World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced that, due to overwhelming fan demand, the much-hyped rematch between Brock Lesnar and John Cena has been moved to the pre-show of tonight’s Night of Champions event, thus making room for a main event featuring the rookie stars of NXT.
The Lesnar-Cena showdown had been considered the top draw of the pay-per-view until last week, when a segment of Monday Night Raw showcased the athletic, fresh young talent of NXT, sparking a wave of interest in the “developmental” talent.
WWE’s Connecticut offices have been inundated with calls and emails from fans demanding to see more of Adrien Neville, Tyler Breeze, Hideo Itami, and Sami Zayn, among other NXT stars. In addition, a large mob assembled outside Titan Towers in Stamford yesterday and loudly chanted “Ole” for several hours.
“We listen to the WWE Universe,” said COO Triple-H, “and clearly they want to see more springboard corkscrew planchas performed by guys we’ve scooped from the indies.”
Tonight’s new main event will be a six-man tag match pitting The Ascension and Corey Graves against Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami and debuting newcomer Steven Keen.
Lesnar and Cena, who were expected to perform a plodding 25-minute brawl featuring several-dozen suplexes, will now square off in a pre-show match with a strict 10-minute time limit.
The scheduling change will also free up more time on the main card for the camera operators to focus on Paige’s bum.