John Cena and The Credibility of The WWE Championship

Posted: October 16, 2011 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C
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For years now John Cena has been the face of The WWE. For some people that’s a good thing for others…well not so much. I know the internet (as well as half of each arena he is ever in) is full of Cena haters. As far as I’m concerned Mr. John Cena and I have a love-hate relationship and I honestly don’t see that changing anytime soon. I won’t lie I started off a John Cena fan. He wasn’t the greatest wrestler but anyone that stepped up to Kurt Angle in their debut match and took it to him the way he did… well needless to say that merits some respect.

It was his debut character that I became a fan of. I just thought “The Dr. of Thuganomics” was downright funny.  You had a guy who could play a heel or face perfect for The Smackdown brand and was having pretty entertaining feuds with the likes of; Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar and “The American Badass” – The Undertaker. The guy was getting over slowly earning his respect from the locker room and his fan base which became known as “The Chain Gang”.

Things were going good and he quickly rose to become a fan favorite capturing the United States Championship on three separate occasions and even modifying the design of the belt during his third reign as champ introducing the first “Spinner Belt”. This is when Cena was at his best he was the perfect blend of being entertaining, funny and he could perform a solid, yet far from great match. He soon became the No. 1 Contender for The WWE Championship held by JBL and the match was set for Wrestlemania 21. Cena would go on to capture his first WWE Championship and this is where the problem started.

The Fans started to turn on Cena because he dropped his “Chain Gang” and adopted a new image of a “Superman” like quality mixed with a modern day Hulk Hogan after being drafted to Monday Night Raw. Over the years he has became stale and the WWE Championship has been, in my eyes, the most important thing that has suffered the most because of it. There is no doubt John Cena has become the poster boy for WWE, now being recognized as a 12 Time World Champion. Having held the WWE Championship ten times now and The World Heavyweight Championship twice.

John Cena’s debut was in 2002. He has been in the wrestling business now for 9 years and is a 12 time Champ. Ric Flair, the most honored wrestling veteran ever, started his career in 1972 and is proudly known for being a 16 Time World Heavyweight Champion. John Cena, 9 years in the business. Ric Flair, 40 years in the business. It simply is not right. The credibility of The WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship is failing. They need to trust in other talent and make title reigns longer like they used to be.

There are many wrestlers in the WWE today who have the potential to be mega stars if given the chance. Superstars like CM Punk and The Miz have shown great potential each being WWE Champion once but for some reason they seem to always take a back seat to Cena a month or so later. I just hate seeing the title bounced around so much. I remember when being a No. 1 Contender meant something and it was a real accomplishment to win the title. You don’t see that as much anymore and that my friends, is something that desperately needs to change in this current era. So in closing to WWE I say “We’ve Cena ‘nuff. Please give us something new!”

– Robbie C.

  1. RudoReels says:

    I hate to hate Cena, because it’s such a cliché among internet fans. I respect the hell out of the guy, really, I do. I’m just sick to death of him. He’s hokey, corny, and he usually makes me want to change the channel. He completely delivers on pay-per-view appearances, though. The problem, however, is that he’s overly protected, being the top guy and all. It’s hard to blame WWE for that fact, because he’s extremely successful, and makes them a ton of money. OF COURSE they’re going to protect him. The difference, though, between Cena and Helmsley, I think, is that Cena not putting over isn’t his own choice; it’s WWE’s. Triple H, from most accounts I’ve heard, was the one to protect himself, and was allowed to by WWE. Again, it’s hard to blame him, because he’s protecting his name value.

    We can all say ‘they need to do something, and fast,’ but do they really need to? He’s still selling truckloads of merchandise, so he’s not stale to his core demographic–yet. Seems like we have to just wait it out.

    John Cena and Randy Orton are prime examples of why ‘young guys’ SHOULDN’T be world champions. Internet fans rant about how the ‘dinosaurs’ hold the belts captive in [WWE, WCW, TNA] but what else are you going to do with them? If they can go, they can be champions. The time will come for the younger guys: when they’re older. Otherwise… where does a 26-year old go after winning the world title? …to another world title. ….to another world title. …to another world title. No wonder they’re stale. John Cena & Randy Orton should be main eventing and holding world titles for another ten years easily–the problem is, they’ve already held them so many times that it just screws it all up in a logical sense. We can’t realistically expect them to never hold a title again. Cena will be a 15, maybe 20 time champion–I’m sure of it. It’s Vince’s way of telling Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair that he can ‘create’ a star bigger than either of them by snapping his fingers.

    Goodbye to championships and hello to props.

    • Kick Out At 2! says:

      Your feelings on Cena are pretty much the same as mine. I respect the hell out of the man for how he’s stepped up to be the WWE’s front runner, and for what he does with the responsibility. You can tell that he’s a man who really loves the business and that truly respects the position that he’s currently in. Honestly, his attempts to get Zack Ryder over this last year have really shown me that, at heart, he’s a great guy. I’ll never knock his ability or his heart…I just don’t like his character, or the fact that they’ve been shoving him down my throat for the last six years. I definitely don’t like Super Cena and his ability to singlehandedly put away tag team after tag team, either, but like you said, that’s not Cena, that’s Vince and their booking of him.


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