John Cena at the 2011 Slammy Awards.
If I was asked what the highlight of the night for the TLC pay-per-view was for me, I'd honestly have to say it was someone we didn't end up seeing at all: John Cena.
Shortly after last month's Survivor Series event, it was heavily speculated as to how Cena would be utilized at TLC given how he wasn't featured in any immediate feud. As time progressed, it was later revealed that Creative team had no intention of featuring him on the show at all, despite his new-found rivalry with the returning Kane on Raw.
I'm shocked even typing that, since John Cena headlined 11 of the 13 WWE pay-per-view main events this year, was not even mentioned at all last night whatsoever. In a recent report, it was rumored that it was time other younger talent be the focal point of the show, which resulted in a huge success.
TLC would mark the first pay-per-view since Cyber Sunday in 2008, an event Cena wasn't present at due to injury. Don't expect to see Cena left off many shows going forward, but I commend him for giving up a huge pay-day in light of other talent.
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