WWE Champion John Cena def. Ryback (Three Stages of Hell Match)

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June 16, 2013

With 30 Superstars surrounding the ring — including newly crowned Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel and brutes like Kane and Sheamus — the rivals had no opportunity to roll to the outside for a second of reprieve. This became a serious issue for Cena as Ryback repeatedly hoisted The Champ in the air and tossed him back to the mat as if he were a dumbbell. When the challenger launched Cena to the outside, villains like Antonio Cesaro and Cody Rhodes swarmed on the Superstar like lions on a wounded antelope.

Ryback wasn’t immune to the wrath of the Lumberjacks, but when all 30 Superstars ganged up on the "Human Wrecking Ball," Cena climbed to the top rope and threw his 250-pound frame onto the scrum. The high-risk dive may have been a tactical error on The Champ’s part as Ryback was able to Shell Shock Cena soon after to pin the WWE Champion and claim the first fall.

Now at a disadvantage, the Cenation leader knew he had to win the ensuing Tables Match, but the effects of Ryback’s finishing maneuver left the Superstar reeling. Cena had lost the WWE Title to Sheamus in a Tables Match at WWE TLC in 2009, and he had no interest in repeating that disappointing evening in Chicago. Still, there was little he could do against his hungry opponent.

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The Champ’s unbreakable spirit propelled him forward, but Ryback beat Cena like the man owed him money. In a city that’s synonymous with rough-and-tumble competitors like The Road Warriors and One Man Gang, the "Human Wrecking Ball" displayed a brutality that’s uncommon in the current climate of sports-entertainment as he clobbered Cena with meaty clotheslines and even the steel steps.

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