Pardon me if I'm not up-to-date on the latest storylines. I'm in my first semester of law school, so it can be a little rough. (Not to mention, it gives me a nice excuse to avoid watching WWE's excuse for "wrestling" nowadays.) But when I heard that John Cena might be leaving Raw, something motivated me to tune in and watch.
At first, I thought it might be hope that Raw's product would be re-invigorated by the absence of Cena and the Five Moves of Doom.
Then I was thinking it might be the chance that new and fresh talent might be able to make it to the main event without having to watch a regurgitation of the same feud that's been going on for the past two years, where WWE takes one of three or four wrestlers and simply changes up the parts every now and again.
Then I was thinking that the motivation might stem from a realization that I had perhaps written Cena completely off...that I was wrong in my initial assessments of Cena's talent, and that he was, indeed, an in-ring phenom.
Tonight, I realized what the motivator was: Naivete.
Tonight was not an epic battle designed to see who was the true king of the WWE, nor was it a battle where both competitors were evenly matched and gave it all they had.
Simply put, it was Randy Orton carrying the match in-between the 55-minute mark and the 10-minute mark, followed by Cena chasing Orton until the five-minute mark, and then finished by the weakest finish I can remember. The "WWE Universe" got about maybe 10 minutes of action from John Cena, and the most epic of the Super Cena comebacks.
And this is exactly what is wrong with WWE, and why I will continue to focus on my studies and not on the flashing images onscreen. Their insistence on promoting John Cena as the People's Champion, when his fan base consists mostly of those who don't yet legally qualify as "people" is a slap in the face.
When Rocky Maivia was pushed down the throats of fans nearly 13 years ago, they reacted. And what did WWE do? They listened to their fans and changed it up.
Cena has been getting more boos than cheers for the better part of four or five years now. Just a time frame: When I left the Navy in November 2005 and started working on my undergraduate degree in June 2006, Cena was at the beginning of the boo-cheer phase. How has he not once been turned heel?
And their continuation of the "John Cena is Awesome" tour is just a microcosm of what afflicts the WWE today: An ambivalence by WWE bookers as to the wishes of their fans. Were TNA not so god-awful, they would probably be in the lead and might actually be able to start a second wrestling war to reinvigorate the sports-entertainment business.
As TNA is not currently a threat, though, bookers can do whatever they so please without ramification.
And sadly, we the fans will continue to suffer.