"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."
- Michael Jackson
Good morning columnists and spectators. Welcome to the November edition of The MC Report.
This month's article attempts to take a new perspective on the much hyped April 1, 2012 Wrestlemania 28 showdown between The Rock and John Cena. Numerous writers on Bleacher Report have taken their stance on who should come out victorious in this battle and why.
While these predictions and hypothesis are good and well thought out, I have something new on the table, and it particularly revolves around the wild-card in this saga, John Felix Anthony Cena. And it will revolve on why come April 1, 2012, it will NOT matter whether or not John Cena wins or loses.
Let's begin our Turkey edition of my monthly analysis by examining the video on the right of the screen. Almost a decade ago, we witnessed another showdown of epic proportions. Another icon vs. icon match that bridged the gap between the Attitude Era and the 1980s Golden Era of wrestling.
The Rock vs. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan in Wrestlemania 18 stole the stage in Canada that night.
In one corner, there was one of our edgy heroes from a generation that broke the stereotypes and characteristics and dared to be shocking and different.
In the other corner, was the classic hero who was the superhero of his heyday.
Throughout the whole match, the crowd showed their respects to the latter as they cheered him on in reminiscence of what he had given us in wrestling. Despite what you and I may think about Hulk Hogan's personal life or his backstage politics, no one can deny that he pretty much is the Michael Jordan of professional wrestling.
The Rock throughout the match would even experience some boos from the crowd. I believe even some of those whole Rocky Mavia "ROCKY SUCKS!" chants began to surface.
HOWEVER, in the end, as you see in the video above, when The Rock pinned Hogan for the 1-2-3, the fans were still able to rejoice and revel in what was truly a historical and iconic match. Both men were given a huge ovation and love from the Canadian crowd. Quite frankly, all was well and good.
And quite frankly, I just DON'T see that type of thing or even that type of attitude and same atmosphere come April 1, 2012.
Now let's get to the present day. I'm not going to get into what many articles have already been devolving into since Survivor Series. We all know that a large and vocal portion of the WWE fan base are very anti-Cena.
What I want to devolve, is exactly why come Wrestlemania 28, due to these fans and other factors, whether John Cena wins or loses, it won't even matter anymore.
It won't matter anymore because people will still feel the exact same way about him before and after the match.
There will be no problem, and it will be PERFECTLY understandable when during the showdown, the Miami crowd shows The Rock love and praise and gives him the majority of cheers. That is more than likely going to happen.
And hell, usually, it wouldn't even be a problem if they start to boo and turn on Cena in the match for being truly in the sheer moment of reveling in one of their all-time heroes. Similarly, The Rock drew a lot of boos from the Canadian fans halfway through his showdown with Hogan.
However, it's obviously gotten to the point now where this time, it's different. The fans won't just be booing John Cena because The Rock is there childhood hero, even though that is still a big part of it.
The WWE has alienated John Cena and the fan base that grew up on the likes of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. They don't feel a connection to him, they feel that a certain amount of respect is lost between him and them. They feel that he is too "phony" and that the bulk of what CM Punk said about John Cena in his numerous "pimpbomb" promos were as true as the 10 Commandment Tablets of Moses.
In addition, his character is just one that they can not connect with. This is ironic, however, since an often times smark-like crowd in Canada were even able to connect to Hulk Hogan, who to many was the John Cena superhero of his time. So what is different?
Now this is an hypothesis that I'm not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with, since I am actually one who for years has believed that people sometimes get unfair when it comes to Cena. But maybe it's because the likes of Stone Cold and The Rock did not alienate those fans who grew up in the Golden Era of wrestling.
Those same fans who cheered and worshiped the likes of Savage and Hogan ended up growing up with the WWE (or back then, WWF). When they became rebellious teenagers in the 90s, the WWF became rebellious teenagers with the introduction of 3:16 and the People's Champion.
This is the reason I offer why the Canadian fans, a crowd that's more pro-wrestling than pro-sports entertainment, was able to show respect and love in the end for two guys that represented two completely different generations. It's because the fans grew up with them both and felt a connection to both.
Obviously, that's not the case with John Cena. And to be fair, that's not his fault either. It's the fault more of the WWE writers and booking who over the years have limited Cena so much in what he could really do in the ring and even on the mic. It's the fault of the writers who idiotically at times have had Cena actually somewhat playing both roles even though his one-dimensional character simply doesn't allow it. Which is why at the end of the day he still has to put a smile on his face and suck up the boos and disdain from numerous crowds.
And will these crowds feel any differently if he wins the match? The purpose of The Rock winning against Hulk Hogan was to officially solidify him as THAT guy. The official "passing of the torch moment. It's like if Michael Jordan himself presented Kobe Bryant with the NBA Championship. It's an official changing of the guard.
But in order for that to happen, the fans and the atmosphere itself has to hand that person that torch also. And sorry, but I just don't see that happening come Wrestlemania 28.
If John Cena wins, his victory may be clouded in the midst of hisses and boos. The Rock may pass the torch to Cena, but the fans, both new and old, will still be reluctant to do so. There will still be articles on the staleness of John Cena. There will still be the commentators talking about him being "controversial".
Quite frankly, if Cena wins, nothing will truly change. No understanding or middle ground will be gained. The fans will probably be where they were before.
In essence, nothing truly happened with John Cena winning. He still has not been "put over" by the large amount of fans who dislike him.
This is not to say that John Cena will lose. This is not to say that after a seven-year absence The Rock should come back and automatically get a win in a full scale match.
This is altering the Michael Jackson quote. John Cena will come into this match hated, and out the same way. And everything else in between and afterwards just won't matter.
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