Just to let you know, I now own an R-Truth shirt. It may be a bit of a throwback to when he was a face, as it says "Stand Up - What's Up" at the top of it, but I still like wearing it.
Like many, I love what CM Punk's done to the landscape of WWE, though as many intelligent folks here will attest, WWE's recent speculation about conspiracies and shady power struggles behind the scenes was started by R-Truth taking shots at John Cena being constantly in the spotlight at every turn.
Granted, such ideas aren't terribly unique, as many of us here have speculated on the same exact thing. However, R-Truth's claims seem to be standing on firmer legs with each week that passes.
In recent articles of mine, I've done as Truth has pointed out and attempted to trace as much circumstantial evidence to John Cena being the center of the conspiracy as I can round up, and I seem to have come up with something of an epiphany.
John Cena challenging Rock to a match, and humiliating The Great One is one of the main plots the conspiracy is seeking to accomplish. Rock left WWE for seven years and ruined the chance that John Cena, a man built firmly as the "Face of WWE," would win back the WWE Title at Wrestlemania 27 from, what they believe to be a fraud in The Miz.
For Rock to think he had the right to screw that up after seven years away, the conspiracy is looking to make him pay.
Let's take a look at some of the factors lending weight to this arguably far-fetched idea.
Think back to when CM Punk threatened to win the WWE Championship from Cena at Money in the Bank 2011 and possibly take the belt with him to another company. In the build-up to that PPV, Vince McMahon was featured more often on TV, and the idea came up that "No one is bigger than WWE."
Triple H mimicked that same idea once Vince was relieved of power. "No one is bigger than WWE."
Except that Wrestlemania, the biggest event of WWE's PPV year, was hosted by a potential future Hall of Famer, The Rock, who has not only conquered just about everything WWE has had to offer him, but has also conquered Hollywood and made it big there.
The Rock, in essence, is one of the few people who likely IS bigger than WWE.
They may have meant that no employee of WWE is bigger than the company, and Rock isn't technically an employee. Rock may be known for his movies, but people know he used to be a wrestler.
People associate Rock most commonly with WWE.
Thing is, Rock wasn't handed the keys to make matches at Wrestlemania 27. He was there to host as sort of a celebrity "master of ceremonies."
And Rock, out of pride and ego, took it upon himself to tarnish the WWE Championship main event between Cena and Miz, all because he doesn't like what Cena stands for. Cena had a chance to once again prove he's the best. Miz had a chance to prove that he deserved a spot on the totem pole higher than Cena.
Both men had enormous tasks ahead of them, and The Rock muddied that by ordering the match to be restarted and delivering a Rock Bottom to Cena. Vince invited Rock to return after seven years of absence to bring a level of entertainment that only he could to WWE's biggest production yet.
And Rock just couldn't leave well enough alone, could he? He couldn't put his pride aside and be professional, could he?
In "Cena's" view, Rock abandoned WWE and the WWE Universe to do movies in Hollywood. Cena's done movies and hasn't stopped wrestling; why did the Rock have to leave? Was he not loyal? Was he just using WWE as a stepping stone for bigger fame?
That's disrespectful to generations of legendary wrestlers and even legendary wrestling fans (it's still real to some of you, dammit). Then, after a seven-year absence, Rock thinks he can just come in and destroy the ending to one of their biggest PPVs ever? At least, that's one potential view WWE could have in regard to this storyline.
The Rock used to be the absolute biggest thing going in WWE, but even he had stars in his eyes that led him elsewhere. Not only that, but even their heralded "Next Big Thing," Brock Lesnar, didn't last all that long in the company, so while Cena does have Rock to thank, in part, for stepping aside to let him into the main event, WWE couldn't have been happy with how Rock left things.
Cena rose to popularity fairly easily, so it seemed like a great business plan. Cena could take Austin's place, no problem. Cena could take Rock's place, piece of cake! And he's a good-natured, kind to fans, personable chap who's open to gross amounts of interviews, movies, gratuitous merchandising and charity work.
Think about it. If John Cena is secretly the cornerstone of the conspiracy, then wouldn't the almighty conspirators be pretty pissed that their golden warrior got screwed over at Wrestlemania by a no-good deserter?
The night after Wrestlemania, on Raw, John came out to the ring with the same huge smile on his face he usually has when he appears. I wrote an article earlier this year calling this out harshly, as I felt it made Cena's character entirely inhuman and abnormal.
But now I'm starting to see what's really going on.
One of the big arguments that John Cena has had against Rock's cannonballs in this verbal duel is that Cena has stayed loyal to WWE and wrestling fans while Rock selfishly left to pursue his own interests.
