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WWEs booking of Cena makes perfect sense.

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Now with Extreme Rules behind us, John Cena can once again use his catchphrase, «The Champ is Here» truthfully. The decision to put the WWE championship belt back on Cena has, expectedly, not been received with laud and applause by the «IWC». You should think that the same people that for months complained about The Miz being champ now would rejoice, but some people can never be pleased.

But I think WWEs booking is smart, predictable, but smart. I will try to explain why, and you, dear reader, can rip me a new one on why I'm mistaken in the comments, just read on.

Why take the belt of The Miz?

In my view the main reason to give him it in the first place was to elevate him to main event status, and cement him in the audience view as a legit threat. Mission accomplished. At least as much as possible in the current run. He kept the title for more than 5 months. Who would have expected that when he won it back in November with the help of the Money in the Bank suitcase? And his run has helped to get Alex Riley familiar with WWE as well. Whether he sinks or swims on his own is yet to be seen. But now, The Miz is better served being a contender to the championship, and winning it at a later date. He has gotten all the rub from going toe to toe with Cena that can be expected, and he has proved he can take the ball and run with it. Its not like he hasn't been booked strong either. Not many superstars gets to kick out from Cenas finishers on a regular basis. What Creative has in store for him is anybodies guess, but he is no longer an afterthough. They could let him continue to feud with Cena for the title, or give him a new feud.

Why give it to Cena?
As John Morrison is as popular as diarrhea backstage, he was no option, and they needed a face to carry the belt. Especially as RAW is profoundly heel-heavy after the draft. Another options would have been Rey Mysterio, but he's too new on the brand. Cena is the face of the company after all, you might not like it, but that's the fact of the matter. He's recognized, popular with the casual viewers and a company man with no skeletons in the closet. Which means that as long as his health is sound, he will obviously be in the championship-picture, either as champion or contender.
And the match on Extreme Rules and the rematch on RAW could mean an end to the ongoing feud between the two. Wrestling 101 means that the face has to pull through. There is extremely few long feuds between a heel and face where the heel wins in the end. And unless they decide to continue the feud with The Miz it opens for some other aspiring main-eventer cutting his teeth on Cena the Champ.

Why is Cena booked so two-dimentional?
Cena is not the best wrestler in the world. But he's not useless in the ring either. He's accused of never selling, but it is more a case of him being booked to recouperate fast. Beat him down to within an inch of unconciousness, and he will still pop back up if you don't hurry. Now, is this something particular to Cena? Not really. All wrestlers tend to get up after beating that would kill the average man. Some sell injuries for a time, others don't, it depends on how the storyline is meant to play out.

So much for phycical injury, Cena doesn't sell psychology either. He's nearly always smiling and happy. Well as he's booked as someone who loves his fans, WWE, performing in the ring, and finds his inspiration and support there, why shouldn't he be happy? As for not selling anger, grief and other emotions consistently, take a look at Kane. He was tricked into «killing» his own father, Paul Bearer, by Edge, and a few months later he's playing the air-trombone with Santino Marella... Consistancy in never an issue in wrestling, never has been, never will be.

Cena is derogatorily called Superman, and that moniker has a element of truth. And when was the last time you saw Superman mope at the end of a storyarc? If you keep in mind the part Cena is supposed to play in the pantheon of WWE, it makes no sense making him too emotional and despondent.

And in making Cena a benchmark young upstarts can measure up against, they also has to protect him. If he gets beaten clean on a regular basis by anyone except someone firmly in the main event picture in the forseeable future, his value as a benchmark is reduced. Maybe Creative is too protective? But they probably want to err on the side of caution.

Cena is supposed to be a throwback to the faces of old, a primary coloured hero to the kids, who cannot be kept down for an extended period of time. He's meant to be the top dog all the young heels would like to usurp. Complaining when he plays that role to perfection, is, quite frankly, unfair.

