There was a lot on the line in the John Cena and Seth Rollins tables match, as a loss for Cena would mean he loses his number one contenders spot for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but as we now know, the return of Roman Reigns ensured nothing of that sort happened.
It came as a surprise to many that that the tables match between John Cena and Seth Rollins wasn’t the main event especially since there were plenty of rumours circulating online that Mr. Money in the Bank, Seth Rollins was scheduled to main event the pay-per-view.
The fans didn’t mind though as that meant the TLC match involving Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose would be able to close out the show.
The match took place after the very first steel stairs match between The Big Show and Erick Rowan – a match where The Big Show walked out the victor – whilst the Divas Championship match between Nikki Bella and AJ Lee followed, but the match itself was very good.
The fact that there were no disqualifications meant that J&J Security would definitely play a role in the match and they certainly did, costing John Cena the chance of gaining a victory on multiple occasions and for a while the numbers advantage worked for Seth Rollins.
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There were a number of good spots in the match and things which gained a reaction from the fans, such as Seth Rollins’ continual mocking of John Cena, from the “You Can’t See Me” taunt to actually hitting the Five Knuckle Shuffle, a good story was told as Paul Heyman was watching the match closely from ringside.
Even though it was the type of match that was very predictable, it was still enjoyable with plenty of back and forth action. Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble played pivotal roles in making sure it wouldn’t be an easy night for John Cena and they ate shots by the unpadded barricade for their troubles.
John Cena actually put Seth Rollins through the table but referee Mike Chioda was knocked out to realise what was happening, resulting in Mercury and Noble getting rid of the evidence and the match turned on its head when both Cena and Rollins fell through the table on the outside at the exact same time. With two separate referee’s believing the opposite man won, referee Chioda restarted the match.
Seth Rollins turned up the intensity by unleashing an all-out attack on Cena before The Big Show decided to make an appearance, he hit Cena in the gut and called for the Chokeslam only for the fans in the Quicken Loans Arena to erupt at the sound of Roman Reigns’ music.
He fought through the fans to get to the ring and hit a huge Spear on The Big Show to put him through the table, before following it up with a big Superman Punch on Seth Rollins, Cena followed it up by hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Rollins through the table for the victory and ultimately confirming the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Brock Lesnar and John Cena at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
It was widely expected that either Randy Orton or Roman Reigns would play a role in the outcome of the Cena and Rollins match. After the Nikki Bella victory, Roman Reigns declared that he will be in the Royal Rumble match next month, and that if we thought he made an impact last year with his record number of eliminations, wait until we see what he does this time. It’s no secret that Reigns has been groomed for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship win at WrestleMania XXXI, and a Royal Rumble victory is on the cards on the way to a potential championship win.
For John Cena, we know he will face Brock Lesnar and the likelihood is that The Beast Incarnate will retain his gold and then compete at WrestleMania. Seth Rollins could still prove to be a nuisance to John Cena, or he could decide to take his frustrations to his former Shield stable-mate, Roman Reigns.
The Big Show and Kane are in interesting positions too, with Randy Orton available upon his return to take on either man as a face, Kane is being seen as the ideal option.