WWE superstar John Cena will always have an asterisk next to his legacy after his disappointing loss to the Rock at WrestleMania 28.
On Sunday night, Cena did not adapt and overcome. In fact, it was the Rock that overcame all the odds.
Most fans thought that there was no chance the Rock would win because of the way Cena usually performs when he is up against a tough opponent. Also, most thought Cena would win because of the way the Rock screwed Cena out of a WWE championship victory at WrestleMania 27.
Now the Rock is able to boast about the fact that he has defeated Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Cena at WrestleMania. Even without discussing the rest of his accolades, this is a resume that the Rock is surely proud of.
However, Cena has nothing to be proud about.
By losing to the Rock at WrestleMania, Cena gave his critics, and his fans, something to talk about. All those children and women that looked to him to defeat the Rock are now in disappointment. His pledge to win for the wrestlers in the locker room that dreamed about becoming WWE superstars was broken.
Cena not only let down his fans and his colleagues, but he let himself down too.
All the claims about losing everything if he loses to the Rock have all come to light. Cena has lost everything. He was supposed to defeat the Rock and become a household name with the new wrestling fans that came about because of their promotion. Now he will always be known as the guy who lost to the Rock in the biggest match of their careers.
Cena was half-right when he said “no one remembers second-place.” It’s true how no one usually remembers second place, but when you are as big he is, a loss sticks harder than any victory.
Is Cena's Legacy Forever Tainted?
Not only did the Rock cause him to lose at WrestleMania 27, but he also defeated the leader of Cenation the year after. These are two huge moments that no wrestling fan will ever forget. For the Rock, this is good news. For Cena, however, this is not good to know.
The WWE Universe has already complained about Cena’s legacy in the WWE because they feel that he gets too many undeserved title shots and rematches. The fans also believe that his skill-set is sub-par and his gimmick is wearing out.
These problems will always be associated with Cena’s name and legacy, but a loss to the Rock makes it that much worse.
How much more abuse can Cena take?
Most of the fans hate him. One of the greatest WWE superstars of all time beat him, he suffered a vicious F5 from returning superstar Brock Lesnar on Monday Night Raw, he gets booed out of stadiums when he is up against a heel, and he received "You're a loser" chants by more than 15,000 fans at the American Airlines arena.
Whenever the fans think Cena is about to turn heel they go into an uproar of excitement, but he never does. It's time for a turn.
If Cena starts to feud with Lesnar, which seems pretty obvious, he will suffer from the same reaction from the crowd. His legacy will continue to suffer because the only thing that he had going for him was the fact that he rose above all the hate and conquered.
How many more times can Cena actually say that he will adapt to all the changes and overcome without actually doing it?
When Cena says he will come out on top he always does. It now seems like there might not be that WrestleMania 29 rematch that some have speculated.
The Rock wants to move on to greener pastures and try to win the WWE title. If Cena wants his re-match with the Rock, he definitely needs to work on getting the strap around his waist.
However, if Cena continues to get dismantled by former WWE superstars who are just brought in for a year, then there is nothing to celebrate about his legacy. It's not like Cena is Shawn Michaels, where he can lose in a couple of WrestleMania matches and then go on to have a celebrated career.
Cena needs to change his attitude fast, because those thirteen championships and all those WrestleMania moments now mean nothing.
The only way for Cena to fix his legacy is to turn his back on the fans, strip the WWE championship away from whoever is holding it at the time, and challenge the Rock to "come get some" at WrestleMania 29.
If Cena wins, his legacy will stay intact, if he loses, he might as well move on to TNA.
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