June 18, 2012
By: Ryan Murphy
Written: June 17th, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It took an AA, some assistance from Brodus Clay and Kofi Kingston, and a little bit of luck, but John Cena did it. In what will be remembered as one of the most harrowing bouts of his career, the Cenation leader overcame a 441-pound giant locked inside a dangerous steel cage to not only save his own career, but end the tyrannical reign of General Manager John Laurinaitis. Few victories will be this sweet.
It was a match the Superstar knew he had to win, but that didn’t make it easy. From the opening bell, Cena attempted to use his awesome power to topple The World’s Largest Athlete, but the nasty giant was not going to be pushed around at No Way Out. Smacking his opponent away in the same manner that King Kong swatted fighter planes from the sky, Big Show appeared shockingly unfazed by Cena’s strength. Instead, the giant controlled the pace of the bout as he took slow pleasure in the destruction of his opponent. The super heavyweight even found the time to flash a cruel smile when he wasn’t sledgehammering his fists into his opponent’s abdomen.
With Mr. McMahon and John Laurinaitis each keeping concerned eyes on the action from ringside, Big Show displayed his scary strength by standing on the top rope and yanking WWE’s white knight into the air by his neck. From there, The World’s Largest Athlete attempted to launch all 441-pounds of his massive body onto a vulnerable Cena. It would have certainly been the end of the Cenation leader had he not had the presence of mind to roll away from impending doom at the last second. Calling upon an internal strength that few humans possess, Cena then proceeded to stop Show from escaping from the structure by pulling him back into the cage by his leg.
It was a dramatic turn of events from there as Mr. McMahon halted John Laurinaitis from interfering in the bout, only to accidentally drive the cage door into Cena’s head when the General Manager tackled The Chairman from behind. Dazed and rattled, Cena stumbled directly into a devastating chokeslam from Big Show, but somehow managed to power out before the three count. Frustrated, The World’s Largest Athlete decked both the official and Cena with his nuclear warhead of a fist and attempted to walk out of the cage while they both lay motionless on the canvas. There was a problem though. Brodus Clay was standing on the other side of the door with a steel chair in his hand.
Banding together to stop the man who brutally attacked them in recent weeks, Alex Riley, Santino Marella and Zack Ryder all raced to the ring to join The Funkasaurus, only to come face-to-fist with the giant. Kofi Kingston had better luck, however, as he scaled the structure and kicked Big Show back to the canvas, stopping the monster from escaping and ending Cena’s career.
The commotion gave Cena enough time to find his energy and he rallied once again, lifting his humongous opponent onto his back to deliver a thundering AA. But with no referee available to make the count, Cena was forced to scale the cage where Big Johnny was swinging a crutch through the air to stop the Superstar from winning. Once again interjecting himself into the match, Brodus Clay grabbed Mr. Laurinaitis and allowed Cena to drop to the arena floor for the victory.
Exhausted and battered with purple bruises mapping his body, Cena probably would have preferred to hit the locker room for a hot shower at this point. Instead, he got his hands on John Laurinaitis. Heaving his slimy rival onto his shoulders, the Superstar held the former General Manager in place while Mr. McMahon snarled the famous words, “You’re fired!” Cena then sent Laurinaitis packing by driving him through the Spanish announce table with a blistering AA.
It was a fitting end for the man who attempted to drive John Cena from WWE and one that opens up a world of possibilities for WWE. Now that Big Johnny is gone, who will take his place? WWE Universe, get ready to meet the new boss — whoever he or she is.