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WWE Night of Champions 2014 match card: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena preview

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The match

Brock Lesnar defends his WWE world heavyweight championship in the main event in a straight up singles match against John Cena in a rematch from SummerSlam last month.

The players

Brock Lesnar: The WWE world heavyweight champion, he dominated Cena at SummerSlam to win the title in convincing fashion. In fact, he may have won the belt in the most destructive manner in its history.

John Cena: The former WWE world heavyweight champion who absolutely had his ass handed to him at one of the biggest shows of the year. He's been on the warpath ever since, eager to avenge such a soul crushing defeat.

The feud

We covered the feud leading up to SummerSlam here. What happened at that event was downright shocking. Lesnar, in his first match after beating Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania, utterly decimated Cena to the tune of 16 suplexes, multiple F-5's, and a clean pinfall in the center of the ring.

And he did this while taking almost no offense from Cena.

Naturally, the focus of the build to the rematch was on whether or not there should even be a rematch. As stated, Cena was destroyed at SummerSlam. How much could possibly change in the span of a month to make him any more prepared to take on a seemingly unstoppable beast?

As it turns out, nothing. WWE continued hammering home the message that Cena is passionate, had him win a few matches in dominant fashion, and then gave him the upper hand in the one physical confrontation between the two in the time between the two matches.

That angle was a damn good one, and set up the story that Cena can win this match, but it will require Lesnar taking his eyes off the prize, if only for a second. Cena is once again the underdog, and the odds are as long as the odds can be for a wrestler of his standing.

What to expect

I don't know.

And that's a good thing.

There's little doubting this match will look wildly different than the first. Even if he loses, Cena will put up an actual fight this time around and it's not crazy to think he may actually win the title back.

Either way, Lesnar will put Cena through the ringer and we're likely going to be treated to a brutal match that looks much more like their encounter back at Extreme Rules 2012.

Will it have the same finish?

Stay tuned.

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