So, once again, John Cena is at the center of all the talk. He gets drafted to Smackdown at the top of the show, only to get "randomly" drafted back to Raw at the end of the show. Sounds just too concepty to be real, doesn't it?
Let's look at the negative first. Again, Cena is deemed the most important character to deal with on the whole collective roster. Again, WWE has shot itself in the foot, wasting draft picks that could have looked far more important on the actual Draft episode, but also pulling a swerve that brought about a tease for something huge and showing how little WWE is willing to commit to such a change.
Now, let's look at the potential positive. Take a peek backward to recent PPV history.
Did Cena help Barrett at Survivor Series in order to free himself of Nexus? No.
Did Cena beat Barrett at TLC? Yes.
Did Cena win the Royal Rumble? No.
Did Cena win the Elimination Chamber? Yes.
Did Cena win the title at Wrestlemania 27? No.
Those are only five PPV outcomes and three of them show Cena not coming out on top, like many so expertly thought he would. Cena's invincibility is slowly weakening. He's not reduced to Superstars and he's not enhancement talent like others have become. Then again, he's not quite as infallible as he once was.
At Extreme Rules, he's not only facing the same man who kept him at bay to a double countout at Wrestlemania but he's also facing one of the top contenders for the belt in John Morrison.
Sure, we can all be cynics and say that Morrison is just there to get pinned, just like R-Truth was there just to get pinned. Does Morrison stand a terrific chance of taking the title home? Perhaps not. But to immediately assume Cena's winning the title yet again, simply because of his past record being sparkling?
These days, I don't find it to be so dependable.
Put on top of that, the night after Extreme Rules is Rock's birthday celebration. Rock's celebrating and Cena shows up with the title? Every appearance Rock has made with Cena in the same ring has shown Cena looking to be the weaker one. Wouldn't holding the belt make Cena look stronger?
As far as the draft goes, if there's a silver lining to Cena getting double drafted and not going anywhere, it's drawing even more people to see through WWE's treatment of the man.
He's put up on a pedestal as a hero, shoved down our throats as a good guy, but even young kids who love the guy and are loyal Cenation Soldiers get teased with something different? Eventually, enough will start to wonder why he hasn't changed, why WWE hasn't gone in any different directions with him and start to feel that the idea of Cena always winning isn't a definite in the universe any longer.
It's a slow process, weakening their top guy. But it seems to be moving in the right direction. Did the tortoise beat the hare in the race? You bet.