Just two weeks after Kevin Owens pinned John Cena clean in the middle of the ring at Elimination Chamber, the two will rematch in one of the featured bouts at tonight's Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
John Cena: Who thinks he's a real man because he doesn't judge people by the color of the clothes they wear (even though that's happened) and fights for sick kids everywhere.
Kevin Owens: Who is just as tired of Cena as all those who make clear how tired of him they actually are and is here to both usher in a new era and take Cena's place as the hero for his own kiddo.
Owens arrived on the scene on the main WWE roster during one of Cena's US title open challenges, electing to make an impact by knocking the champion down a peg. Then he did it again the next week. Then, to the shock of everyone, he went into Elimination Chamber and defeated Cena without any help, or outside interference, or shenanigans.
Nothing. He didn't cheat, as heels are wont to do. He just went out and beat Cena up before pinning him, just like that.
This is John Cena we're talking about, though, and because that match was such a success, it's time to run it back, even if it's rushed. The angle they're working this time is that Owens is unsatisfied with the fact that his son looks up to Cena as his hero instead of his own father, and he wants to teach his son a lesson on who he should be cheering for.
Guys who say what they mean and do what they say.
Cena, meanwhile, is fighting for what he's always fought for against the latest evildoer attempting to oust him.
What to expect
Unlike the first encounter, the outcome of this match seems obvious. Again, this is John Cena we're talking about, a man who has lost clean all of 10 times in as many years. Do we really think he's going to do a job like that, after getting laid out in consecutive weeks, and not get his win back at the bigger PPV event?
Members of the WWE creative team may understand that Cena winning here won't do a damn bit of good for anybody, and his losing here won't diminish his star power one bit. The right decision, what's best for business, as Triple H might say, seems obvious.
Owens should go over.
The trouble is Vince McMahon is the guy with the final say and John Cena is the goose who has laid enough golden eggs to give him unprecedented protection. Cena is who he is in part because while he may have done the job the first time around, he almost certainly won't do it a second time.
But who knows, maybe yet another surprise is in store.
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