“April 1st means everything to me, because I’m not just fighting for me. I’m fighting for every person behind that curtain, whose dream was to be in this ring. I’m fighting for every person behind that curtain whose dream was to be a WWE Superstar and stay a WWE Superstar.” - John Cena
Over the past month, John Cena has been doing some of the best promo work of his career. Cena has ignited fierce discussion amongst the wrestling audience with a barrage of personal shots aimed at The Rock.
As the biggest match of all time approaches, John Cena is committed to proving a point. He wants to cement his legacy and fight for the wrestlers in the locker room who The Rock deserted.
It’s a commendable notion. It’s just seven years too late.
Am I now supposed to believe John Cena is all of a sudden the purveyor of justice when it comes to looking out for talent?
John Cena has been the WWE’s poster boy for almost seven years. In that time, the company has arguably had the least amount of star power in its history. This is largely due to the Internet’s favourite superhero, Super Cena.
From his position on the top of the company, who has Cena helped? How many wrestlers has John Cena taken and propelled to the next level? Who has John Cena elevated?
That would be zero. Not one up and coming WWE Superstar has gone into a feud with Cena and come out of it a bigger star.
(Preemptive Author’s Note: Last summer, Cena did not elevate CM Punk. CM Punk elevated CM Punk. John Cena merely laid down twice [both Dusty finishes nonetheless] whilst CM Punk became the most captivating wrestler in a decade through his own hard work.)
John Cena has done more damage to the ostensible future of the WWE than he has anything else.
Exhibit A: The Nexus.
Do you guys remember the ending of the June 7, 2010, edition of Raw? Do you remember the buzz the inception of The Nexus caused? Now do you remember what happened for the remainder of 2010?
Cena made the group irrelevant in one night at SummerSlam, where he recovered from a DDT on concrete (CONCRETE!!!!!), and picked up the win.
He also constantly undermined Barrett when he was a member of the group, making the newcomers look stupid in the process.
He then ended the year by getting fired, only to return the next night and send Barrett packing to the midcard at TLC.
Where are The Nexus now? Daniel Bryan got out before he got hurt, Barrett has only recently recovered from Super Cena’s antics, and the rest of The Nexus are currently in various forms of obscurity.
Point being, not one member of The Nexus came out of that angle a star...except the already-established John Cena.
Does that sound like a guy who is fighting for the people in the back?
Exhibit B: The Miz.
The Miz was on a steady rise to the top, and as each month went by, his fan support grew.
Then he was fed to Cena.
Yes, Miz did beat Cena at WrestleMania, but he was merely a pawn in the Cena/Rock feud. Cena never put Miz over. Just go back to the anticlimactic manner Cena ended Miz’s title reign at Extreme Rules.
Or you could watch Cena destroy any ounce of credibility Miz had by taking 20 minutes of punishment from Miz AND Alex Riley, only to
Hulk up come back and make Miz quit at the drop of a hat at Over the Limit.
Wave goodbye to Miz’s perception as a Main Event talent. Buh bye.
Now, I’m sure many of you may argue that the above atrocities are the fault of “creative” and not John Cena. Well, maybe to an extent. But you must realise, Cena is THE guy in that company. If he were truly fighting for the guys in the back, he’d make them look strong once in a while.
Yet the only person Cena has ever made look strong is himself.