Well people, it's clobbering time!
The Cena fans and his critics will always engage in debates and will continue to do so every time his name is brought him.
Some call him the modern day Hulk Hogan, which I think is partially correct. One thing about Cena is that most of his audience is split into kids and women and mature men.
The kids and women being a core part of his fans and the mature men being the core part of his critics.
Since gimmicks have to be dynamic, Cena’s gimmicks being sort of the same as Hogan’s would make his gimmick out of fashion.
However the WWE continues to use that gimmick of his and has been for a long time. But I ask myself, why? How is my thought process being proven wrong here?
Well, I have the answer as well!
Many of you might know that I am a HUGE (yes, I capitalized that on purpose) John Cena fan. Regardless of how good or bad a wrestler he is, he carried me as a wrestling fan throughout my life and still continues to do so.
Now I have been a fan of Cena since he turned in 2003 and have been a Cena-mark since Survivor Series 2004. I was a 10-year-old back then, and I am 18 now. And here I am going to share with you a story.
Up until last year, I was pretty much your Cena fan next door who would believe in everything Cena said, and I idolized him for what he said.
The truth is, I did have a lot of confidence issues, got bullied at times and could not rise up and be myself in front of others.
John Cena was pretty much put in similar situations where the odds would not favor him, and yet he would come out on top. Similarly, I could see myself having the same issues and hence idolized him for he provided me with hope.
Now, my thought process has changed. I have gained the confidence and have matured, and now when I look at it, some of the stuff that John Cena says sounds too horribly-good which makes him sound like the second coming of Mahatma Gandhi.
The level of goody-goodness he has achieved is such that it has now started to sound impractical— people are starting to see him as a corny and cheesy individual who isn't relatable.
I mean, The Miz makes fun of him and insults him, and John Cena appreciates The Miz via Twitter for standing up. Does anyone ever do that?
Simply said, any person not named John Cena could come up with a better response to any insult hurled at him.
(I will say that his level of goody-goodness has gone down a bit, but it still exists.)
So there are two opinions I have formed of him. One of him being a savior who kids are going to look up to for inspiration and idolize, and the other being that of a person who is too horribly-good to be true.
But what you as the mature audience don’t realize is that, children and women still continue to love him for many reasons. John Cena is one of those rare wrestlers who fans and critics are not split across opinion, but across age and maturity.
I personally don’t see him as corny, but I can see where this line of thought originated from.
So if 50 percent of you do realize that Cena is too good to be real, then there is another 50 percent who think the opposite.
Hence why, in spite of all those things, Cena’s superman persona continues to get a push.
And once again, Cena is still my favorite and always will be, but as an adult, it’s too tough to digest what he does.
To sum it up, whether you like it or not, John Cena might just be fit for the current times as well. Although, it will be in WWE's best interest to keep him as edgy as possible.