestlemania 31, and there isn’t another event worthy of him getting beat at. The WWE took a huge chance last night. They turned their main event into a squash match and it paid off. They made their superman look human. They made Brock look unbeatable. Who is going to be the David to his Goliath? I don’t know, but the WWE doesn’t need to rush the answer.
In MMA, a main event fight can end with a first-round TKO. The main event of Summerslam 2014 was the professional wrestling equivalent of a first-round knockout. It was fresh, exciting, and it has me clambering to see what could possibly be next.