As Stephanie McMahon stepped onstage on Raw to announce the main event for the upcoming Royal Rumble, many thought that it would involve WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton.
Unfortunately, she announced that not only would it involve Orton, his opponent would be former world champion John Cena.
And as that news left the lips of the Billion Dollar Princess, the WWE Universe collectively sighed, knowing that it would again be seeing a main event match between the two.
And overall, it adds absolutely no intrigue to the event.
It is not that the match will not be entertaining or even worthy of a main event spot. The simple issue here is that matches between the two are par for the course at this point, and after countless encounters, it is becoming boring and stale.
While more deserving or younger Superstars wait in the wings, Cena and Orton will do battle yet again.
And if it seems like we have been seeing this same encounter over and over again, it is because we have.
The current rivalry between the two began the day after Survivor Series in November, so by the time the match at the Rumble comes around, we will have seen them trade barbs for over two months.
And while that is not horribly long for a professional wrestling feud, bear in mind that we have seen these two wage war countless times over the past decade or so.
Sure, Cena is the resident hero of the company, and his job is to vanquish all evil that tries to do harm. But wouldn’t his time be better spent trying to quiet to storm that the Wyatt Family (and newest member Daniel Bryan) is beginning to cause? Or quickly end whatever momentum someone like Brock Lesnar or Bad News Barrett is building?
As for Orton, there are several up-and-coming faces that could warrant a world title shot.
Intercontinental champion Big E Langston is main event ready. The same could be said for others like Antonio Cesaro (should be make a face turn), Dolph Ziggler or the Miz.
But Cena and Orton are two of the company's biggest stars, and many others have not yet earned that place.
But how can they ever hope to do so if they are never given an opportunity?
But in addition to seeing these two square off constantly, fans could also be getting sick and tired of them hogging all of the limelight for themselves, mainly at the expense of others that seem to warrant it much more.
We have now seen perhaps the most popular Superstar on the roster, Daniel Bryan, reduced to playing second fiddle to Bray Wyatt in a confusing and maddening storyline.
By having him join the deranged group of misfits, the company has completely destroyed any popularity that Bryan has spent over a year building, simply to take the focus off of him and place it back on the resident saviors, Cena and Orton.
In addition, CM Punk is currently mired in a strange three-on-one storyline with The Shield, which is not necessarily hindering his popularity, but it also is not doing him any favors, either.
Every week, the trio gangs up on the Straight Edge Superstar, only for him to somehow outsmart them and come out on top. However, it does not help him re-enter the world title picture, something that he has been way out of for far too long.
And now with the returns of both Lesnar and Batista, the company could be setting the stage for something big to come. However, we will have to wait at least until the Royal Rumble to find out what that might be.
So in the meantime, we will get to see Cena and Orton continue their tired and boring game of cat and mouse, which, in the end, will elicit no other reaction than fans wanting to change the channel to see reruns of old sitcoms.
And at this point, that actually might be more interesting.
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