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Is John Cena a problem for today's WWE?

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I’m not the first to comment on John Cena, and I’m sure this blog will get a mixed reaction from the WWE Universe. I’ll be blunt – John Cena is the reason WWE is becoming predictable and losing buyrates.

This semi-rant (it’s a rant people, it always will be when it comes to Cena) was caused by a few factors:

John Cena’s character needs a revamp

How many years has Cena been playing the ‘never give up’ gimmick now? In my opinion it is far too long. If there’s one thing that Chris Jericho is good at, it is keeping his character fresh and interesting. This is what has gotten Cena the ‘mixed’ reaction which Cole and King seem determined to drive into our heads (I say ‘mixed’ because I know from experience that the ‘Let’s go Cena! Cena sucks!’ chants have become novelty rather than truth – fans in my age group also chant it for the sake of it).

The point I’m making is one I’ve made before in my weekly YYYTRR blog – that Cena should have taken a break after his loss at WrestleMania.

Cena has main-evented every pay-per-view since WrestleMania

Ever since WrestleMania, Cena has been pushed into the main event every month. And every time he has main evented (including ‘Mania) it has either been carried by his opponent and the hype for their return (The Rock and Brock Lesnar), or his match has simply been something which doesn’t sell.

Versus John Laurinaitis at Over the Limit

The problem with this was that Cena versus Ace has never been an intriguing rivalry. Punk and Ace had chemistry and this match would have sold more if Punk replaced Cena. To me this rivalry has always looked like Cena was thrown into the mix because Punk had moved on to better things.

The other problem with the build to this match is that everybody knew the twist which was coming at the end of the match. Big Show was the only person who was likely to get involved due to the stipulation that nobody under contract could interfere. WWE dropped the ball with this storyline, and they did so when they had a great match between two superstars who are ready to carry the company on their in-ring chemistry alone – CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

Versus Big Show at No Way Out

It’s no surprise that this match didn’t sell tickets. With only 10,000 buys on the night, No Way Out was headlined by a match between two superstars who never really stood a chance of putting on an entertaining match. As much as I like the aggressive Big Show and his path of destruction, he needs a capable technician in order to be dominant.

That’s the reason why Cody Rhodes was a good ‘Mania opponent, and their match was decent. Against Cena it limits what Show can do as Cena is one of the worse at selling moves in WWE – everything Cena does seems too comical for my liking.

Also, WWE once again dropped the ball by having Cena’s job on the line. The simple fact is that WWE seems to think that their fans would believe the ‘firing’ of John Cena.

Oh, and once again the WWE Championship wasn’t the main event…

The point of this blog entry was to highlight just a couple of reasons that John Cena, in my opinion, is killing WWE’s PPV business.

The way I see it is that ever since his great match against The Rock at WrestleMania, Cena has looked bored and stale in his matches and his promos. Whether it has anything to do with his heavily publicised divorce is beyond the point. I think Cena and WWE dropped the ball by having Cena jump straight into a Super Cena victory over Brock Lesnar, rather than take a break for a few months to re-establish just who the on-screen persona of John Cena is.

He may sell to the children of the WWE Universe, but so does CM Punk. It’s become apparent over the last few months that Cena has truly accomplished everything he possibly can in a WWE ring. He needs a break in order to find a new role for himself, and to allow CM Punk and Daniel Bryan (among others) to finally take the reins of the company.

Hopefully I didn’t lose you half way through this entry, and for those who are reading this I thank you for your time. Make sure not to miss my weekly blog, YYYTRR, on Tuesday morning.

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Updated 06-23-2012 at 08:30 AM by Frank

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  1. The Phantom Menace's Avatar
    As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end. Let's recap WWF/E history for a second. Cena is the second coming of Hogan to Vince's eyes. Vince put Hogan on top, made him a super hero that no one could beat cleanly. Now he's doing the same crap with Cena. During Hogan's run in the 80's wrestling was diagnosed with a terminal disease called "Sports Entertainment". But wrestling made a slight comeback in the 90's thanx to Bret Hart, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Steve Austin, William Regal & ECW. The Rock(not Cena) was supposed to be the second coming for uncle Vince but we all know what happened there. My point is that the crap we're seeing right now has already been done & proven to work for WWF/E. The only difference is that now there is no NWA/WCW or AWA to offer better wrestling with less skits & comedy acts. We do have TNA who if they pick a direction and just go with it would out class WWE on a talent basis, we also have ROH who in a few more years will surpass both(just like ECW did), because they focus purely on the wrestling. Sorry I got a on a roll. At the end of the day Cena's not the problem it's Vince.
  2. madnonsense's Avatar
    simply no Cena = no ratings = no buyrate. John Cena puts the E in entertainment for the show no matter people love him or hate him. I never hear the crowd chanting the word "BORING BORING BORING" on his 5 moves or throughout his matches. The crowd loves to chant "Let's go Cena, Cena sucks."
  3. PhEonYx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Phantom Menace
    As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end. Let's recap WWF/E history for a second. Cena is the second coming of Hogan to Vince's eyes. Vince put Hogan on top, made him a super hero that no one could beat cleanly. Now he's doing the same crap with Cena. During Hogan's run in the 80's wrestling was diagnosed with a terminal disease called "Sports Entertainment". But wrestling made a slight comeback in the 90's thanx to Bret Hart, Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Steve Austin, William Regal & ECW. The Rock(not Cena) was supposed to be the second coming for uncle Vince but we all know what happened there. My point is that the crap we're seeing right now has already been done & proven to work for WWF/E. The only difference is that now there is no NWA/WCW or AWA to offer better wrestling with less skits & comedy acts. We do have TNA who if they pick a direction and just go with it would out class WWE on a talent basis, we also have ROH who in a few more years will surpass both(just like ECW did), because they focus purely on the wrestling. Sorry I got a on a roll. At the end of the day Cena's not the problem it's Vince.
    Well said bro, well said.
  4. Bane of Balin's Avatar
    John Cena is not killing the WWE.

    Fans who watch the shows and feed the corporate monster in spite of the terrible booking and half-@$$ed creative development, however, are.
  5. Xpacfan's Avatar
    Writing a blog about it isn't going to change anything. Speaking with your lack of viewership and event attendance will...
  6. Bane of Balin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xpacfan
    Writing a blog about it isn't going to change anything. Speaking with your lack of viewership and event attendance will...
    This guy gets it.
  7. slapadabass420's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xpacfan
    Writing a blog about it isn't going to change anything. Speaking with your lack of viewership and event attendance will...
    exactly!!!!!!!!!! you sir speak nothing but the truth.so many people criticize and think that the wwe actually gives a damn what the iwc say.reality check...THEY DON'T!!!!!
    making threads and blogs on the matter is pointless unless you are just speaking your mind.but if your goal is to persuade vinnie mac with a blog then your sadly mistaken.we as fans have to show them how we feel not tell them because they will never listen to words.they care about one thing and one thing only and that's numbers.ppv buys,merchamdise sales,and viewership statistics.if we as fans want to let them know how we feel we must show them by affecting those three things.until then it will be what they want it to be not what we want it to be.because in their mind when a longtime fan drops there will be three juvenile new comers to take that place.sad but oh so true
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