John Cena Elects to Face Daniel Bryan at Next Month's SummerSlam PPV

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 15, 2013

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We are just one day removed from Money in the Bank, but August's SummerSlam is already shaping up to be a pay-per-view of monumental proportions. 

Not only did CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar take a wild turn that sent speculation through the roof on Monday night, but John Cena also chose fan favorite Daniel Bryan as his opponent for the year's second-biggest PPV.

WWE's official Twitter account has the news:

Early in the night, new Raw GM Brad Maddox revealed that Cena, who successfully defended his WWE title against Mark Henry at Money in the Bank, could choose his opponent for SummerSlam. 

About three hours later, with most of the roster (and the Brooklyn Brawler!) at the top of the ramp, Cena came down to make his decision. 

It wasn't exactly in an orthodox fashion, though. He said that he couldn't decide and needed the help of the crowd. So he began listing off names, most of which only got booed. In hindsight, it wasn't a great idea by the company. 

After a while, he finally announced his decision to face Bryan, who hilariously appeared from behind a wall of wrestlers and ran down the ramp to an absolutely enormous pop. 

Ring announcer Justin Roberts gave a picture of the wild scene:

There's no doubt Bryan deserves this moment. He has been scorching hot for the past few months, consistently putting on wildly entertaining matches. And he's always very over with crowds. 

The execution here might get a little criticism. Most knew that Bryan was going to get a title shot soon, and simply letting Cena pick his opponent felt like it was kind of lazily thrown together. 

Nevertheless, it was an amazing and deserved moment for Bryan, and with Randy Orton holding the red briefcase, the buildup to SummerSlam—not to mention the now highly anticipated PPV itself—should be scintillating.