John Cena is his own worst enemy.
As a wrestler who refuses to change with the times, he is a WWE Champion who still maintains the same stale character since dropping the rap gimmick.
Keep in mind: It works for the majority of the WWE Universe. Cena has fulfilled the most wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation, an outstanding accomplishment for himself and the WWE. He also is still a top merchandise seller for WWEShop.com and still retains his draw status for the WWE.
How is John Cena his own worst enemy? It’s simple; his character is a double-edged sword. Some people love him, while some don’t to say the least. The WWE fans love Cena as evident from this past Raw. The diehard wrestling fans, however, despise him.
How many true wrestling towns “boo” Cena out of the building? New York, Chicago, London and even his hometown of Boston are not happy seeing the current WWE Champion.
Live crowds at pay-per-view events hound Cena relentlessly. The WrestleMania crowd made that known on WrestleMania day and the post-WrestleMania Raw.
This can’t be John Cena’s fault, right? Actually, it is for one reason: the stubbornness.
We get the same style of promos from Cena every time. He makes unfunny remarks about his opponents that go well with some of the audience while others are not overwhelmed by his banter. Cena’s still a draw because the majority of the true wrestling fans want to see him lose, which unfortunately doesn’t happen often.
What can John Cena do to change the fans’ opinions? Well, he won’t change everyone’s views on him. He even admitted that during a contract signing against CM Punk two years ago.
Maybe it’s not about winning them over, not directly anyway. Maybe it’s about tweaking the character.
Take a look at the standard Cena promo against general wrestlers. It’s boring, unfunny and too amateurish for WWE standards. Now, take a look when he’s against good talkers (Punk, The Rock, etc.). Promos are more streamlined for serious, realistic interaction. Bottom line: Cena appears great when everyone else is credible. It wouldn’t hurt if he did that for everyone else.
John Cena’s worst enemy in the WWE is himself. He doesn’t have to win everyone over immediately, but he can overcome and rise above the hate. It’ll just take more time than everyone would like to admit,Ni and frankly, if anyone can do it, it’s John Cena.