Cena was absent from Smackdown this week. Then again, he had been absent for over two months before making his return at WWE Hell in a Cell. He defeated Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship. This was one of the few times I was happy that Cena won. Del Rio was the most boring champion I have ever seen (ok, maybe Great Khali was) and Cena brings prestige and focus to the big gold belt.
Cena didn’t stop his impressive week with just that championship win. On Raw, Damien Sandow cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Cena. Sandow attacked the champion, focusing on Cena’s surgically repaired tricep. However, to the surprise of many, Sandow was unsuccessful in cashing in. This was a questionable move in my opinion, but the more time goes on, the more I am dealing with it.
Until last year, every Money in the Bank winner cashed in successfully and became a world champion. There had to come a time where it was not a guarantee. When a WWE superstar wins the Royal Rumble, they earned an opportunity at a world champion. However, the percentage of superstars who have won a world title is not nearly as high as the Money in the Bank winners. Having more superstars who cash in Money in the Bank lose does offer more uncertainty to the situation.
At the same time, Sandow is the total package. He has a great gimmick, amazing mic skills and delivers very entertaining matches with every superstar he steps in the ring with. In fact, one might say his match with Cena was one of the best in his career. One might say that he will eventually be a world champion anyway. Although it was disappointing that Sandow failed in winning this time, he should be a world champion at some point. If that’s the case, this loss won’t be seen as devastating.
As for Cena, some may complain that this just another case of Super Cena. WWE wouldn’t let Cena lose to Sandow. However, don’t forget that until Sandow, Cena was the only one who had failed to cash in successfully. Also, Cena had a terrible 2012, but a very successful 2013.
He may face Alberto Del Rio in a rematch, or perhaps Damien Sandow. I wouldn’t mind seeing a triple threat for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.
Cena will be on Smackdown tonight in what will be his first attempt to bring the blue brand back to relevancy. I don’t think that will ever be the case unless there is a brand split again, but good for WWE for trying. In the end, this week will certainly be the return of the big gold belt.
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