Wrestling fans have wanted to turn WWE’s poster boy John Cena heel for a long time. Why? Because the John Cena that we see sliding into the ring now has been the same John Cena sliding into the ring 10 years ago. His character has undoubtedly gotten stale over the years, and the “quick-fix” solution that fans kept insisting on was an elaborate turn like Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
A turn is not what John Cena needed to freshen up his character. In fact, what John Cena had been missing this whole time was credible opponents. John Cena was only as entetaining as the opponents that he faced, but the problem was that WWE built him up into this god-like Superman. There hasn’t been a credible opponent for Cena to face in the last couple of years.
The Miz can boast all day into the microphone until he is blue in the face that he pinned John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania 27 to retain the WWE championship, but it was possible via interference. Alberto del Rio can drive up to every arena in the most lavish of luxury cars and proclaim that he unseated John Cena for his second WWE championship, but it was possible because Cena didn’t have to be pinned in order to lose the title.
All the heels that have been built thus far is what had made the Cena character stale. The fans begrudingly knew that Cena could beat any one of them in one… two… three! That was until The Rock came back.
Seven years ago, the millions and millions of The Rock’s fans knew what kind of pies The Rock was cooking, but this time he was cooking humble pie for John Cena. And that’s exactly what The Rock gave Cena at WrestleMania, he humbled Superman.
Wait… so John Cena can lose cleanly at WrestleMania? John Cena had never lost a match cleanly at WrestleMania, but one month ago he did to The People’s Champion. The losing experience made John Cena human, and shook the fans certainty of whether or not Cena could win all of his matches.
Then when Cena tried to shrug the loss, Brock Lesnar returned from his eight-year absence from the WWE. The former UFC heavyweight champion dropped Cena with the F-5, bloodied his mouth, and attacked him at every opportunity simply because he could.
Cena was so humbled from Brock that 2012 WWE Hall of Famer Edge had to make a surprise appearance to rally up the fighting spirit of the John Cena of old. The underlining message was not recall that you are Superman, but recall the reason you got into the business of professional wrestling.
After an extreme battle with Brock Lesnar, a match that witnessed John Cena man handled like never before (and that’s not to be taken lightly), Cena with a strained arm in a sling was destroyed on Monday Night Raw starring Brock Lesnar by John Laurinaitis, his opponent for Over the Limit.
At first it was speculated that Cena would face Lord Tensai, since he lost to him a couple of weeks ago, but in fact, Laurinaitis revealed that he would face him. The look of agony on Cena’s face as Johnny and Tensai attacked the hurt arm has made his character interesting again.
All John Cena was missing were opponents that could realistically match his intensity in the ring. And no, not saying that John Laurinaitis is in any shape to compete in a wrestling match with John Cena, but he’s the man in charge who can create any rules and enlist any amount of help that he wants to make John Cena’s life difficult.
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