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  1. Jango's Avatar
    My first post! I think that's a very good assessment of the booking and 'entertainers' involved. For me it's bad booking though simply because it doesn't motivate me to tune in or watch - have seen Cena as being booked the same way for so long and in so many feuds that I've just lost all interest.

    Four months ago it was predictable that the Miz, who I actually think deserves a little more credit from the IWC for playing his role as champ well, was going to lose to Cena - the only question was 'when'.

    A little predicatbility in wresting/sports entertainment actually helps I think, but in WWE title bookings it's far too preidctable, and when there is a surprise it's usually poorly handled. Is almost like the writers only have a small comfort zone with how they can write, and when asked to be inventive they simply panic. Perhaps the ever present voice of VKM making demands is what keeps things the same, I don't know, but whatever it's all become so dull.

    Am not seething with anger, just bored, and it causes me to switch off from WWE and look at other wrestling products. For Cena to reingnite any interest for me, some significantly different and sustained creative booking needs to happen rather than the same old stuff repeated over and over again.
  2. Jayoholic's Avatar
    Dude, you just typed my favorite blog post on this site. Loved it.
  3. PrimusSucks's Avatar
    I actually agree here, I wouldn't have before reading it though. You may also want to add how Cena is still the poster boy for WWE after not holding that belt for almost a year, if Orton went a year with no belt then people would forget about him, just proves the drawing power of Cena.
  4. Viper's Avatar
    [B]PrimusSucks[/B]: Randy Orton didn't hold a world title for 3 years after his brief run in 2004 and he wasn't forgotten about. It's because he knows how to wrestle & has the ability to have a good match with just about anybody and he doesn't need wrestlers to carry his ass to have a good match or to lead him through to a good match. The same cannot be said for John Cena though.

    I do not care how many blogs there are about people standing up for John Cena and saying why he is getting pushed right and so on. There is no reason to shove the guy down our throats. It's never a good things to always see the same of schtick on TV.
  5. Viper's Avatar
    [B]PrimusSucks[/B]: Randy Orton didn't hold a world title for 3 years after his brief run in 2004 and he wasn't forgotten about. It's because he knows how to wrestle & has the ability to have a good match with just about anybody and he doesn't need wrestlers to carry his ass to have a good match or to lead him through to a good match. The same cannot be said for John Cena though.

    I do not care how many blogs there are about people standing up for John Cena and saying why he is getting pushed right and so on. There is no reason to shove the guy down our throats. It's never a good things to always see the same of schtick on TV.
  6. ComingToCinemas's Avatar
    I agree with Viper and this blog tbh. Let me explain.

    Whilst I agree that Cena is booked well and has been since The Miz became champion, there is no need to make his gimmick so predictable. Orton has been a favorite of mine since he had a feud with Mick Foley. His ability warrants him to be a main event title or not, and all he could have worked on before was his mic skills. His Viper gimmick changes that as it means his actions speak louder than words. Cena was loved by fans in his rise to the top due to his rapper gimmick and how creative he was in his promos. Since his gimmick changed to what I now dub "Fruity Pebbles" (thanks Rock) he has lost his promo skills and the only way to keep him up there seems to be putting the awful looking WWE Championship on him or teasing the idea.
  7. WWTNA Mark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Viper
    PrimusSucks: Randy Orton didn't hold a world title for 3 years after his brief run in 2004 and he wasn't forgotten about. It's because he knows how to wrestle & has the ability to have a good match with just about anybody and he doesn't need wrestlers to carry his ass to have a good match or to lead him through to a good match. The same cannot be said for John Cena though.

    I do not care how many blogs there are about people standing up for John Cena and saying why he is getting pushed right and so on. There is no reason to shove the guy down our throats. It's never a good things to always see the same of schtick on TV.
    Name me one match where Cena has been carried in a match. I just wanna know because I have never watched a match where Cena got carried. Okay, he isn't technical or anything like that but he knows how to get the job done in matches and others within the WWE have stated that, even Angle said it.
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