While Rock was filming movies, Cena was entertaining crowds and fighting tooth and nail for WWE Championships and World Heavyweight Championships. However, that's exactly the point.
People speculate ways for John to "turn bad," and although I'd love to see him be a mean jerk of a heel that can still win clean (as it would actually make the Attitude Adjustment a feared move instead of just annoying), you know as well as I know that the chances of that are slim to none.
If he's truly a company man that everyone sees as a firm representative of that company, he can't be some bloodthirsty, devious, sinister schemer who is secretly greener with greed than an arena gearing up for a DX apperance. It's not logical. Furthermore, it makes a full-on, double rainbow, 180-degree heel turn out of the question.
That doesn't mean that Cena can't be a "heel," though. Villain and heel are two different things.
Yes, it would be amazing for John Cena to become a mean bully, but that's not likely at all. It is likely that he can pull the wool over our eyes and reveal that he's been working with the real sinister schemers all this time, though.
Cena getting screwed at Wrestlemania 27 was the last straw. In Cena's and the conspirators' eyes, Rock needed to be stopped.
Cena challenged Rock to a match the night after Wrestlemania 27, but Rock, in an unprecedented move, responded by agreeing to a match on April 1, 2012, at Wrestlemania 28. Of course, Cena accepted, but this couldn't have been in the conspirators' gameplan the way it happened.
Cena issued the challenge in hopes that he and the conspirators would get their revenge sooner than later. What they didn't bet on was that Rock, being the showman he is, would want their battle to be on the grandest stage of them all.
Thus, both Cena and the conspirators are forced to wait for their revenge to come.
With Rock now preparing to achieve a goal one year in the making, Miz ended up getting jealous, and I don't blame him. He was the WWE Champion who retained in the main event of Wrestlemania. A simple match between two guys, without a title on the line, suddenly took precedent?
So Miz interjected himself, and Cena was back to fighting Miz; however, Miz's taunting and challenges would backfire. At Extreme Rules 2011, Cena took the title off of Miz in the triple threat cage match, arranged by the infamous "Anonymous Raw General Manager."
In an unexpected subplot, Morrison was defeated in the match as well, after skunking R-Truth out of a spot that the Anonymous Raw GM granted him.
Cena may have gotten screwed at Wrestlemania, but at least he had the title back and defended successfully against Miz at Over the Limit, leaving WWE without a No.1 contender.
R-Truth's anger would begin boiling before Extreme Rules, and Truth ended up inadvertently helping Cena win the belt from Miz. However, even though Truth would earn his own title shot at Capitol Punishment, thanks to interference from a Lil' Jimmy in the front row that Cena unfairly took advantage of, Cena's belt stayed around his waist.
Somewhere in between (I can't remember when exactly to pinpoint it), John sent a message to the Rock, claiming their match at Wrestlemania 28 would be for the WWE Championship.
Rock never made any mention of wanting a title, and I'm pretty sure Cena wasn't even champion when he made that claim. Thus, Cena has stayed in the title picture from Wrestlemania 27 (and even months before that) all the way through Vengeance this past October, when his last contracted rematch dried up.
Can't help but wonder, though, if that was a way for the conspirators to entice Rock to come back and wrestle sooner that ultimately failed.
Throughout that time, Cena has won and lost the title numerous times.
Whether Vince was setting up a tournament that Triple H honored so that Cena could screw a weakened Mysterio out of being champion, or whether Laurinaitis put Cena back into title match after title match, everything that could be done to keep Cena in the title hunt was done. Despite John winning the title back twice this year, in the end, Cena did not end up holding onto the belt.
Thus, in favor of putting more spotlight on John Cena, two guys involved heavily in the WWE Championship picture this year were edged out fairly easily.
However, two others would enter that would cause the conspirators to have to regroup considerably...
While John Cena has been busy fending off the fans' idea that Rock is going to destroy him at Wrestlemania 28, Cena's time with the title would find a serious roadblock in one CM Punk, a reliable mid-card heel that people were beginning to think was on his way out of dodge.
What we didn't expect was that Punk would speak his mind (albeit to some planned out degree; still his words, though) on everything WWE had been doing wrong recently. He mentioned Hogan, "Dwayne," Vince, Paul Heyman, Colt Cabana, Ring of Honor and Brock Lesnar in the same breath as saying John Cena being put up on a pedestal was out-and-out fraudulent.
If John Cena is truly the golden boy "Face of WWE" that people claim he is, then WWE and/or the conspirators would not be happy with someone blatantly spitting in the face of their financial business plan.
Sure, it was likely a scripted event and had kayfabe motivations. Get over it; it's part of a storyline. Anyway...
