At the 27th annual SummerSlam, WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena will defend his title against arguably the most destructive Superstar of all time, Brock Lesnar.
The only man to have ever captured the WWE Championship, NCAA Division I Heavyweight Championship and the UFC Heavyweight Championship, the 286-pound Lesnar was selected to challenge Cena by WWE COO Triple H, who has guaranteed the Cenation leader will not leave Los Angeles as The Champ on Aug. 17. Just one week before announcing the blockbuster matchup, Lesnar advocate Paul Heyman — without mentioning his client by name — was seen offering Triple H a “Plan C” for assuring Cena’s title reign come to an end.
Now the match is official, and The Biggest Party of the Summer will be headlined by a main event between the unofficial Face of WWE and the Superstar responsible for breaking The Undertaker’s 21-year undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
Leading into their high-stakes SummerSlam clash, Cena and Lesnar have plenty of history between them. The two fought several battles during Cena’s rookie year in WWE, and the 15-time World Champion was Lesnar’s first opponent upon The Anomaly’s return in 2012. Cena used a steel chain and an Attitude Adjustment onto the steel steps to narrowly win that famous no disqualification duel at Extreme Rules, which has become legendary for its brutality and physicality.
Since his clash with Cena, Lesnar has run roughshod over competition, defeating the likes of Triple H, Big Show and, most notably, The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30. Also since April 2012, Lesnar has reenlisted the services of Heyman, who is widely considered one of the ring’s premier strategists. Will Lesnar make good on Triple H’s guarantee and continue his run of dominance at The Biggest Party of the Summer? Will the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match result in the “beating of a lifetime” for Cena, as Heyman says?
Or will the ever-inspirational Cenation leader, the consummate role model and embodiment of the motto “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect,” rise to the occasion, as he’s done so many times in the past?
Watch this historic match play out at SummerSlam, available live on WWE Network and pay-per-view Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.