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John Cena: AKA Superman: Why This Is Not a Problem...

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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Bradley HicksContributor IJune 4, 2010

It seems many members of the IWC are up in arms about the current "Superman" status of one John Cena, they cannot stand him, he needs to turn heel, get him off WWE etc etc. Why does Cena need to change? I will be one of the few (although I have seen one or two articles defending him) that will stand up to the Cena haters.

Now I am by no means a Cena mark, or even a huge Cena fan. However, I have seen here on BR lately many comments regarding how "sick" they feel when Cena's music starts and the crowd pops. Is that not what he is supposed to be doing? He is the face of the WWE, he is in movies, they had made two DVD's in his name, he is at every WWE event, shaking hands and kissing babies.

I think he is playing his role within the company exceptionally well. As MANY Bleachers have stated, Pro Wrestling is a business, and John Cena is a valuable employee who is obviously selling the business really well. I run my own business, and I reward staff of mine who bring in more sales. While I cannot give them Championship belts (but how cool would that be!!!), I give out vouchers, paid days off, congratulatory dinners etc. Why should WWE be verbally bashed for rewarding employees who bring in more revenue and profit?

One thing that always seems to come up when mentioning John Cena, is the "Attitude era" of the WWE. Stone Cold, The Rock, Kane, The Undertaker, HBK, Edge & Lita's live sex show... And how much better that was. But was that really different? Was Stone Cold not doing the same as John Cena is now? I heard a windscreen smash in my neighbourhood recently and I cheered and looked out the window, waiting for Steve to come walking down my street. cursing and mumbling to himself...

When that glass broke, the whole crowd went insane. It was always the biggest pop of the night, other than when these words were piped through the speakers: "If ya sa - mellll". You could never hear the rest because the crowds cheers drowned out the: "What the Rock, is cookin'".

Why should we bash Cena because he receives cheap pops, when back in the day, we were all doing the same for Stone Cold and The Rock. I know I was, and I am sure most of you who love the "Attitude Era" were too.

So let's sit back, take a good look and see what we are really angry at. Cena and his popularity? Or our own discontent with the fact we have grown up and can no longer suspend reality enough to cheer for someone that children cheer for...

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