John Cena said it himself on Raw Monday night.
For the past 10 years, it has been Cena who has come to work every day. Fans like him or hate him and in his own words, Cena was succint--- he has been along for the ride.
Those 10 years have been good to Cena, allowed him to become arguably the most polarizing wrestler in WWE history, a movie star (actually that is debatable) and has become the WWE's biggest marketing tool of all time. But after the 10 years and at 35 years old, maybe it is time for Cena to finally leave his perch as the top draw and allow himself a change or two to his character and the direction the WWE wants to go.
This is merely an assumption based on my part regarding the direction the WWE is willing to travel. But I do know that year after year, we as fans have gotten a stale mouthful of Fruity Pebbles that kids eat up and adults tolerate. For everything we want John Cena to not be, the fact remains his commitment to causes like Make-A-Wish and the Armed Forces is as close to anything Hulk Hogan did in the 1980s with Hulkamania.
Vince McMahon would be stupid to cash out that kind of success.
The WWE cannot move forward until it makes some major decisions about its lead heroes and villains. Monday night could have been the start of something great for the company. Cena told The Rock, the fans in attendance in Philadelphia and the millions watching that The Rock is the only man who he admittedly allowed to get under his skin and it cost him everything last year.
Imagine what happens if that happens again? Imagine what happens if The Rock retains the WWE Title and goes on to Extreme Rules to face Cena again? Imagine if we see a more aggressive and bullying Cena in one more match with "The Great One."
Wasn't it Brock Lesnar who shocked the world last year by calling out the fan favorite and proved he could affect the entire company with one F-5?
Cena, with all his vanilla personality and stale bread attitude has gotten a bit feistier of late and it shows. More aggression in his tone, more aggression in his voice and more attitude. Sticking a hand in the face of The Rock last night did not help, but we get the picture.
I am hoping this is the beginning of the end for Cena as we know him. Who steps in to make the transition is anyone's guess. But a fresh Cena, a real change in attitude and the chance to make a new start for the company is just what both Cena and the WWE need.
Until then, the wrestling promotion is being held hostage by what used to work, not what works right now.