Historically, SummerSlam has been a place for scores to be settled, paths to be forged and Superstars to emerge. Well, John Cena vs. Baron Corbin’s clash at The Biggest Event of Summer this year has all the makings of such a summer blockbuster.
Cena and Corbin’s stories merged this summer as they both continued their pursuit of the WWE Championship. Since winning the Money in the Bank contract, The Lone Wolf has lurked in the shadows, taunting WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with the prospect of him cashing in while simultaneously engaged in his bitter rivalry with Shinsuke Nakamura. Meanwhile, since returning to SmackDown LIVE on the Fourth of July, The Cenation Leader has been on a massive role, leading him to a match against Nakamura on the Aug. 1 SmackDown LIVE where the winner would go onto challenge The Modern-Day Maharaja for the WWE Championship.
Cena and Nakamura proceeded to have an absolute thriller, and after The King of Strong Style prevailed in the dream match, Mr. Money in the Bank hit the scene in the hopes of ruining the celebration with an attack. Never one to stand for wrongdoing, Cena came to Nakamura’s aid, fighting off Corbin. Their raucous brawl led to Cena putting Corbin through a table with a massive Attitude Adjustment.
There was no turning back from there, as the two Superstars’ conflict has only continued to escalate, leading to this massive match for SummerSlam being made. Can Cena teach the brash Corbin a lesson in humility? Or will The Lone Wolf continue to mount momentum and cap off an incredibly successful summer by defeating arguably the greatest WWE Superstar of all time?