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What If John Cena Was Scouted By TNA First?

CONCORD, NC - MAY 27:  Professional wrestler John Cena, speaks to members of the media during a press conference, prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 27, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  Cena was there to talk about taking part in the TV show ?Fast Cars and Super Stars: Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race.?  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Stephan JohnsonContributor IJuly 20, 2009

Before I even start, I already know: "This is my second 'What If' article, and it makes it look like I stole someone else's idea with the 'What If' articles." That isn't the case. I only did one "What If" article because it really made me think, and now this one because a fan requested it. So without further question, here it is:


John Cena. In just a few short years he has become a household name and every girl's dream guy. Even people that aren't wrestling fans know him from two films: "The Marine" and "12 Rounds." You can't go anywhere without seeing a John Cena T-shirt or chain.

Thanks to this five-time WWE Champion—combined WWE and World Heavyweight—every kid in the world wants to be a professional wrestler. He has made numerous visits to Nickelodeon Studios for the Kid's Choice Awards. John Cena: Simply athletic.

Now I pose the question: "What if Cena was pick up by TNA first?"

I don't even know where to begin.

Would Cena have gotten the push he did in WWE? Many believe the answer is: No, he only got the push he did because of Brock Lesnar hurting Cena's knee.

That's what they think. Cena may have gotten to the status that AJ Styles had within his first three months of being in TNA. At that point in time, TNA wasn't as concentrated on stealing WWE wrestlers.

Would there be a "Spinning Title?" In WWE, no. I believe that TNA probably wouldn't have allowed it either. They tend to stick more to tradition. However, that doesn't mean that Cena wouldn't have done that with an independent promotion, or done it as an independent belt that he could defend in TNA.

Would John Cena use the F-U as his finisher? Nope. He only used that as an insult to Brock Lesnar's finisher, the F-5, after Brock injured the knee of Cena. Cena would probably call it the Death Valley Driver or use his old finisher the Protobomb.

Would John Cena have accomplished as much as he has today? That answer is simple. I know that it may sound mean, and I don't mean for it to, but it is simply: No. TNA is nowhere near close to competing with WWE. Therefore Cena would not have achieved five World Titles, two Tag Team Championships, three United States Championships, and a Royal Rumble win. He would not be a household name, and—maybe God was punishing us with this one— hit movies. This is the point where I wish he was in TNA.

It all narrows down to this. Would John Cena be as big a name as he is in WWE? No. If it wasn't for WWE, John Cena would be another over-paid and over-used, no-talent wrestler in TNA, just like Jeff Jarrett.

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