The Daniel Bryan versus John Cana match at Summerslam is one that many hope will be amazing. Obviously the hope is that it will be, but the doubt of it all is still present. Many believe that Cena can wrestle well enough to make the match memorable. There was never a worry when it came to Bryan of course.
I think the match will play to the strengths of both men. Cena will play toward a story-telling side, with power spots due to his size and entertainment ability. Meanwhile, Bryan will play toward a technical side.
When Cena did big matches with top wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, RVD, and CM Punk, he was able to wrestle in a 5 star match with them. To me, it wasn’t the other wrestler that “carried” Cena. It was the fact that he played toward his strengths during the matches and the others played toward their own.
The question is how will this match go?
I think it’s obvious that it will be the main event match of the night. It is for the WWE Championship after all. That means it will be given a lot of time. I’d say that 40 minutes would be enough time to give the two.
Summerslam is a stacked card, and as a result, we’re going to be seeing a ton of big matches take place anyway. With that being said, will the LA crowd be dead by the time the WWE poster boy and new age Benoit go at it?
With all the questions regarding the crowd, I imagine that the two will involve the crowd a lot more than most matches on the card do to that point. Since Bryan is so over these days, he plays to them frequently in the first place. They get involved most of the time on their own, but Bryan is known to pump them up when need be. Cena is a professional when it comes to the crowds himself.
You may not notice the little things he does to get the crowd back on his side or against him, but the man knows how to work everyone in the room. This is something that makes him very interesting to watch in big matches. You expect him to be the “TV Cena”. However, when the lights shine brightest and the cameras come closer, there may not be a better man who can “turn it on” to make a match amazing currently under the WWE banner than Cena.
CM Punk does well with this too, but Cena can make a total change in style and even wrestling thought in big matches. This is why you want to see what he will do.
In the Bryan/Cena match, we are looking to see if Bryan can win the big one against the face of the WWE. That’s at least how we are getting it marketed to us. But the match, in my eyes, will be the match where we see John Cena show he can hang with another great in-ring talent.
With all of the crap on Cena regarding his “5 moves of doom”, it escapes the average fan’s thought that the man can actually wrestle well.
So the crowd will be interesting to see. Will Cena and Bryan play toward the crowd a lot more than usual or will it be the same as a normal match? It at least is worth a thought that WWE may want them to get a lot more crowd reaction than usual.
Outside of the crowd, you have to market to the people watching live at home. The way to do this is to play to what they want, and that’s the wrestling side.
They are already going to play to the crowd with some minor cheap pop ideas. But just like how Punk pulled a piledriver out of the hat to take out Cena randomly, we may see something we did not expect with Bryan/Cena. This will need to happen throughout the match in order for the people at home to remain invested.
To consider a match great, it doesn’t take much these days. You simply have to do things unexpected or “out of character”. If Cena were to start doing several submissions we’ve never seen him do, or see Bryan do some power moves. Then I think some of...