The match announcement came at the end of the program. New G.M. Brad Maddox opened up RAW and announced that Cena would have the option to pick his SummerSlam opponent. Cena later in the show asked the fans to help him decide. After running through several possibilities the fans all chanted “YES!” and Cena went with the bearded wonder.
The angle wasn’t a huge surprise if you have been following Dave Meltzer’s reports on F4Wonline.com. Meltzer reported after Money in the Bank that the plan was still to go with Bryan vs. Cena for SummerSlam. Meltzer even reported the angle exactly as it was supposed to happen although he mentioned that it was not going to happen Monday.
It was a real risky angle to pull. The WWE got real lucky here as the crowd played into it hook, line, and sinker. I was thinking as Cena ran through the list at how awkward it would be if the crowd went with someone else. In another city they easily could have went with Orton or even Rob Van Dam. It didn’t matter as the angle played out beautifully and the crowd played their part like 15,000+ hired actors.
I have to say that as excited as I am to see the match the set up here was a bit lackluster. The idea that the champion can just pick his opponent is not that exciting unless the champion is a heel and picks one of the enhancement guys or a real underdog. I don’t know what these writers are hired to do if the best they could come up with was this. It reminded me a lot of the lackluster angle used to set up Punk vs. Undertaker.
I have come under fire here for questioning whether Bryan is truly over or not. Regardless of my opinion it appears that the WWE is firmly committed to running with the Bryan ball and that is great news. Cena purposely called him the hottest star in the company to drive the point home. I’d love to see them strike gold here with Bryan. Unfortunately whether Bryan fans want to admit it or not the results will be in the ratings. If Bryan doesn’t lose viewers and gains the way a headliner should, he’ll be over. He’s not over if he can’t and I am sorry to say that. The jury is still out.
This is certainly being set up to be an epic match. If there is anyone that can pull off something special here it’s Daniel Bryan. I can’t imagine Cena and Bryan having anything less than a memorable classic.
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