By John Napolitano
The Los Angeles Staples Center witnessed history in the form of Brock Lesnar conquering the 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena for the strap this past Sunday at SummerSlam.
Never before have we seen the utter decimation of the ever-resilient Cena on a grand stage in the fashion that took place on August 17th. The incoming champ and face of WWE generated literally no offense in his losing effort against The Beast Incarnate. The new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and torchbearer for the company is partial to limited television appearances and ludicrous paychecks, which completely contradicts the role of the champion. Therefore, we should expect a dramatic redefinition of the WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s role within WWE.
Cena’s immediate creative direction will be quite interesting considering he has never been annihilated in such a manner by anyone in his illustrious career. Instances of Cena losing cleanly are few and far between so anytime The Leader of the Cenation has to rationalize his sheer inadequacy results in cutting edge content.
It has become apparent that WWE is looking to march into Santa Clara, California, for WrestleMania with Lesnar as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. That would entail a seven-month championship reign with limited appearances and the problematic task of maintaining relevancy with the WWE Universe. Regardless of how WWE prepares to tread the next 223 days until WrestleMania, Lesnar will undoubtedly propel the roof off of Levi’s Stadium with whomever he tangles.
SummerSlam also featured superb matches between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins. These explosive rivalries will carry WWE into the latter half of 2014 and create bona fide stars along the way. With the changing of the Divas, Intercontinental, and WWE World Heavyweight Championships, enthralling matches from start to finish, and great storylines to boot, SummerSlam 2014 is a legitimate contender for one of the greatest SummerSlams of all-time.