What other role is there for him at this point besides John Cena overcoming the odds to beat him?
Asian characters have previously not received the greatest treatment by the WWE, but Nakamura has rightfully had the red carpet rolled out for him since arriving in the company a year ago and won over even the fans that didn't know his history of wrestling in Japan. He also talked about a possible retirement in the near future. Can you believe it's been seven years since Cena single-handedly defeated the upstart stable The Nexus at SummerSlam? That said, this could be the first of several matches between these two teams, meaning they could hold some things back for future encounters on shows that could give them a brighter spotlight. Lesnar's deal with WWE reportedly ends with next year's WrestleMania and he would still need to finish out the second half of his USADA suspension from UFC 200 last July.
- However, Cena is now in the middle of a SummerSlam slump. Cena distracted Corbin, allowing Mahal to retain the title.
While there is a chance Mahal will find a way to screw over Nakamura this match may well be the coronation of Nakamura as WWE Champion. WWE's poor and lazy booking of foreign heels...
- Wyatt once again finds himself outside the title picture. With championship gold around their waist, perhaps afterwards Ambrose and Rollins will approach Roman Reigns about rejoining their ranks as well.
This was not enough penance.
In the lead-up to Friday's protest, Stevens and his friends showed up on Thursday at an autograph signing session featuring WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, handing out flyers and inviting people to take part in the demonstration. Where our seats are, you'd definitely see it, you'd hear the chants.
Rollins would win (with some help from Ric Flair fan and SummerSlam host, Jon Stewart), and while he'd eventually lose the United States Championship back to Cena, it was still a significant moment with Cena putting over an up-and-coming star at a major event.
Just to add some extra spice, they will be wrestling under the eye of guest referee Shane McMahon, the son of the company owner Vince, who isn't afraid to get involved physically and has tussled with both of these wrestlers previously. Orton hasn't won a SummerSlam match since 2013, when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to take the title from Daniel Bryan. Corbin looks like a chump, he now has no direct line to the WWE Championship with his briefcase futilely used up, and Cena is going to be in a revenge-seeking mood after Corbin's sneak attack that prompted his cash-in attempt in the first place.
It's been reported that WWE has soured on Corbin - hence why his cash in went so wrong. He's still an up-and-comer, Cena is now more of a part-timer. But as we've seen in this rivalry, nothing seems to go as planned, especially when you have titles between the two changing at house shows. The Hounds of Justice are back and will prove too formidable for Cesaro and Sheamus as WWE looks to bring back one the most popular factions of all time.