John Cena reclaiming the WWE championship from the Miz on Sunday night was a very, very tedious piece of booking. Agreed?
In that case, let's move on and work out what's going to happen in the weeks and months to come as Cena holds the belt. Here are some of my predictions—some less serious than others...
Not even WWE would make us sit through eleven months of Cena defending his title from all-comers...would they? Expect the belt to change hands a few times between now and April 2012.
That much is obvious. You can't challenge The Rock to a match for the belt if, um, you're not pretty confident that you'll have that belt going in to the match.
The Miz is highly rated by Vince McMahon. There's no way that title reign was his first and last. He'll stay in the mix, with or without Alex Riley's assistance. And with his tweet this week agreeing that Extreme Rules was the modern-day equivalent of the Montreal Screwjob, it's likely that he'll continue his battle with Cena.
Fairly obvious, but there's no point drafting across Smackdown's top heel if you're not going to get him to feud with Raw's top face. Expect this one to kick off shortly. Del Rio's on a fast rise and a big push to get him over.
This one's probably more wishful thinking, and yes, I'm back on my hobbyhorse of GIVE PUNK SOMETHING TO DO. The man's too good to be buried, and he's certainly too good to be pointing Mason Ryan in the direction of the ring. Let's open some old wounds of chair-chucking and soda-spilling, or, heaven forbid, write some new angles. I'm hugely doubtful they're going to put the belt on him, but seeing him in the real action would be good.
Maybe another touch of wishful thinking, but Jericho's said he's coming back at some point relatively soon. There's a bit of history between him and Cena from last year that could be built upon. And let's not forget, Raw is Jericho.
I totally agree that Cena would be a much more interesting character if he were to indulge his darker side a little more, or push the PG boundaries a little. But that won't happen. The rapper gimmick is almost gone; he's vocal about his pride in relating to a younger demographic; and most importantly to WWE he shifts truckloads of merchandise this way. He's staying face. For good.
If the title is to change hands a few times, Cena is going to have to lose some of the main events this year. What's more, I suspect he'll go into WrestleMania next year having reclaimed the belt under dubious circumstances, just to make him look weaker and plant the suggestion that he might not win against the Rock.
No matter how much Vince and the WWE Universe love the Rock, as we saw on Raw this week, there is no way they will put the belt on him when he's not coming back to wrestling full time. So Cena's win is a foregone conclusion even now, surely.
It's depressing, but I can't see an end to Cena's dominance any time soon. Randy Orton was being groomed to take over as Raw's top face eventually, but Edge's retirement has put paid to that. John Morrison's destined to feud with R-Truth of all people; Punk and Miz are too valuable as heels; so who else can challenge him? If you have any ideas, do let me know in the comments. And then let WWE know as well.