Defending John Cena. "The Champ Is Here"

Chuck RoseContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  Wrestler John Cena appears in the ring during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a huge fan of John Cena. In fact like most of the people here that write, read, and comment on the articles at Bleacher Report I'm more of a fan of guys like Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, C.M. Punk, Edge and Christian.That being said I have to say that all the criticism I see on here for John Cena is somewhat unwarranted and does bug me quite a bit.

Almost every article I read that mentions Cena mentions his "limited" move set either in the comments or in the article itself. Yet I watch him perform on Monday Night Raw and see something much different.

I see punches, backdrops, body slams, leg sweeps, clotheslines, arm drags, small packages, flying shoulder tackles, bulldogs, suplexes, leg drops off the top rope, the "Attitude Adjustment" (great play on words there), and the STF. As well as the admittedly dumb "5-knuckle shuffle". Now I'll admit I'm not a fan of the shuffle or its counterparts, The Boom Drop, Ballin', and everyone's favorite The Rock and his "Peoples Elbow", but overall I think that's pretty well rounded for a big guy.

If by limited you mean no drop-kicks, Insiguries or Hurricanranas and the like. I see your point, but when was the last time you saw Evan Bourne, John Morrison or Rey Mysterio body slam The Big Show? Would that then make them "limited"? 

Limited? no. He plays to his strengths like everyone else in the business.

Next I'd like to touch on his mic skills. From what I read on here its 50/50, some give the respect he deserves while others harshly criticize. I'd say 50/50 is what I'd expect as he does do what he can with what the creative team gives him. He has had some of the better feuds in recent memory, for example last year the feud with Randy Orton was easily one of the better feuds of 2009, going back and forth, week to week, PPV to PPV and finally culminating in the Iron Man match at Bragging Rights, Overall I thought that was pretty good stuff.

I'd also have to say B-2 and "The Chain Gang" and Cena's freestyle rap gimmick did a pretty good job of getting under my skin, but it was all worth it because I hated Brock Lesnar and whichever gimmick he was trying to get over with.

The internet fan boys seem to give props to the Heels that get cheered, but what about the Faces that get booed?

Overall I'd have to say that while he is not "The best in the world at what he does" but he is a far cry from the likes of Batista.

As far as the rest of it he does go out there night after night, sticks his neck out and gives it his all. He's had a herniated disk, and had his pectoral muscle ripped off the bone. Not to mention the small minor injuries that every athlete goes through.

He is also probably the best ambassador for the WWE, He reaches out to terminally ill children through The Kids Wish Network and is always willing to show his support for U.S. troops overseas. As well as his willingness to do talk shows, movies and special guest appearances and the like.

I have a few opinions on why he is so resented in the Internet community. First off is the demographic he appeals to. The kids eat him up as he plays his gimmick to a tee there getting over with the kids, but honestly this is the most important part of his persona. Get the kids to watch now and develop a fan-base... then they'll stick with it as they get older. Much like my generation with Hulk Hogan then as we got older the WWE matured into The Attitude Era with The Rock and Stone Cold.

Another thing I constantly hear is how he is portrayed as "unstoppable", well guess what? That is the exact image WWE creative writes for him. Even that though is kind of unmerited. From dropping the U.S. title to Carlito in Carlito's debut to more recently losing to Sheamus in a tables match. He has shown he willing to take a loss to help with a younger superstar's credibility.

Honestly though I think the resentment stems from something more sinister then these reasons I have listed above. No the reason for the resentment stems from much the same reasons people hate the Yankees or The Cowboys. Success breeds resentment. Everyone hates a winner. The fact is though he is the the biggest name in pro-wrestling today, he draws more fans, puts more butts in the seats and sells more merchandise than anyone else. 

That of course is the other reason for the resentment. When someone is trendy the initial response for "cult" followers and the like to not like somebody because of his popularity. The ironic thing is that it then becomes trendy to dislike someone. That never made much sense to me.

So me, I'll continue to be a lifetime, die hard Jericho-lic. As far as Cena I'll appreciate him for what he does. The multiple title reigns, and the Superman gimmick knowing that he has paid his dues and does his job and helps make it possible to enjoy the likes of Chris Jericho and C.M. Punk. Also knowing he's getting the next generation hooked so that ten years from now I can still watch.

I'll have to disagree with John on one thing though, Oh yes John "We can see you." everywhere we look! That's a good thing though because he is "The Franchise" and "his time is now"