Survivor Series Fallout: 6 Paths WWE Could Take From Here
As I sit here after just watching Survivor Series, I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit stunned by how things turned out. In one of the most hyped and anticipated matches of the year, with scenarios and possibilities aplenty, WWE once again blows their opportunity to do something memorable.
Instead it seemed as if the creative team searched online for the most simple finish that no one expected to happen and decided to go with it just to prove everyone wrong.
There is just one huge problem with this idea. Everyone knows that this is not an outcome that can stand. With the current condition of WWE, void of young fresh Main Event Talent, without many of their biggest draws who are sidelined due to injury, there is no way that one of the biggest faces in the history of the company can be "Fired" for long.
Think I'm wrong? Mosey on over to WWE's website and see the language they are using in reference to tonight's outcome. The headline story says it all: "Farewell, John?" Why the question mark?
The question mark is because the WWE knows just as I have stated that they cannot expect to sell a November episode of Raw much less Wrestemania without Cena.
With this being understood the question becomes, "So how does the creative team write themselves out of the corner they have put themselves in?" This slideshow will give several plausible ways that they could explain away Cena being fired and they are in no particular order.
6. Wade Barrett Decides That Cena Should Not Be Fired Because He Wants Revenge
This is the simplest way to explain away Cena's being fired and if the creative teams' decision about the finish to the Survivor Series Main Event is any indication this may be the way that the WWE decides to go.
Obviously, Barrett will be upset that he lost a great chance at being the WWE Champion and he is going to want revenge on the one that cost him that opportunity. The only way he can get revenge is if Cena is actually a member of the company and not fired.
Thus Barrett explains that he has the power to overturn the stipulation, which he does to set up a match between himself and Cena at the TLC PPV.
5. R-Truth Starts a Fan Based Petition to Have Cena Reinstated
This is sort of an outside the box thought that fans could actually have some interaction in a storyline.
If enough decided that they want Cena back by signing an online petition on the WWE website, then Cena would be reinstated to try and defeat Nexus once and for all.
4. Rowdy Roddy Piper Reinstates Cena For Keeping The Integrity of The Title
It would only be fitting that the person who did more than anyone to sell the Survivor Series main event Rowdy Roddy Piper have a hand in reinstating Cena for his willingness to keep the integrity of WWE Title and not "spit in the face" of the Legends.
Piper would act on the legends behalf in reinstating Cena for not compromising his morals and doing the right thing by calling the Survivor Series Main Event right down the middle even if it meant his job.
3. Vince McMahon Wakes Up From His Coma and Reinstates Cena
Vince McMahon peeved that Nexus put him in a coma for his wife's entire campaign reinstates John Cena to get revenge on the Nexus and try and destroy the group once and for all.
This idea would also bring McMahon back onto TV which is always good for a little ratings boost a few times a year. (I personally think this may be the way they decide to go).
2. The Mysterious Raw GM Gives Cena a Chance To Fight For His Career
Picture it. Monday night Raw begins and we get that annoying sound signifying a GM email followed by the even more annoying sound of Michael Cole saying "I have received and email from the General Manager."
The GM decides that since Cena did not compromise his integrity or the integrity of the WWE Championship he is going to give him one last shot to save his job.
The GM will put him in a match with Wade Barrett or maybe even all of Nexus. This will give Cena a chance to earn his way out of being fired.
1. Michael Cole and John Cena Were In It Together All Along
Was I the only one that thought the hug between Cena and Michael Cole seemed a little strange? What about the person that Cena thanked as he walked back down the ramp? Both of these things got the old wheels turning on the idea that maybe just maybe Cena and Michael Cole have been in on this mysterious GM thing all along. Maybe it was their way to destroy Nexus?
Maybe there really isn't a GM. Maybe the GM is simply Michael Cole acting on behalf of John Cena or maybe Cena and Cole have used the idea of the GM to get their own agenda over? Why or How you may ask?
Obviously, the Nexus solidified themselves as a powerful force that was hard to stop as a group. For that reason Cena saw the need to try and stop the Nexus from the inside out. What better way to stop the group than to be a part of it and make their leader think he was calling all the shots.
Maybe they intentionally lured Barrett and Nexus into a false sense of security as Barrett entered the Survivor Series Main Event a little overconfident thinking he had Cena in his pocket so the fact that the Mysterious GM banned Nexus from ringside was not a big deal.
However it did turn out to be a big deal since they could not do anything to help Barrett when Cena shoved him right into the waiting RKO of Randy Orton.
So even if it seemed like Cena was sealing his fate he was actually costing Barrett his one "guaranteed" title shot as a result of winning NXT only to have it revealed that he and Cole were calling the shots all along and with that being the case Cena obviously can't and would not fire himself.
You have to love all these scenarios. This is what makes wrestling so great because you can sit and ponder all the possible ways that something could play out. There is no doubt that WWE will probably decide to go another way than the options I have mentioned.
They may choose to have the "firing" stick for a little while. No matter what they decide to do it is always interesting to watch. As always I welcome your comments on what your favorite option is as well as giving theories of your own.