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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
I'm usually anti-star ratings, but Lesnar/Cena is particularly difficult to quantify. It doesn't excel in the generic WWE match or generic WWE gimmick match way.
The way Lesnar manhandled Cena, even bending his neck in shoves, and the interruptions with refs and officials checking on him. The way Cena kept getting cut off and beat up played off of years of Cena being treated as a superman. Beyond being a spectacle-type match-up, it deliberately deviated from the way these matches usually go. Even Rock/Cena was a very typical Cena-style match. This was Vader-like domination on a guy who never gets treated that way, and to Cena's credit, he sold getting destroyed extremely well, continually struggling with his arm and generally coming across as vulnerable. As opposed to matches like with Barrett or Tensai, he built up Lesnar so that when he got to come back, he seemed impressive for it. And because it cashed in on all that denied emotion from previous PPVs, it certainly felt more gripping and emotional than Sheamus/Bryan or Punk/Jericho to me and the people in my house, even though both of those matches rocked.
Certainly my favorite match of the year.