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“The Big Dog” or “Super Cena?”

Roman Reigns vs. John Cena

Whose yard is it now?

“I can do this part time, better than you could ever do it full time.” Just like that, the two most polarizing superstars in WWE history, Roman Reigns, and John Cena became the center of attention in the wrestling world.

Their showdown, at this year’s No Mercy, will no doubt be hyped beyond belief, but who will ultimately come out on top? What’s the end goal for WWE? Is this their idea of a dream match, or is Cena just the latest superstar chosen to be sacrificed at the altar of Roman Reigns? What’s going to happen if Reigns wins and absolutely nothing changes?

Will Vince McMahon feed one of his most successful characters ever to a guy who just can’t get over with the fans? Or will “The Franchise” take down the most hated wrestler on the planet today, and regain the support of hardcore wrestling fans all over the world? The fact that all these questions exist make it one of the most compelling feuds WWE will produce this year. For the first time in a long time, I’m interested in John Cena, and Roman Reigns. Well done WWE, you’ve got my attention.

If Roman wins.

Will The Big Dog spear another victim?

If WWE puts Roman over in this match, it means they officially view him as their top guy, bar none. It means the days of Cena showing up with his “mythical golden shovel” are truly behind us. It means that no matter how much we boo and complain, Roman isn’t going anywhere. It would symbolize WWE taking a huge crap on its audience. I hate always to be “that guy,” but WE don’t like Roman Reigns. WE don’t accept Roman Reigns, and the only thing that will ever change that is the one thing WWE has already proven they won’t do, turn him heel. WWE executives act as if there’s just some golden feud out there that will change everyone’s opinion of Roman.

I get their logic, have Roman go up against the most hated heel in the company, and make the audience rally behind him in the process. The problem is, there’s no wrestler on the roster that hardcore wrestling fans hate more than Roman Reigns, and he can’t wrestle himself. Ultimately, Roman is in a “lose, lose” situation. If he beats Cena, then the marks (myself included) will just turn their noses at him and say “see, even Cena isn’t safe from Roman.” If he loses to Cena, it’ll make the fans happy, but it’ll also show that the powers that be might be starting to sour on their chosen one. Roman is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. He won’t get any sympathy from me though; I hate Roman Reigns…”Believe That!”

If Cena wins.

Or will we see the return of Big Match John?

If “Super Cena” shows up at No Mercy, and picks up a “W” over Roman Reigns, it can mean one of two things. First, it could mean that WWE has soured on Reigns so much that they had no other option but to go back to the well again. However, it couldn’t also be another weak attempt at getting Reigns over. WWE could see a loss to Cena as the last piece to the Reigns puzzle. They could theorize that losing to Cena might make fans rally behind Roman. I’d say the latter isn’t very likely, but  WWE has attempted dumber things to get Roman over before (retiring Undertaker).

As a hardcore wrestling fan, this feud conjures up mixed emotions. On the one hand, I’m glad someone is finally cutting Roman Reigns down to size. On the contrary, I hate that it’s the fucking “Golden Boy” John Cena doing it. Seeing as how WWE has refused to turn Cena heel for over a decade now, this is the closest he’ll ever get at being a fan favorite again. Cena has nothing to gain from beating Reigns at No Mercy. It won’t bring him that’s elusive 17th World Title reign; it won’t get him anymore over than he already is, and it won’t rid the WWE Universe of Roman Reigns. Don’t expect “Big Match John” to get his hand raised at No Mercy. However, do expect him to carry the entire build up to the match.

This match belongs on a WrestleMania card. We still might see it at WrestleMania next year, but it won’t be for the first time so that it won’t feel as special. Regardless of that, we’re going to see the top star of his era, John Cena, go up against what WWE is hoping will be their next top star, Roman Reigns, in a match that none of us thought we wanted to see. That’s something pro wrestling can do better than any other sport, create a classic moment out of thin air. Whether you’re a member of the “Cenation,” a fan of the “Roman Empire,” or just a guy who hated Cena, and hates Reigns (like me), odds are you’re going to be glued to the screen when this match starts.

No Mercy will air Sunday, September 24th 8 pm EST, Live on the WWE Network.

Wesly Avendano

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WWE Battleground Predictions 2017

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It’s PPV time in WWE, and below we have the full match card with our predictions for WWE Battleground

WWE Championship — Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton (Punjabi Prison Match)

John Cena vs. Rusev (Flag Match)

United States Championship — AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens

Tag Team Championship — The Usos (c) vs. The New Day

Women’s Championship No. 1 Contendership — Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Tamina Snuka (Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match)

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin

Sami Zayn vs. Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis

Breezango vs. TBA

Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English (Kickoff Show)

Predictions:

Bobby Nagel: Aiden English, Mike Kanellis, Baron Corbin, Becky Lynch, New Day, AJ Styles, Rusev, Jinder Mahal

Adam Gregory: Tye Dillinger, Mike Kanellis, Shinsuke Nakamura, Natalya, New Day, John Cena, Jinder Mahal

Wesley Avendano: Tye Dillinger, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Charlotte Flair, New Day, John Cena, Jinder Mahal

Markus Murden: Tye Dillinger, Mike Kanellis, Shinsuke Nakamura, Charlotte Flair, The Usos, AJ Styles, John Cena, Jinder Mahal

Justin Velez: Aiden English, Mike Kanellis, Baron Corbin, Tamina, The Usos, AJ Styles, John Cena, Jinder Mahal

 

Predictions: WWE Money in the Bank 2017

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Tonight’s card, highlighted by the first Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match in the history of WWE:

Kickoff The Colons vs. The Hype Bros

SD Women’s Championship – Naomi (c) vs. Lana

SD Tag Team Championship – The Usos (c) vs. The New Day

WWE Championship – Jinder Mahal (c) vs. Randy Orton

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs.

Carmella vs. Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens vs.

Sami Zayn vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles

Staff Predictions:

Adam Gregory: The Colons, Naomi, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Baron Corbin

Bobby Nagel: The Hype Bros, Lana, The New Day, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Dolph Ziggler

Justin Velez: The Hype Bros, Naomi, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella,  Baron Corbin

Markus Murden: The Colons, Naomi, The New Day, Jinder Mahal, Becky Lynch, Sami Zayn

Wesley Avendano: The Colons, Lana, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Carmella, Kevin Owens