Is John Cena ruining PPV Sales?
by, 06-13-2011 at 12:59 PM (8352 Views)
Hey guys hope all is well. I've been thinking lately about how Ryan Clark has been posting the number of buys from WWE PPV's lately and wondered if it had anything to do with John Cena.
Now let me start off by saying I respect Cena as a person and as a wrestler as well. He might only do five moves but if you guys know Cena from OVW then you know he's capable of way more than five moves.
We all hate his gimmick, not the person. Cena is one of the hardest working individuals that the WWE has seen in the past decade. He came on so strong that it was really no choice but to slide him in the mainevent in just under three years.
The other reasons why PPV's draw low buys:
It isn't all Cena's fault.
We have to credit the bad writing, the lack of maineventers, the overload of midcarders and the lack of a tag team division. The stars that are ready to be bonafide maineventers are Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, John Morrison, Wade Barrett (not a fan but he's pretty good), R-Truth, Christian, and Alberton Del Rio
We also must blame the large amount of PPV's. There is little time to build feuds anymore because they WWE feels the need to have a PPV every month.
Over The Limit PPV Sales: 65,000 Buys??? Ouch
Now we can't blame this all on Cena because I mean Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole did compete in a Kiss My Foot Match. Infact, I feel the WWE has done a great job in tarnishing Lawler's legacy by having him feud with Cole in the first place. I would've rather seen him feud with Jack Swagger instead if your going to give the guy one last run.
What killed the buys for this PPV was Cena vs The Miz in an I-Quit Match:
We didn't buy the PPV because we knew that Cena wouldn't be billed to quit. Why waste 45 bucks if you know that they won't let their prized jewel quit.
The WWE's SuperCena gimmick has finally backfired because people know that if Cena is in the mainevent on Raw or a PPV, he's either going to win fair & sqaure or lose by interference. The WWE never lets Cena lose fair & square when he is already super over.
Here's a series of very interesting facts: Please Read
Of the WWE's top stars of the past decade: The Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H, Randy Orton, The Undertaker, and many more check this out.
Randy Orton has quit in an I-Quit Match (against Cena)
Triple H has tapped out twice at Wrestlemania (Against Benoit & CENA)
The Rock has lost more than 3 Times at Wrestlemania and has been pinned numerous times in his career.
Stone Cold has also been pinned alot fair & sqaure.
John Cena is 6-2 at Wrestlemania. He's cometed for or defended a title at all 8 of his Wrestlemania appearances. He's also competed for or defended the World or WWE Title the last 7 Wrestlemania's. He's never quit. He's never tapped out since 2005 and like Ryan Clark said. Over the past 2 years, Cena and/or Orton have not been in the mainevent in only 2 PPV's.
The reason PPV buys were so high in the attitude era:
The star power was high in the attitude era. They weren't scared to let Triple H tap out because it wouldn't kill his credibility because they're were so many other stars in the picture.
Now, the WWE has made a predictable monster out of Cena so if he's in the mainevent of a PPV, we aren't buying it anymore.
The WWE has to start making him lose normal one on one matches on Raw to spicen up a story. They need to stop being scared and let someone like Jack Swagger or R-Truth beat him. This may sound weird but John Cena losing more matches will build his name more. I truly believe that.
They should have an angle with Cena losing the belt at Summerslam and going on a 3 month losing streak. This will make the crowd get behind him and want him to win again. But having him win every match on Raw & at the PPV does nothing but make the product even more predictable than it already is.
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