Meanwhile, Alberto Del Rio's momentum had slowed considerably since winning the 2011 Royal Rumble and failing to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 27 against Edge. However, Del Rio winning the red Money in the Bank briefcase put him in a much better position to help the cause.
After Punk won the title, due to Cena clearly APPEARING to not want Vince or Laurinaitis to help him, Vince sent in Del Rio and his briefcase as a backup plan.
The backup plan failed at Money in the Bank, but after Triple H "goofed" the decision at Summerslam, Kevin Nash "stuck it to the champion," giving Del Rio the perfect moment to cash in his briefcase successfully.
He failed before, but with the help of Nash and Triple H, the moment finally went off without a hitch. But with Del Rio as champion, how does that effect Cena?
With Del Rio being something of a new face to the championship, it would be no problem at all for Cena to defeat Del Rio in a one-fall match. Sure enough, Cena won.
Del Rio was the perfect segue for Cena to get the belt back at Night of Champions.
Even while the WWE Championship was being passed around, The Miz and R-Truth hadn't faded away. At Night of Champions, they attacked a referee during their tag team title match, and on the following Raw, Triple H fired them.
Laurinaitis put Cena, Del Rio and Punk into Hell in a Cell to, hopefully, extinguish BOTH Punk and Del Rio's rematches for the title. Unfortunately, Ricardo Rodriguez would get hold of the key and lock Cena out of the cage, leaving Punk by himself. The cage would get raised, allowing Cena and two intruders inside, who would be revealed as the previously fired Awesome Truth.
If Cena's a part of the conspiracy, we can surmise that the way the match went, with Ricardo locking Cena out, wasn't part of the plan. If Cena wasn't going to get his belt back on that night, Laurinaitis can at least take advantage of two troublemakers' rage toward the winner and an equally as big troublemaker.
Maybe Miz and Truth would beat up Cena as well; however, if he couldn't win the belt back, he deserved it. And besides, Laurinaitis would immediately put Cena into another match at Vengeance, but Miz and Truth would again interfere.
Now that Cena's rematches are all kaput, Cena seems to be turning his attention to dealing with Awesome Truth, and Laurinaitis doesn't seem to be hurting his chances of getting hold of them. Miz and Truth have been thorns in his side for months, whether individually or together as a pair.
But as articles on both WWE.com and Bleacher Report have mentioned recently, John Cena clearly doesn't need The Rock to help him with this problem, and The Rock is capable of taking care of Awesome Truth as well.
Rock isn't around as much, but knows what kinds of problems Miz can cause. Truth is a much older superstar, and if he's hanging around a guy much younger than him in favor of perpetuating their conspiracy theories, then obviously there's something to the pairing. They did have a major hand in shaking up the power structure in WWE and on Raw, so whether Cena asks for it or not, Awesome Truth has a beatdown coming to them.
But that's just it, Cena did ask. Call it a coincidence. But this could mean one thing...
During Monday's "Raw Gets Rocked" three-hour show, Rock and Cena were in the same building, and we got an immense amount of insight into what their relationship will be like come Sunday.
Cena stood in the ring with Rock by his side, and one of the first things he did was take a low blow at the Rock, mentioning how Rock's appearances on Raw have mostly been via satellite.
John takes the initiative in asking Rock to help him deal with Awesome Truth before laying them out himself, and he then insults a massive WWE superstar who agreed to make a special appearance at Survivor Series as a favor. Not smart.
I get Cena's distaste for The Rock; he's not entirely wrong in his feelings toward The Great One, but that's a rookie mistake.
After all the talking was finished, the fight began, and Rock put down both Miz and R-Truth by himself, but not before stealing Miz from Cena's back, literally, delivering a Rock Bottom to The Awesome One and walking up the ramp. Once again, Cena's trademark grin held firm, but his blank stare that preceded it told the whole story.
There is no human way that Cena can keep composed when Rock's around. He's letting out his emotion in little spurts.
Yes, his grin has been synonymous with his undying confidence in his abilities in the past. But with all the time he's spent in the title picture this year, with all the moments of either the Anonymous Raw GM giving him shots, Vince and Triple H giving him the perfect opportunity or Laurinaitis keeping him steadily in the title hunt as long as possible, it doesn't add up to confidence for me.
It adds up to knowledge that Rock doesn't have. Cena has a serious ace up his sleeve, and that ace is the plot to take down The Great One at Wrestlemania 28.
The Rock thinks he can just come and go when he pleases lately? Screw up main events just because he was some big popular superstar back in the day?
No one is bigger than the business. No one is bigger than WWE. The conspirators will show him the truth.
And the man to show him that truth will be John Cena.