Being a WWE fan who dislikes John Cena can be an infuriating experience as often as he wins the WWE title. His win at WrestleMania 29 makes it 11 times he's held that championship.
Instead of waiting for the Cena era to end or escaping to the Cena-free zones of TNA and Ring of Honor, a Cena-hater can find ways to derive enjoyment from WWE's golden boy time as champ.
As many expected, Cena defeated The Rock at WrestleMania 29. After shaking off three Rock Bottoms, Cena ended the night victorious. It was a moment that likely sickened Cena's detractors. It's this kind of superhuman booking that is a big part of why folks chant, "Cena sucks!"
For those fans, the inevitability of Cena at the top of WWE is disheartening.
Cena is just too popular with casual fans, kids and the military to be out of the WWE title picture for long. He's WWE’s ambassador, a man hugely involved with charities like Make-A-Wish. If one can't find in their heart to join Cenation, there are other options.
Cena haters can begin by voicing their opinions at live events.
Booing Can Be More Fun Than Cheering
Head to the next WWE house show or pay-per-view that comes to your town. Wait until Cena's music hits and boo until you grow hoarse.
The crowd at the first Raw after WrestleMania 29 showed us just how powerful a unified crowd can become.
Cena haters should make it their goal to boo and chant so loudly that Cena must stop his promo in mid-sentence.
Make it deafening. Make it creative. Don't just stick with "Cena sucks!" or "You can't wrestle!" Instead, start one of your own.
Maybe it catches on. Maybe you become part of an audience that hijacks the show—a group of fans who show their disapproval in booming fashion.
Any fans of the Astros or Royals will tell you, it's sometimes more fun to boo the Yankees when they come to town then it is to cheer for one's own team. For a number of fans, Cena is the Yankees.
It was vocal Cena-haters who made his One Night Stand match against Rob Van Dam so special and helped elevate the CM Punk vs. Cena Money in the Bank match to classic status. Booing can be a visceral, cathartic experience.
If that doesn't work, one can always move on to drinking.
Turning Cena's move set into a reason to get trashed transforms every Cena appearance into a reason to celebrate.
The next time you gather friends around the TV for an episode of Raw, select one of Cena's moves and pledge to drink a shot every time he hits it. If you select shoulder blocks, be prepared for a debilitating hangover.
Or else, one can take a swig after every time Cena kicks out of a move. Make it two if it's out of a finisher.
Soon enough, Cena haters will look forward to his matches. Utilizing a Pavlovian effect, one might even start to get a buzz just seeing Cena walk onto the entrance ramp.
As a last resort, Cena fans can make his title runs more enjoyable through snarky, juvenile humor.
There isn't a wrestler on the planet who gets made fun of as often as Cena does on the web.
Think of creating funny taglines to go with photos of Cena as a form of therapy.
If you're angry that he beats your favorite wrestlers every time or if his goofiness irks you, head to your computer and let humor be your salve.
Pick out a Cena template and get to work. Share the results with your fellow Cena-haters.
As WWE has made clear in the last few years, Cena isn't going to change. He isn't turning heel or deepening his character. He's going to be the same kid-friendly hero, like it or not. Waiting for Cena to exit the main event scene or WWE altogether is a fool's errand.
It's far wiser to find ways to make the most of his recent run at the top and enjoy the ride.
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