TAMPA – Once again, ladies and gentlemen, The Champ is here! Sending The Miz crashing to the canvas with an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope, JohnCena overcame both The Awesome One and John Morrison in a career threatening Triple Threat Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules.
Competing in an environment befitting his extensive parkour training, Morrison thrived inside the steel mesh, utilizing his unparalleled balance, incredible agility and fast-paced offense to catch both Cena and TheMiz off-guard, most spectacularly with a high-risk Starship Pain off the top of the cage. However, The Monday Night Delight more than once found himself caught in the crossfire as The Cenation Commander-in-Chief and The Awesome One continued to vent their lingering aggression toward one another following their following their following their emotionally-charged WrestleMania encounter.
Members of Cenation inside Tampa’s St. Pete Times Forum reveled in the aftermath of their hero’s monumental tenth World Championship win, but if not for the unwelcome intervention of R-Truth, it would have likely been Morrison basking in the adulation of the WWEUniverse at night’s end. As The Shaman of Sexy made his way toward the cage door to escape its unforgiving confines and win the match, his former friend attacked, effectively costing Morrison his first-ever WWE Championship. With Morrison taken out of the picture, the veteran Cena capitalized by targeting the escaping Miz and attaining a pinfall victory.
As Truth stated earlier in the night, Morrison “stole” his opportunity to battle for the WWE Championship in this bout with a crushing defeat on Raw weeks earlier that sent the rapping Superstar over the edge. By ambushing The Prince of Parkour moments before he exited the cage, the increasingly aggressive Truth nevertheless played a critical role in its outcome, leaving Morrison in a heap before defiantly climbing over the top of the cage.
When it comes to near-victories and outside interference, The Champ can certainly relate. At WrestleMania XXVII, Host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brought his rivalry with Cena to an entirely new level, hitting him with a Rock Bottom that afforded The Awesome One a key victory on The Grandest Stage of Them All. But with his WrestleMania XXVIII collision with The Great One in Miami still a year away, Cena was able to savor his winning moment at Extreme Rules as he held the WWE Championship high above his head for the first time since June 20, 2010, when he lost the title to Sheamus in a chaotic Fatal 4-Way Match.
Over the past several weeks, the typically cocky, most “must-see” WWE Champion in history showed signs of trepidation given the unique nature of a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match. In such a contest, a winner can be crowned via pinfall, submission or by escaping the cage. As such, The Miz knew he could lose the WWE Title to either Cena or his former “Dirt Sheet” co-host without being involved in the final decision. Ultimately, as he tried to escape through the top of the cage to retain his coveted title, The Awesome One fell to the very Superstar he claimed to “own” in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania.
At Extreme Rules, Cena put an end to The Era of Awesome on its 159th day, but The Miz has never taken defeat graciously. Will The Awesome One find a way to retaliate against The Cenation Commander-in-Chief? Furthermore, will Morrison achieve a measure of retribution against his one-time ally, R-Truth? To find out, follow all of the action on Raw, Monday nights at 9/8 CT on USA.