Outside of a few signs in the Staples Center last night, we were spared the Blood, Urine and Vomit (though there will be more to come, that really is a thing now) but there were no lack of suplexes and no lack of astonishment with how Brock Lesnar dominated WWE posterboy John Cena to win the company’s World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam.
Lesnar is one of the truly unique athletes of today, the only man to hold the top titles as a heavyweight in NCAA Division 1 wrestling, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and multiple times in the WWE, showing his abilities across a variety of stages and in multiple contexts. He may not have much of a vocabulary outside of spouting bodily functions and curse words, but along side him is the best talker maybe ever in the WWE.
This is shaping up to be a pretty awesome time to be a WWE fan with awesome being used in its most clearly defined way — “awe ” — Lesnar is a beast who not anyone who watches sports entertainment would really want it with. You could imagine surviving a beating from Daniel Bryan and most fans may power their way through a confrontation with Cena due to their mostly irrational hatred for him, but Lesnar? How many of us could even take an eighth of those suplexes he offered Cena?
Yes, it was something to see, and whether Lesnar takes on a full-time or his likely part-time schedule as champion, the WWE once again has a central force that is as unexpected, violent and worthy of spectacle as televised wrestling itself is at its best. Now we only have to see if there’s a babyface that exists with enough fortitude to take getting dropped on his head a dozen times by this guy.
If you’ve watched wrestling at any point of your life you know that guy is out there. Lets hope the WWE doesn’t fumble the story that will be told to find that person or that it sacrifices the natural drama that would exist in that story line to merely shill for its network, of which the future of the company hinges more so with than any present or future champion and which seems to need all the help it can get.
Brock Lesnar annihilates John Cena to win WWE World Heavyweight Championship (FanSided)
WWE SummerSlam 2014: What we learned (SB Nation)
WWE SummerSlam 2014: How Twitter reacted to John Cena vs Brock Lesnar (The Independent)
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