John Cena has left the building. Much like his cohort Elvis did. Sue me for the bad analogy...but getting past that we arrive at the meat of the matter.
I know what you're probably thinking right now. Wow! We are at the main point just half a paragraph into the article?! Did the cosmos realign? Has ice turned into flesh? Thank God for a short article!
If you are thinking that then I am one good mind-reader and you are damn sure right.
We have arrived at the main point - so nicely spelt out in the title - that is WWE's cessation of recycling its Superstars. When Shawn Micheals was pitted against the Undertaker for the second consecutive time, only to lose in the main event match-up at this year's WrestleMania, we really did see the end of an era (Triple H's words. Not mine.) I for one will gladly admit that while I am no major fan of The Heartbreak Kid, I respected him enough to shed a few tears when he bid his farewells to the WWE.
Shawn Micheals was the result of doing it all. He fought everybody imaginable in every match conceived and won every title (minus the Divas Championship) that was forged in the WWE. He had surpassed the upper summits of greatness and had subsequently succeeded in immortalizing himself by being a part of that small group of men who are loved by the crowd regardless of what they do or say. It's the same circle that the Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Triple H (if he returns), and Randy Orton are currently in. And it was the same circle that Ric Flair, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin sat in at the heights of their careers.
Consequently, that circle is what kills Superstars. At the top of a mountain the view is said to be breath-taking, and that is quite frankly as true as JFK's assassination. (Wow. Two bad analogies? I am really on a roll.) However, once the trial of getting to the top, and staying there, is overcome then the person having his breath taken by the view is left with nothing more to do.
Such was the case of the aforementioned men. Arguably, they have conquered nearly every obstacle placed in their path and now all have nowhere else left to go but either down, or out. And seeing that Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon is not about to lose his chips in this poker game known as WWE (Awful! Just awful analogy!), he will ensure that the men who have achieved greatness over and over and over again, are sent out of the company with their heads held high - ideally anyways. It's the same logic applied to spoiled milk. If it sits in the fridge for too long, never gets used, becomes attacked by minuscule infections known as germs, and eventually gets stale then of course it gets thrown out.
John Cena, gentle readers, was simply just another jug of milk left in the fridge for too long. And sadly, it looks as though WWE isn't stopping with dismissing it's long time poster boy. Last night on Raw we all saw the eradication of what could have (and rightfully should have) been the best Age Of Orton in a long time when The Miz cashed in on Randy Orton just one night after greatness retained against Wade Barrett.
Now a lot of you are possibly looking at me in the hopes that I will be throwing another Orton-induced temper tantrum. However, if you were doing that, then I am yet again an awesome mind-reader and you are sadly mistaken. I will not be throwing a biased temper tantrum aimed at the utter misuse of Greatness and tarnish of the WWE Title. Instead, I will have to sadly admit that I saw this coming from a mile away.
The Nexus. The Miz. Daniel Bryan. Cody Rhodes. Ted DiBiase. Drew McIntyre. And yes, even Kane. These are just a fraction of the new faces for the WWE.
I understand that Kane is nowhere near a "new face" but let's be honest here. Ninety nine percent of you saw Kane losing to his brother The Undertaker at HIAC 2010. After all, he's facing the DeadMan. Sadly, Taker lost and was subsequently flung out of importance after being buried alive by Nexus/Kane at Bragging Rights. This just proves who the WWE is more interested in as it builds towards its future. Note to self: The Undertaker may very well either walk out of WM 28 with a 19-0 streak only to retire (or be retired) the following Friday Night, or he may very well have a loss attached to his massive amount of WM wins. Either way, Kane is not only proving to be the devil's favourite demon, but he's proving to be WWE's choice monster.
Now with the eradication of John Cena thanks to Wade's stipulation, nothing but good can follow for those men wanting to shine. Let's face it, John Cena was the glass ceiling for many of the up-comers and was even beginning to wear down the build-up of Nexus' influence as a threat by constantly being "typical Cena" while in the most despised (yet powerful) group since Evolution. Sadly, even though Cena has said his good-byes (I still can't stop smiling about that) he made sure to bring down another man with him.
Yes. It is truly not the fault of John Cena, but for my sanity I will blame the man for Randy Orton's Championship loss to former Mr.Money In The Bank and US Champion, The Miz. And so another young superstar is taking center stage while the people of the old get picked off one by one in WWE's attempt of planting new roots.
Decisively, this is not an argument. I agree that the WWE has to start afresh. Hell, it has to start somewhere, and it's obvious that keeping the guys who have done everything to the point of becoming stagnant (John Cena, Edge, HBK and Taker), guys who have achieved incalculable greatness to the point that no one seems worthy to defeat them (Randy Orton, Triple H) and guys who could never and would never quit on their own (Ric Flair) around is not going to help that cause in anyway. Yes, competition is good, but (as much as it hurts to admit this) no one wants to see The Miz facing Randy Orton only to have Orton win and then go on to face possibly Wade Barrett only to beat him and eventually face John Cena in the name of causing him grief. No one wants another Taker vs Kane match. No one wants Edge to take on Rey Mysterio for no given reason. No one wants to see Chris Jericho job yet again.
The last sentence was useless, but the rest stood a chance. The days of recycling feuds, reviving rivalries and re-using storylines is dead, gone and buried. To the WWE, it is now time to throw out that spoiled milk instead of constantly attempting to make cereal with it. It is out with the old and in with new people. And as fans we are just going to have to deal with it.
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