John Cena has held the United States Championship since WrestleMania 31, but it looks like he’ll be fighting for the company’s top prize at the next pay-per-view. While there has yet to be an official announcement, all signs are pointing towards Cena vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2015.
WWE has been building towards a SummerSlam match between Cena and Rollins on the last two episodes of “Monday Night Raw.” Last week, Cena called out Rollins for being a weak WWE World Heavyweight Champion. On Monday, Cena beat Rollins in a match for the U.S. Title, forcing Rollins to tap out to the STF, as Cena finished the match with a broken nose.
Rollins won the belt at WrestleMania 31 when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, inserting himself into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Since then, he’s defended his title against Reigns, Lesnar, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose. His only real clean victory came against Ambrose at the Money in the Bank PPV in June.
Even though Cena currently holds another title, he might be the best option to face Rollins on Aug. 23 in Brooklyn. Rollins won’t have a rematch with Lesnar, who will face The Undertaker in the main event of SummerSlam. Reigns and Ambrose are involved in a feud with Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper, while Orton and Money in the Bank winner Sheamus appear likely to have a rematch at SummerSlam. Kevin Owens burst onto the scene when he made his WWE debut in May, but he won’t get a title shot after losing two consecutive PPV matches to Cena.
There had been rumors in the months leading up to SummerSlam that Rollins would face Triple H at the PPV. But Rollins would need to make a babyface turn in order to make that match work, and he’s still WWE’s top heel less than a month away from the event.
A certain portion of the fan base might bemoan the fact that Cena will, once again, fight for the company’s No.1 title. Cena’s been in the WWE title match at SummerSlam every year since 2011, and another run as WWE champion would tie Cena with Ric Flair as a record 16-time world title holder.
But a feud between Cena and Rollins might be the best thing for WWE. Cena has put on a number of great matches over the last year, and Rollins is one of the company’s best in-ring performers. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker will be the main event of SummerSlam, but Cena vs. Rollins has a good chance to be the best match on the card.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Cena and Rollins have fought at a PPV. Cena was able to keep his position as the No.1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Rollins in a Tables Match at TLC 2014. The following month, Lesnar kept the title by beating Cena and Rollins at the Royal Rumble in one of the best triple threat matches in recent WWE history. Rollins and The Shield also beat the team of Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber 2013.
Rollins might be the favorite to win the SummerSlam match, and there’s a chance he’ll hold onto the WWE World Heavyweight Championship until WrestleMania 32.