John Cena: You Made Him

Nathan WintersContributor IIIJuly 20, 2010

A lot of things can be said about John Cena. On the one hand, the most common description includes his apparent lack of wrestling ability, his boring, vapid, and immature promos, or his self indulgent, inflated sense of Superman syndrome that fuels his matches and battle cries. 

On the other hand, the logical defense lies in the fact that John Cena can wrestle. And he does it quite well—almost too well. So well in fact that his matches look almost too clean and smooth. Psychology dictates that this could hinder his matches. And really, it could be potentially his single greatest flaw. Being too clean.

Regardless, John Cena remains the single most prolific wrestler to debut in last decade. His catch-cries and phrases have become the most recognized of the last 10 years.

Despite his disposition towards the live audience, his ability to garner a response remains second to none.

Because of this and his crisp, almost seamless, flow to his matches, he remains the single most electrifying in-ring performer in the modern WWE universe. 

His talents are obvious and were recognized by wrestling fans. The reactions grew stronger and stronger. The WWE reacted accordingly. Before too long, John Cena become the fastest rising long-term superstar in the WWE. He's potentially the next franchise player for World Wrestling Entertainment. 

And without a doubt, by 2005 John Cena was the man. He has remained at the top ever since, helping to establish a legitimate contender in Edge and re-establishing the ever-evolving Randy Orton as the true anti-hero. 

Yet in 2010 the WWE might be facing its biggest problem of the decade. The John Cena brand name has grown so strong, and the man himself has become so immensely talented in his role as the WWE franchise, that the WWE machine risks being unable to find a replacement. 

As at this point in time, there isn't anyone else on the roster, at least full-time, who can carry the company the way John Cena does. The world championship and main event scenes have become highly repetitive and redundant. It is limiting the introduction of new and younger superstars to the fold, at least as card-carrying superfaces, when the bar has been set so high. 

But more importantly, this is eliminating the single most important heel turn in modern WWE history. The day John Cena turns heel will instantly become one of the most prolific moments in the modern-day WWE. 

At the end of the day, the fans made John Cena.

You, me, the collective Internet community, and every single person going to a live event. You made John Cena.

You made him through your reaction, your live responses, and your immense debate.  You dictated the landscape of the WWE.