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John Cena's unbelievable main event streak is ending at No Mercy

In June 2014, John Cena was approaching the end of a rivalry with Bray Wyatt that spanned 3 consecutive pay-per-view (PPV) events, yet none of those matches headlined their respective cards. The idea of John Cena wrestling on the undercard of three straight PPVs was so unheard of that Cageside Seats looked into John Cena’s stranglehold on WWE’s main event scene, and going back to 2005, only one other streak of three consecutive PPVs existed where Cena wrestled on the undercard.

However it didn’t take long for John Cena to once again squeeze his iron grip around the main event scene once his feud with Bray Wyatt was finished. Daniel Bryan was injured in the Summer of 2014, and Cena ended up main eventing 5 of the next 6 PPVs, culminating with a Team Cena versus Team Authority match at Survivor Series 2014. The Bray Wyatt feud was clearly just a fluky thing and it was back to the same old shit.

So here we are nearly two years later and John Cena is about to main event No Mercy 2016. Why is this such a big deal?

It’s a big deal because John Cena hasn’t main evented a single PPV since Survivor Series 2014!

Here is the full list of every single PPV main event in that time span.

  1. Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt (TLC 2014)
  2. Royal Rumble match (Royal Rumble 2015)
  3. Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns (Fastlane 2015)
  4. Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 31)
  5. Seth Rollins vs Randy Orton (Extreme Rules 2015)
  6. Seth Rollins vs Orton vs Ambrose vs Reigns (Payback 2015)
  7. Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (Elimination Chamber 2015)
  8. Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (Money in the Bank 2015)
  9. Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar (Battleground 2015)
  10. Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (SummerSlam 2015)
  11. Seth Rollins vs Sting (Night of Champions 2015)
  12. Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell 2015)
  13. Roman Reigns vs Dean Ambrose (Survivor Series 2015)
  14. Sheamus vs Roman Reigns (TLC 2015)
  15. Royal Rumble match (Royal Rumble 2016)
  16. Brock Lesnar vs Reigns vs Ambrose (Fastlane 2016)
  17. Triple H vs Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 32)
  18. Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles (Payback 2016)
  19. Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles (Extreme Rules 2016)
  20. Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins (Money in the Bank 2016)
  21. Dean Ambrose vs Rollins vs Reigns (Battleground 2016)
  22. Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton (SummerSlam 2016)
  23. Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles (Backlash 2016)
  24. Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins (Clash of Champions 2016)

There is another streak that is apparent when studying the above list: every single one of these 24 PPVs was main evented by at least one of Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, or Dean Ambrose. And their collective main event streak (which started at Payback 2014, and currently consists of 31 straight PPVs) will be extended because Dean Ambrose is going to wrestle in the main event of No Mercy 2016.

However, for the first time in nearly two years spanning 24 PPVs, John Cena is going to wrestle in the main event of a WWE PPV, and this is a pretty huge deal.

What do you think about this, Cagesiders? Does the presence of brand-only PPVs mean that John Cena is going to main event the overwhelming majority of SmackDown Live PPVs that he wrestles on? Or do you think John Cena is shuffling right back down the card once No Mercy 2016 is in the books?

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