On January 29th, John Cena will battle against Kane in a match that has been building for a month now and will look to answer many questions going into the bout on the night: Will John Cena turn heel? Who's going to win? Will Zack Ryder get involved? Are we going to see a new side of John Cena?
It's refreshing to see John Cena in a match that isn't for a world championship, and the fact that he is going against a veteran in Glenn Jacobs aka "Fake Diesel," "Doomsday" and "Christmas Creature" means that, by and large, Cena will have a hand to steady the boat and help build the storytelling in the match. But this is a match that isn't going to need a great deal of work to tell the story because the story has been near perfectly told so far.
Kane has been a torment to John Cena ever since he returned wearing the mask, pushing Cena to embrace the hate that is spewed towards him from the section of WWE fans that aren't on the John Cena train because of his constant fixture in the Raw title picture; that is only for a select group of fans that love him unconditionally. Due to this fact, along with Kane's attempts to make Cena turn his back on his remaining and loyal fans, this match is a pressure cooker of emotion that will make for one of the most intriguing matches on the night and since Money in the Bank in June.
John Cena has been left hearing a chorus of "Cena sucks" chants after Raw has gone off the air, he's seen his broski, Zack Ryder, nearly dragged down to hell, he's been suffocated several times by the Big Red Machine and has seen management in the form of "Big Johnny" Mr. John Laurinaitis—the executive vice president of talent relations and the interim, soon-to-be permanent general manager of Monday Night Raw—throw said injured broski to the wolves and obliterate months of hard work and Cena's own sacrifice, as Ryder lost the United States Championship to Jack Swagger, which led to Cena taking his frustrations out on the newly-crowned US Champion.
Simply put: John Cena is in turmoil right now.
This all matters going into January 29th. With John Cena at the end of his rope, Kane will look to exploit Cena's fragile state of mind and break Cena's values to make him who Kane believes he is be meant to be. To quote a famous movie character, Kane is basically saying to Cena, come January 29th: "Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!"
No doubt as the match nears its conclusion, John Cena will be put in a situation where he will be primed and ready to put an end to Kane's torturing of him after the twists and turns that will take place in the match. He will rely on the pleading of his fans (and ignoring the goading from the rest) to bring him back down and see reason. It will take everything John Cena has to remain true to his convictions, and he will leave his loyal fans emotionally burnt out, regardless if this match closes the show or is a prelude to either the WWE title or the Royal Rumble match.
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