According to an Aug. 17 report from SB Nation, Brock Lesnar may have punched his ticket to Wrestlemania 31 with an absolutely brilliant performance against John Cena in the main event of WWE SummerSlam 2014. Lesnar, 37, rocked Cena with an F-5 just seconds into the match, and followed up with 16 German suplexes. With the win, Lesnar became the new WWE Heavyweight Champion.
In other SummerSlam 2014 action, Roman Reigns became the top title contender by making quick work of former WWE champ, Randy Orton. Reigns looked impressive in victory, as he battered Orton with strikes to the body and a match-ending spear. Since Reigns and Lesnar both turned in dazzling performances at WWE SummerSlam 2014, the stars may be aligned for them to battle each other early next year at Wrestlemania 31.
The WWE has been slowly inching Reigns to the top spot as the leading babyface in the promotion, a position that Cena has had firm grasp of for over a decade. With Cena now 37 years old and well past his athletic prime, the time may be now for him to pass the torch to Reigns. Since The Shield split up a couple months back, Reigns has emerged as a popular singles superstar.
Besides Cena, he is easily the most popular babyface in the WWE. However, the WWE knows Cena has put a lot of wear on his body over the years, and that he might not have much time left as a high-level wrestler. That said, Reigns could get a push to become the leading babyface character in the WWE, sooner rather than later.
His time might come early next year at Wrestlemania 31, since The Undertaker isn't expected to be appearing. The Undertaker has been the main event draw at every Wrestlemania for over two decades, but he was legitimately injured by Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 and he might not have much gas left in the tank.
Here's the thing: WWE Universe might want to see The Undertaker against Sting or Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania 31, but those matches may be best kept to the imagination. If those bouts ever went down in real life, they might not live up to the hype. A match between Lesnar and Reigns would have a much better chance of living up to the hype, since both are close to their athletic prime.
The WWE has plenty of time to hype up a feud between Lesnar and Reigns. In the meantime, Reigns is expected to feud with Triple H and Lesnar is slated to take some time off. Lesnar is essentially a part-time performer at this stage of his career, so he only tends to appear during Wrestlemania and SummerSlam seasons. Reigns has been rumored to be taking on Triple H at Night of Champions, while Lesnar might not compete again until Wrestlemania.