John Cena: When You Can Only Lose as the WWE's Face
"Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win," said Gloria Clemente, as portrayed by Rosie Perez in White Men Can't Jump.
At WWE Hell in a Cell, the unthinkable happened. John Cena lost to Wade Barrett.
For many in the crowd, it was a shocking loss that shook the WWE universe. Fans and members of the "Cenation" and "Chain Gang" couldn't believe that their hero fell to the leader of the ruthless Nexus stable.
They wanted it to be a terrible dream. They wanted it to be a nightmare that they would soon wake up from. In the morning, WWE.com would show the truth. It would show John Cena had won.
Unfortunately, the truth was that he did in fact lose. The nightmare was a reality. John Cena lost to Wade Barrett.
On the other side, there was a group of wrestling fans that was jubilant. The monumental moment that they waited for had happened—John Cena lost to Wade Barrett.
Now, the man who has been the face of the WWE for more than five years was a member of the Nexus. Members of the Internet Wrestling Community feel that this is the heel turn that they've been waiting for.
Perhaps this loss is the countdown to a new John Cena. Perhaps this is the countdown to a heel John Cena.
These are two perspectives on the John Cena loss. One side will get their way while the other side loses out.
Sometimes, I pray that the first opinion is will be appeased in the future. It would only be right.
For too long, John Cena has been synonymous with many atrocities that plague the WWE.
He's been synonymous with the "PG" rating that appears in the upper left-hand corner of television screens.
He's been synonymous with the epitome of talentless workers getting undeserved pushes over their more "capable" peers.
He's been synonymous with the alleged downfall of the WWE. He's been synonymous with everything that some wrestling fans just love to hate.
He should be synonymous with Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and The Rock. In this day and age, that is nearly impossible.
For years, I've heard people jeer and boo at John Cena for being the man that the WWE made him to be. It was evident to me since WrestleMania 22.
In a feat greater than his first-ever WWE title victory, John Cena made Triple H tap out at the grandest stage of them all. His reward was a chorus of animosity. From then on, he was one of the most hated figures in the art of pro wrestling.
Let's forget the fact that he is also the most recognizable face in the wrestling industry. He was undoubtedly hated.
For four years, and even to this day, John Cena is the subject of scorn on Bleacher Report, wrestling message boards, and amongst scores of "Cena Haters" in wrestling arenas around the world.
People hate John Cena—so they want him to turn heel.
They want John Cena to become a man with no remorse, no regrets, and no one to look out for but himself.
They want John Cena to become ruthless, aggressive, and menacing.
They want John Cena to turn heel.
Let's forget the fact that he's the most recognizable face in the wrestling industry. Let's forget the fact that he's one of the most reliable workers in the WWE.
Let's forget that he's doing his job when he goes out with his "five moves of doom" and cheesy one-liners that even I cringe at.
Let's forget that John Cena's "Superman" gimmick is nothing but good for the WWE.
Instead, we have to hate John Cena. We have to hate the best thing wrestling has right now. The only thing that makes him bad are the naysayers who want him to stop being so bland.
It's a lose-lose career for John Cena at this point. Although he'll be a remembered wrestling figure for years to come, he'll always have a tarnished legacy.
The fault won't be his own. Blame the naysayers.
Blame the ones who cheer for Cena to stay aligned with the Nexus in some way. Blame the ones who want this cruel joke to be a pure reality beyond their dreams.
Blame the ones who want nostalgia to win over the present and inevitable future. Blame anyone but John Cena.
The quote at the beginning of this article rings true. The first half is the only thing that applies to John Cena.
If he wins, he loses. He receives the hate of the Internet Wrestling Community and other fans who can't stand him.
If he loses...he loses. John Cena is booed anyway, and the Internet Wrestling Community thanks God for having him become vulnerable.
No matter what John Cena does, he won't win. The IWC wins. The critics win. Every man who falls to Cena wins the support of the naysayers, the doubters, the Cena Haters.
Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. For John Cena, he will always lose.
If he turns heel, his former self will lose. The man that should have been appreciated will be seen as a failure even though he was everything but.
If he stays face...you know what happens.
Let's forget that he's the face of the WWE. The naysayers won't care. Sometimes, why should he?
He'll always lose. He probably realized it long ago. He can always hear the naysayers.
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