WWE: Why John Cena Must Step Down as the No. 1 Guy

Chris Featherstone@@CraveWrestlingFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012


We've seen it all with John Cena.

TLC, Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber, Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank—the list goes on.

Feuds with CM Punk, Edge, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Rock, Big Show, Sheamus, Randy Orton—the list goes on.

10-time WWE Champion, two-time World Heavyweight Champion, three-time US Champion—the list goes on.

Really, what more must we be forced to be indulged of John Cena?

From a business standpoint, though, Cena has proven to be second advent of Hulk Hogan. Since Hogan, no one has been the top guy for a longer period of time than Cena. Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Rock, and Triple H all have fairly strong cases, but none of them were the posterboy for the WWE for as long as Cena. Hogan had a solid eight years as the face of the WWE (minus a short parallel with Randy Savage in 1988), and Cena is approaching eight years as the face of the WWE.

For this reason alone, John Cena should step down from being the guy for the WWE. Just about every feud that he will be affiliated with in the future will be a recycled one, with maybe the exception of Dolph Ziggler or Damien Sandow. Even then, most of us would rather see another babyface involved in those feuds.

Don't get me wrong—Cena has unquestionably exhibited a Hall of Fame career, like him or not. However, the WWE has not seen a pure babyface in quite some time.

Is it a sign of the times where the WWE can not create a pure babyface—meaning a babyface who does not have any heel tendencies while as a face, i.e. Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart—anymore?

Maybe this path should be considered with Superstars such as Tyson Kidd, Alex Riley, Ted DiBiase and Kofi Kingston.

Whomever the next person in line is to be the top babyface should be getting groomed now and groomed well, as he can be a top contender for a long time. Many argue that the person filling this position is Ryback. Though he has a good look, I don't see him being a consistent top babyface who will be involved in the World Title picture for years to come.

Whatever the case may be, John Cena should step aside, though still be relevant and involved in upper mid-card non-title feuds (similar to the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H), and let someone else take the baton.

This will be a tough decision; Cena appearing on Raw tonight and involved in a storyline while still injured proves that he is the oxygen tank of the WWE. This quickly must change, before Cena gets exhausted, gets more injured or just decides to retire and nobody else is on deck to fill his shoes.

Should John Cena step down as the No. 1 guy? If so, who should be groomed as the next top babyface? Civilly comment below.

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