John Cena is without a doubt the most polarizing character in the WWE.
Nobody on the Smackdown or RAW roster can evoke such a split crowd reaction night in and night out.
Now, I'm not a fan of Cena's gimmick, but I am tired of people blaming him for almost every problem within WWE's current product.
I feel John Cena takes a bit too much of the blame for the company's mistakes.
Here are a few ideas meant to show why Cena isn't necessarily the cause of all of WWE's troubles.
"I hate Cena! He wins ALL THE TIME!"
Oh my, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard this.
Now, this is where I will state, I also hate the fact that John Cena is booked to win almost every match he's involved in.
The fact of the matter is, Cena does not demand to win every match.
WWE's writers are responsible for this lackluster booking. They find something that "works," and they beat it into the ground.
Yes, it sucks, but we wrestling fans cannot realistically blame Cena for his booking.
"He's only got Five Moves!" "Five Moves of Doom!"
I myself have been guilty of chanting such things at both live RAW events and House Shows.
It's easy to criticize Cena for this because, well, he does it in nearly every damn match he's in, so it must be his fault, right?
Vince McMahon has been known to water down the move sets of his top stars, so that their risk of injury is greatly decreased. The last thing he wants is for his profitable wrestlers to be sidelined.
The tactics can be seen throughout the company's history, used on lovable greats such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Cena takes a lot of crap for his "lack of ability," but looking back at this year's Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View, Cena really showed some stellar skills in his match with CM Punk.
In other words, we have good old Mr. McMahon, not John Cena, to thank for the weekly performances of the "Five Moves of Doom."
Is John Cena the face of WWE?
The question is certainly up for debate.
If you go from a marketing perspective, then yes, Cena is the face of WWE.
Now, does that make him responsible for everything on RAW?
He's one man. He performs his segments to the best of his ability, working with what the Creative Team gives him.
Sure, some of his feuds might be lackluster, but all in all, he knows his stuff.
Cena's a decent crowd worker, and can put on consistently good matches, but the quality of the entire show cannot be attributed solely to him.
Love him or hate him, the guy gets people's attention.
Let's be honest with ourselves here. If you asked any random person to name one WWE wrestler, what response do you think you'd get?
While I believe most people would respond with "The Rock" or "Stone Cold Steve Austin," I would have to say that "John Cena" would be thrown into the mix quite a bit.
He draws attention. He sells products.
Sure, he might only be drawing in younger kids and female fans, but he is a draw nonetheless.
While many people enjoy complaining about this, I say "Hey, exposure is exposure. If it gets people's attention, and possibly gets them interested in WWE, it can't be all that bad."
Take a second to watch this video.
It's tough to hate a guy who, on top of working a hectic schedule, puts time aside to meet with sick children, granting them their biggest wishes.
Sure, I hate John Cena's gimmick, and his booking, but the person behind all of that seems to be one hell of a guy.
I respect John Cena as a person. A man who works his ass off for something he loves to do, and also for the fans who love it just as much.