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John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar rubber match targeted for WWE SummerSlam

According to a June 22 report from Fansided, pro wrestling legend Brock Lesnar is being strongly considered to take on the WWE Heavyweight Champion in the main event of WWE SummerSlam. Lesnar, 36, was originally slated to battle Daniel Bryan at WWE SummerSlam, but the 33-year-old founder of the "Yes! Movement" is still rehabbing from a neck injury. He won't be ready in time for WWE SummerSlam, so the promotion is looking into other options.

Brock Lesnar is expected to battle John Cena at WWE SummerSlam
Brock Lesnar is expected to battle John Cena at WWE SummerSlamPhoto by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR

At this point, it's all but confirmed that Lesnar will take on the winner of the Money in the Bank ladder match, which features Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, Sheamus, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton. Since most of the contestants are considered heels, it's likely either Cena, Sheamus or Reigns will win the ladder match at Money in the Bank.

After all, it makes the most sense for the WWE to set up a SummerSlam main event pitting Lesnar against a babyface, as to avoid a heel vs. heel scenario. That said, the promotion would likely script Cena, Sheamus or Reigns to win at Money in the Bank. However, the winner of the contest could easily be figured out when considering that Sheamus isn't exactly headliner material.

Sheamus is an exceptional mid-card talent, but he's not popular enough to headline WWE SummerSlam. As for Reigns, the WWE might be holding out on putting him over as champion until next Wrestlemania. Reigns recently split with The Shield, so the WWE is taking it slow with his rise as a top babyface.

With Sheamus and Reigns not likely to win at WWE Money in the Bank, that leaves Cena as the only possible choice to be named victor. Cena is a 14-time WWE Heavyweight Champion, and it would make sense to give him the opportunity for his 15th title run. If Cena wins at Money in the Bank, he'll then advance to battle Lesnar at WWE SummerSlam. The event takes place Aug. 17 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Cena and Lesnar have only battled each other twice, despite both of them having been with the WWE for over a decade. Cena beat Lesnar once in 2012, but fell short against him in 2003. A match between Cena and Lesnar at SummerSlam would break the tie. Lesnar, who is now a part-time WWE performer, hasn't competed since defeating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30.