John Cena vs. AJ Styles
In less than 24 hours, the wrestling world will finally witness a dream match between two of the most talked about professional wrestlers of this generation. WWE is calling it 15 Years In The Making. While that may be using hyperbole slightly above facts, it is still as true as its meaning: Money in the Bank on pay-per-view tonight will showcase a bout many fans thought would never, EVER happen.
For Styles, a lot of his fans have long wondered:
"What if WWE signed him?"
"Would he be in the main event scene?"
"Heck, does the guy even get to keep his name or will he get sent to NXT for years with a crappy gimmick?"
Needless to say, all of those worries have been shut down since his arrival back in January 2016. He has battled Chris Jericho, many talented mid-card wrestlers on television and just capped off two straight GREAT main event battles against the WWE World Champion Roman Reigns! Seriously, AJ Styles is all over the place and is right there hanging with the top guns of the industry.
For John Cena, it is simply about being the best ever. I have long said that one day he will be on the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling. For those who don't know what that is, it basically means he will be in the top four names to ever be in the sports entertainment world. Next to the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and whoever else you want to mention.
The man just came back from an injury that has kept him out the ring for most of 2016. Except he hasn't returned to the normal WWE that is his for the taking. No. Cena has come back right in the middle of a "new era" where there are a bunch of new fans, new names, new talents, and as we will see at Money in the Bank - new opportunities.
A new opportunity for Cena to prove he is STILL the face that runs the place...while AJ Styles has the opportunity to prove he can go toe to toe with the face who runs the place.
Obviously, John Cena fans will be rooting for him to win on Sunday night, as Styles fans will be rooting for their guy.
However, for people that enjoy both, here is my reply:
Who cares who wins?
Really. Who cares?
Did anybody care that The Rock beat Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8? That crowd in Toronto certainly seemed to love the atmosphere and energy regardless of the outcome. Edge and Christian won most of the classic battles over The Hardyz and The Dudleyz...yet it is all three teams that get the recognition years later. Even The Rock vs. John Cena at WM28 (or WM29). Both drew well over one million PPV buys for the sheer spectacle of seeing them fight. Win or lose, it was simply about the dream match FINALLY becoming a reality.
There are plenty of other examples, but you get the point folks.
Tonight, we are going to get AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the first time ever. This is what wrestling is all about folks. Enjoy it because no matter what the result may be, we all win...
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