In one of the biggest moments of the night, it was the returning John Cena who defeated Alberto Del Rio via pin to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Sunday’s 2013 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Cena hit Del Rio with the AA to seal the big win. WWE's Twitter feed reminds us how successful Cena truly is:
WWE's Justin Roberts tweeted out a photo of the new champ:
Cena’s triumphant return to the WWE was something many fans didn’t expect so soon. After injuring his triceps and talking about missing four to six months with surgery, the face of the company shattered those expectations and made it back in just over two months.
While there is always a chance that the company played up the extent of the injury to help further build the aura of invincibility for Cena when he came back early, there is an equally realistic chance that the genetic freak just heals faster than most.
Instead of focusing on why Cena came back so soon, the WWE Universe should just be thankful to see him in the world title scene. Not only is he adding legitimacy to the secondary title and the storylines that surround it, but he is also one of the few Superstars interesting enough to get the fans to care about Del Rio.
Del Rio is one of the best in-ring workers in the company right now, but his lack of charisma and any real direction with his character has most fans not caring. Whether the WWE Universe loves or hates Cena, they care when he is on TV.
That’s more than can be said about the World Heavyweight Championship over the last two years.
Unless Rey Mysterio is waiting to make his long-awaited return to the company on Monday’s Raw, there is little doubt that the battle between Cena and Del Rio will drag on to November’s Survivor Series PPV.
Del Rio getting an instant rematch on Raw and losing via Mysterio’s return would be a perfect way to end the feud with Cena, but Cena can carry the former world champion through the company’s blockbuster show.
Cena already has the cache with the casual fans to build an interesting match with almost any Superstar in the business, but with the world title added to the equation, there is nothing Del Rio can do to ruin this angle.
There are definitely better options, but Cena vs. Del Rio for the championship at Survivor Series is an acceptable addition to what should be a stacked card.
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