For John Cena’s sake, he better lose his epic match to the Rock at the upcoming WrestleMania in Miami.
Because, believe it or not, Cena will find it even harder to rise above the additional hate that will be thrust upon him should he walk out of Miami with his hand raised in victory.
Over the past several years, Cena’s character has been one of the most polarizing ones in the history of professional wrestling. A major component of his “Never Give Up” gimmick is the fact that Cena almost always emerges from any given rivalry on top.
This aura of invincibility has undoubtedly won over tons of younger fans and made WWE tons of money from the pockets of those younger fans’ parents.
However, Cena’s invincibility has alienated a whole other legion of WWE fans, notably males old enough to pay their own taxes and realize that the tooth fairy doesn’t exist (unless they’re acknowledging the Rock in that regard).
Cena’s booking as Super Cena has turned off many fans, and they’ve never shied away from voicing their displeasure over it. In every WWE arena, there’s a passionate 50-50 split between Cena’s fans and pundits.
It’s a constant exchange of the now-famous chants of “Let’s Go Cena!” and “Cena Sucks!” Expect the anti-Cena vitriol to significantly increase if he beats the Rock at ‘Mania.
After all, if Cena can’t even job to a future Hall of Famer like Dwayne Johnson in his own hometown, what will that say about his ego? Heck, even the unbeatable Hulk Hogan lost a match or two in the then-WWF (didn’t he?!).
Why can’t Cena?
And for those who will contend that a Cena loss will compromise his “Never Give Up” appeal, I think it could actually have the opposite effect.
Cena’s whole invincibility image is becoming a little too unbelievable, even for WWE’s younger fans. Forget about rising above hate.
Cena needs to learn how to rise above adversity, too. If Cena were to lose to the Rock, it would be a great opportunity to show his fans—and critics—how he would respond to it.
Having Cena rebound from a hard-fought WrestleMania defeat can allow WWE to provide a great life lesson for its youngest fans: overcoming tough situations. It’s a lot more believable than having Cena emerge unscathed from yet another epic showdown.
I can only imagine how the hate for Cena will grow from a WrestleMania victory. It will be yet another slap in the face to a fanbase tired of Cena’s pedantic and predictable character.
As a result, the Cenation backlash will only grow in WWE arenas, most likely to the point of no return. It could get even nastier, if that’s possible.
Like I said, Cena better lose on April 1. It’s for his own good.