Oct. 7, 2007
This date marks the moment Randy Orton began his ascent to what was at the time, the Main Event Monopoly.
April 3, 2005
This date marks the moment John Cena, an upper-mid card star who had put on many great matches as a mid-carder, began his ascent to become the face of WWE.
What do these dates have to do with the title of the article?
Simple, These two dates not only mark these two men's ascent to top dogs in the WWE they are today, they also mark the moment the WWE decided that in order for these men to be the top dogs in the company, they had to give up any true hint of in ring ability that made them special.
Not to say that Orton and Cena haven't participated in some great matches in their ascent to the top but, to truly reach the pinnacle of sports entertainment, they had to become a "McMahon" type of guy.
Lets get this straight—that is not always a bad thing, well at least not until the focus on the ability to cut a promo and advertise your character becomes so lopsided that it begins to show in your ring work.
John Cena and Randy Orton are not bad wrestlers, but at one time they where not only average in the ring, people could argue that they where anywhere from good to great in the ring.
The one-sided focus on character, with little focus being put on skill, has hurt these men's talents.
Think about it: if you play a sport and you are good at it, do you not have to practice frequently in order to maintain that high level of talent you have?
John Cena has never really known or at least shown the knowledge of more moves than he knows now, but John Cena, during the height of his wrestling matches was a master of move placement, which is what truly makes a great wrestler.
It does not matter if you know 10,000 moves if you have terrible move placement and terrible in ring charisma, your match will suck.
Whereas, a person who knows eight moves may put on a five-star match because of how he well he sold and how well he placed his moves.
It is in the area of move placement that both John Cena and Randy Orton have declined. It is not just Cena and Orton that have declined because of their inclusion into the Main-Event scene, CM Punk and Chris Jericho have also began to falter in the ring since their inclusion into the not-so-exclusive-anymore club.
The reason for this is easy to figure out: The WWE since mid to late 2008, has been catering heavily to the young children as well as women in the audience.
These two demographics make up roughly 40 percent of WWE's audience. In order to connect better with these casual fans, the WWE looks to have been limiting wrestlers move sets in order for fans to better connect with a "Superstar" and their gimmick.
If you are a casual fan or a little kid, how exciting is it to see your favorite wrestlers five moves of doom and know that the match is in the bag?
My question to you.
Would you sell your wrestling soul for millions of dollars, and a chance to headline Wrestlemania? I know I would.
If you would too, then don't blame the wrestler for the lack of quality matches; blame the game.