John CenaJohn Felix Anthony Cena
- Birthdate: 04/23/1977 (age 37)
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 251 Ib
Cena is known as "the face of the WWE for a lon...
Outside of angles WWE will shoot for this week's SmackDown at the television taping later tonight, we saw the final developments in the main story lines heading into Sunday's WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view.
While I'm quick to dump on WWE when things aren't good, I like to think I'm just as fast in praising them when they do something right and in my opinion, the build to this year's SummerSlam has absolutely been done right.
If you look at some of the stories leading into the "biggest event of the summer," you'll see a lot of angles that feel important and are being treated as such.
The build up to Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt has been somewhat overshadowed, but still an excellent piece of business. I thought in particular, their one-on-one interview on RAW last night was outright awesome.
The Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella build-up has been nothing short of extraordinary. The fight in the crowd several weeks ago. Stephanie McMahon's arrest. The contract signing. And finally, Brie Bella's arrest last night. The promos have been great and the build in general has been excellent in this program.
I could go on down pretty much the entire card. Jack Swagger and Rusev has turned into something meaningful and on a weekly basis garners perhaps the most heat from the fans. Roman Reigns and Randy Orton has been built up pretty well also, especially with the Orton attack on Reigns a few weeks ago. The same can be said for the build up to Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins. They've done some great things with those two, capped off by Ambrose's birthday-present-ambush on "Mr. Money In The Bank" on Monday night.
The main event for SummerSlam, however, has been a particularly strong build up to the point that Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena truly feels like a main event.
The pre-taped package that was filmed along the lines of a UFC Countdown type show from a few weeks ago was brilliantly done. The special that aired last night on the WWE Network, which was basically an extended version of the aforementioned sit-down interviews with Lesnar and Cena, was also an excellent piece of work.
Paul Heyman, to the surprise of no one, has been hitting home runs on a weekly basis on the microphone. As impressive as Lesnar's physical appearance and athletic credentials are, Heyman's verbal ability is on that same level, which combined make for a truly unique package.
And finally the champ himself. When John Cena takes a promo serious and isn't trying to cater to comedic promos that appeals to children, he can really deliver a believable, passionate promo. On Monday's RAW, that's exactly what he did.
When you think back to Lesnar-Cena at WWE Extreme Rules a few years ago, you remember a classic "fight." It wasn't the most technically sound "wrestling match" you'll ever see, but in terms of an entertaining "fight," it absolutely delivered.
Lesnar has been back in pro wrestling mode for a while now and this time, unlike the last time, Cena doesn't have a giant football-shaped lump on his arm to deal with, so the ingredients are there for Lesnar-Cena II to deliver even more so than their original encounter.
And that's exactly what I expect on Sunday night.
WWE SummerSlam is shaping up to be a great show this year and guess what?
.... It's only $9.99! In case you hadn't heard.
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