According to an Oct. 20 post from Bleacher Report, a new stipulation has been added to John Cena’s upcoming pay-per-view bout with Randy Orton. Whoever wins their clash will receive the opportunity to fight WWE Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, sometime in the near future. Lesnar will not be back in the WWE until this December, so he’ll be watching from the sidelines as the title picture sorts itself out.
Lesnar is advertised to make his return to the WWE in December on a televised episode of Monday Night Raw. He won’t be returning until then, which means the heavyweight strap will not be put on the line this weekend at Hell in a Cell. That said, the WWE’s creative team spiced up the pay-per-view main event by putting a future title shot on the line.
This weekend, Orton battles Cena inside the structure at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view spectacular. While Cena and Orton have collided before at WWE Hell in a Cell, there was never so much on the line as there is now. Now, in 2014, Cena and Orton will essentially be competing to determine who is the true top contender for a title shot at heavyweight.
The WWE Heavyweight Championship is the featured belt in the promotion, and there’s three legitimate contenders in the mix for it. With Daniel Bryan still sidelined with a neck injury, Cena, Orton and Seth Rollins are the top three contenders. At WWE Hell in a Cell, it will be determined who becomes the top contender for a future shot at Lesnar.
During the Oct. 20 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE head honcho Triple H announced that the Hell in a Cell bout between Cena and Orton would be for a future title shot. He said it was actually Seth Rollins’ idea. Did that make Orton happy? Not at all. Orton was spotted backstage, confronting Rollins about the situation.
Rollins apparently concocted the title shot idea because he’s hoping Orton defeats Cena and Lesnar, to set up a title fight between “The Viper” and the former Shield member. Rollins still hasn’t cashed in his Money in the Bank contract for a title shot, but he’s running out of time to do so.
It seems all but certain that Rollins will compete against Lesnar, Cena or Orton in the months ahead. Lesnar’s official advocate, Paul Heyman, also made a surprise appearance at WWE Monday Night Raw, to hype up the importance of Cena’s fight with Orton. Shockingly, Orton delivered his signature RKO finisher move to Cena and Heyman, before walking off into the sunset.
In all likelihood, Cena will demolish Orton to earn yet another shot at Lesnar. Cena was defeated by Lesnar at SummerSlam, and yet again at Night of Champions. It’s expected that Cena will defeat Orton, to advance to a fight against Lesnar for Survivor Series or next year’s Royal Rumble.