John Cena can’t seem to stop laughing.
The question is, what’s so funny?
On the February 14 edition of Monday Night Raw, the entire WWE Universe experienced a return of epic proportions. It was "The Rock," and he came back with two things on his mind: to host Wrestlemania 27 and to confront Cena, the present-day face of the company.
It was exciting for fans, as they would witness a battle brewing for the last three years. To say the least, the pairing of John Cena and The Rock is a dream match…if only Cena could stop laughing!
The Rock is notorious for his impeccable skills on the mic, especially his uncanny comedic abilities. On the February 28 edition of Raw, however, The Rock showed a different side of himself to the "E" universe.
In a tender moment of both sincerity and vulnerability, he expressed his hurt and disappointment in John Cena’s seemingly unwarranted verbal attack—an attack that started this war of words between the two superstars three years ago.
What was expected was Cena’s response—one that could compete with The Rock’s intensity and openness.
Historically, wrestlers’ feuds are strengthened when they speak to one another on a personal level. Triple H is a perfect example of this. His feuds with Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton, to name a few, exhibited pure intensity, due in part to intimate verbal exchanges.
Beyond the catch-phrases and the platitudes, these men were able to dig deeper and expose just enough of themselves to create an element of authenticity in the storyline.
It was reciprocal. Each man gave.
The same cannot be said for the present Rock/Cena feud. Though The Rock exposed himself, John Cena has yet to do so. Instead, he has rested on redundant, childish insults.
The feud is lopsided. Cena insulted The Rock. The Rock has done nothing to Cena but respond to his verbal assault.
Neither of Cena’s promos to The Rock illustrate any personal offense The Rock has committed toward him, but rather a judgment of how Cena believes The Rock should live.
Worst, instead of addressing the issue seriously, Cena has resorted to tactics that would rival any 13-year-old's: he simply is taking The Rock as a joke.
That is, perhaps, the biggest insult of all.
Cena’s playful, patronizing verbal attacks diminish the feud and take away its intensity, which is highly disappointing as this feud had the potential to be monumental.
Since Cena can’t seem to come off the playground, maybe it’s best that these two wrestlers handle their feud in another way.
Perhaps, the wrestling ring is more suitable for Cena, where he will be expected to just…bring it.