John Cena Is Primed for 15th World Title Run in Daniel Bryan's Absence

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014


John Cena sucks.

Or at least that's how roughly half of today's WWE audience feels about him. To some, his 14 world title reigns are impressive. To others, it's two from sacrilege.

To some, his impassioned babyface comebacks are scintillating. To others, it's superman booking.

To some, Cena's credo of "hustle, loyalty and respect" is inspirational. To others, it's corny.

Bottom line, everybody has an opinion about Cena, and he has been around long enough to hear them all. 

Twelve years into a WWE run that has been unprecedented through its divisiveness, Cena's legacy has already been written.

It's basically going through final edits as we speak.

Cena's world championship history is so prodigious that capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in WWE's latest (and biggest) Ladder match in history will be just that: another edit on a Hall of Fame legacy.

During a transitional period when WWE has to deal with the brunt of a post-WrestleMania lull and a vacated WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Cena's odds of winning his second Money in the Bank match have suddenly improved.

And for all the Internet fans (many of whom support Daniel Bryan) prepared for a Twitter rampage should Cena win come June 29, Cena is the best chance they've got.

Cena, with a legacy sealed and a ceiling that has already gone as high as it's going to go, would be as interim as a WWE world heavyweight champion gets.

This wouldn't be WWE moving away from Bryan as much it would be the promotion going with the conservative choice until its risk is fully healed.

After coming out in public defense of Bryan on the June 2 episode of Raw, much to the chagrin of Stephanie McMahon, Cena basically has no choice but to uphold his support for the fallen champion and grant him a rematch of last year's SummerSlam main event.

Leading up to WWE's previous "biggest Ladder match of all time," Cena was basically forced into blurting out similar sentiments.

During a segment that was hijacked by Bryan's hometown fans, James Caldwell of PWTorch noted Cena's acknowledgement of a future rematch in his recap:

"Heck, the only legit title shot Bryan ever got was against [John Cena], and Bryan won. Loud 'Yes!' chants from the crowd as Bryan smiled in the background. Cena then gave Bryan a fair re-match if he wins the title match on Sunday. They shook on it."

Is it possible that a field sprinkled with so many intriguing combatants to megafans may render Cena—evil empire unto himself—the sentimental favorite? 

A first-time world championship win for Bray Wyatt, Cesaro or Roman Reigns could be seen as WWE going in a different direction.

Say one of those potential first-time champions with an unknown ceiling begins to move the ratings needle.

What would that do to Bryan's chances of returning to his post?

Savvy Bryan fans, you should best cheer for Cena, even if he clashes with alternate choices who will also be competing.

Because to some, Cena sucks. And that's music to Bryan's beard.

Listen here for Alfred Konuwa's full thoughts on John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Money in the Bank.