This Sunday at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, John Cena will compete in the main event once more as he challenges Brock Lesnar for his WWE world heavyweight championship.
The second clash between the pair for the championship is expected to be the final one before both men move on to different feuds.
The Big Show has been rumoured to be the next realistic challenger to Lesnar’s title and a match between the pair with the gold on the line could take place as soon as the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
For Cena, his next feud could be triggered after or even during his match this Sunday, as the WWE are rumoured to be preparing to pair him with Rusev.
Rusev has been in an underwhelming feud with Mark Henry but if the rumours surrounding the imminent rivalry with Cena are true, then the WWE bookers can be forgiven for feeding Henry to Rusev as he steps up to take on the face of the company.
Rumours of a feud between the two have been circulating for months, but now it looks as if the WWE will definitely have Rusev step up to the big time alongside Lana who will have no problem in drawing heat from the audience.
Rusev set to become a main event star
This past week on Monday Night Raw, Vince McMahon decided to save his two biggest stars – Lesnar and Cena – for when it was half-time during Monday Night Football. This meant Henry, Rusev and Lana would be closing the show and it is safe to say it was an underwhelming and flat ending to the go-home edition of Raw with Night of Champions less than a week away.
However, this wasn’t done for the sole purpose of accommodating Cena and Lesnar as well as boosting ratings during half-time. It is believed that the WWE had Rusev close the show so they can set him up as the next big challenger to Cena and is a sight we could be getting more and more accustomed to in the near future as McMahon is very high on Rusev, Lana and this controversial yet entertaining gimmick.
A number of options
As we mentioned earlier this month, there are a couple of rumoured options for the main event at Night Champions. Firstly, it remains obvious that Rusev will be defeating The World’s Strongest Man and could even remain unbeaten towards WrestleMania 31; where he is expected to compete in a big-name match.
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Seth Rollins is a name that has cropped up time and time again since this rematch was announced, and if Cena does defeat Lesnar then it is expected he won’t be walking out with the gold as Rollins could potentially cash in.
If Cena doesn’t win, then the plans are for a superstar – in this case Rusev – to interfere and cause Lesnar to lose. At the same time, these are all rumoured plans which have been discussed for weeks so it could and probably will have changed by now. We could even see Lesnar dominate Cena once more and then Rusev decide to make his presence felt.
Whatever happens during the main event, fans should certainly keep an eye out to see whether the WWE will finally pull the trigger for a potentially entertaining feud between Rusev and Cena, where Lana will be expected to continue her impressive run as a heel.