John Cena: Who Is WWE's Replacement For The Penultimate Face in Royal Rumble?

The Jonathan CooneyyCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2011


John Cena has risen to become WWE's biggest star of the 21st century. Cena is without doubt talented on the mic, but his in-ring skills?

Well, the question mark says it all really.

John has yet to prove to some people how talented he really is. I must admit, I am not a huge Cena fan, but I have total respect for him.

He was an average kid, with an average background who came from West Newbury, Massachusetts, and after years of fighting, working and hoping, "John Cena" has become the biggest name in sports entertainment.

And John Cena really impressed me as 2010 came to a close, putting on terrific matches against the likes of Justin Gabriel, Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler. But then the incident occured.


So what can we expect from Cena in 2011?

Titles? More 5 Star matches? Or Cena being wrongly hated by the wrestling fans online?

I think the latter would be the safest and most logical bet considering Cena has been criticised ever since 2005 by the "IWC."

John Cena's injury has taken place at the worst possible time for everyone—WWE viewers, CM Punk, Vince McMahon, the creative staff and even Cena himself.

We were really excited and looking forward to John Cena vs. CM Punk, as it look set to be one of WWE's greatest feuds in a very long time.

CM Punk has also been injured over the past couple of months and when we saw him batter Cena's back with that steel chair we were all amused, delighted and entertained to the full—because when Punk is around that is what you are guaranteed.

Punk is arguably WWE's best star and the most versatile on the current roster. John Cena is the biggest name, CM Punk is the biggest talent!

The WWE is not as dumb as people make out: They were building on this feud for over a month after John Cena spilled CM Punk's legendary "Diet Soda." Punk began to continuously bash Cena and call him an animal, monster and a lot of other very harsh words.

I noticed it once or twice and thought it was just because Punk was a heel commentator, but then when he battered Cena like a sausage, I think we were all reassured.

But what can we expect for Royal Rumble?

Triple H, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker have all missed a lot of time as of late and that is on top of the fact that Shawn Michaels and Batista left the promotion. So with that being said, what star power is on the roster to attract fans towards Royal Rumble?

The Miz, Edge and Orton are all involved in title matches so they can be ruled out. Evan Bourne, Goldust, The Great Khali, Joey Mercury, Skip Sheffield and Christian are all injured.

And with Cena "probably" being added to the injured list, what does this mean for the Rumble?

Some athlete, RAW or SmackDown, needs to step up and be what Cena is and has been for the majority of his career—THE STAR!

With Randy Orton in the title match with The Miz, it is obviously not going to be him shining in the 30-man Rumble. With Edge also in the same boat as Orton who else is left?

Kane? Alberto Del Rio? Wade Barrett? Sheamus? No, they're all heels.

Christian, I love Christian and always have, but a return for this man and a win at the Rumble in one night? Vince would never do that.

Triple H or Chris Jericho would be make more logical sense, but who knows?

All I can say that WWE will be depending on CM Punk, Rey Mysterio and John Morrison at the Royal Rumble and I wish them the best of luck.

Thanks for reading, Jonny Cooney.