Vince McMahon and the Case for a John Cena Divorce Storyline in the WWE

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2012

John Cena's ongoing divorce has dominated dirtsheet headlines this past week.  The only thing that would garner more attention for the WWE superstar's current marital woes would be if he divorced the WWE itself, which we know will never happen. 

With Cena's real-life problems now becoming more intriguing than any current scripted storyline in the WWE, the discussion of whether or not the WWE will shoot yet another art-imitating-life angle featuring its top star becomes obligatory.  

If there's anything that is a constant in the WWE, and in the predatory mind of Vince McMahon, it's the fact that the promotion rarely passes up an opportunity to turn interesting, real-life issues into a storyline. And in the year-round jock soap opera that is the WWE, nothing is off limits. 


So when the WWE's biggest star and de facto Superman is being humanized through a very real divorce, an opportunity to capitalize on the equally real intrigue has been presented. 

Some fans may consider it tasteless and cold to have Cena channel such difficult emotions during a trying time in his life for the betterment of a corporate bottom line.

These passionate objections toward a Cena divorce storyline will only translate into the same general interest that will drive a WWE rating upwards should the WWE decide to green light Cevorce

After Cena lost to the Rock at WrestleMania earlier this year, the WWE was heavily and cruelly teasing the anti-Cena contingent with an impending Cena slump. 

With Brock Lesnar on deck, coming in with a head of steam for his much-anticipated return to the WWE, the stage was set for an unprecedented losing streak for the wounded hero. 

A John Cena slump can be revamped through a divorce storyline.
A John Cena slump can be revamped through a divorce storyline.

Cena's inexplicable win over Lesnar threw away what would have been a fresh batch of character development. This would have played right into the hands of the subsequent news breaking of Cena's divorce, adding an aspect of problems outside of the ring contributing to a downward spiral.

But in Cena's pending divorce, the WWE is presented with an opportunity to reprise Cena's role as the star of a kayfabe Greek tragedy.  

Considering the low precedent that the WWE has set for itself when it comes to exploiting real-life storylines, "fodderizing" Cena's divorce to create compelling television is child's play compared to some of the other stories in which the WWE has preyed upon.  

Cena may already be playing up an uncharacteristic aloofness caused by his publicized split. 

YouTube sensation Ed Bassmaster recently wrote on his Facebook page that Cena denied his request for a photo op as the usually approachable superstar appeared short and unpleasant. 

“So I’m at the airport in Tampa and I get on the shuttle bus. It’s just me and John Cena. I ask him for a quick pic and he says “I’m on my way home” without even making eye contact with me. Thanks John, it wasn’t for me. It was for my 4 year old little nephew. My three year olds John Cena doll is going in the trash when I get home,”

Bassmaster later apologized for airing his public frustrations with Cena once the Cena divorce story broke shortly after his mini-rant. 

Fans who attended WWE  live events over the weekend have reported that Cena appeared out of it during his matches with the Miz and Dolph Ziggler. 

Given the consummate professional that Cena is, even in dealing with similarly traumatic incidents throughout his career, for Cena to be so noticeably affected by marriage problems is almost too unbecoming of sports entertainment's resident soldier.

Fair or not, nobody is above being exploited by the WWE.  At the end of the day, John Cena is but a paid performer. 

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Also read: WWE Star John Cena's Divorce: Should It Be Off-Limits or Fodder for Storylines?