I was one of the haters of John Cena, and will indulge into Cena-hatred if he goes back to what he was pre-Rocky once again, but at times you need to give credit where it is due.
The IWC (of which I am a part) is incredibly, and I mean incredibly, stereotypical. Santino is a comic relief, so the day he becomes champion or gets a spot in a EC Chamber match, five or six articles flood doomsday headlines at Bleacher Report. The performance doesn't matter—Michael Cole will only spew derogatory remarks and Kofi Kingston will always be bad at talking.
John Cena has been stale and superhuman six to seven years of his life, so anything he does now is naturally stale and superhuman and not worth respect. Can we admit that he's been kept off PPVs and RAWs, shoved off the title picture and has given promos worth television time? And once we admit that, can we also admit this is everything the IWC wanted in the first place? Like I said, don't go for retrospects, go for reality checks.
Rock's history lessons were an amalgamation of good and bad, with entertaining moments here and there but the crowd reaction proved that they weren't of Great One's caliber. A simple curious dig in WWE merchandise produces a Rocky garden gnome too. Does possessing a Rock garden gnome make me a fat 40-year-old too?
Simply said, this week was a mirror image of the previous. Cena came in and gave a long promo, but the difference was that he once listed out all the problems with the Rock and added some alter ego problems and the wrist notes melodrama, all of which Rocky has continued to ignore and just mouth off taunts. Rocky came in to shatter Cena in two minutes, but here's the catch—he didn't shake John Cena.
To all those ranting over Cena not taking it seriously, I have to say this: He has spent a year telling us how Rock is never here and how movies mean more to him. The Rock hasn't gone further than Twitter trending and taunts. To cut another long promo, and then to have Rock interrupt only to say 'I'm going to rip your throat' is just weak.
I would smirk at that too. Imagine this—you are a scholarly IWC member who disagrees with every virtual inch of my article and invest your precious time in writing a credible and logical answer, and I just retort with a 'I'm going to own you noob!'
Don't worry, I won't ever do that. That being said, if you are one who wouldn't mind me doing so, please let me know.
In the end, Cena smirked it all off, finished his segment on a high note, hugged his dad and kissed his wife and jumped onto some dudes and drank their beer (and spilt it all around). Actions do tell a story, and this time they yelled Cena you're up 2-0 son.