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John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis: Over the Limit Match Shows WWE Must Make Changes

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 21, 2012

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Courtesy of WWE

John Cena and John Laurinaitis were put in the main event of a WWE pay-per-view and it was every bit the disaster you would expect.

The whole match was designed simply as a way to start a new alliance between Laurinaitis and someone, who turned out to be Big Show, but overall this match was a microcosm of the company's problems. 

There was a way to have Cena and Laurinaitis wrestle in the main event of a pay-per-view that could have helped both men and made this worthy of being in the top position. 

To me, the biggest problem with the whole thing is that John Laurinaitis was put in a match with John Cena. WWE is obviously trying to push him as the new Vince McMahon, trying to make us believe that this can be the new Austin-McMahon rivalry. 

Even the finish reeked of the Austin-McMahon cage match from 1999, when Big Show came out from under the ring to beat up Austin. Cena didn't win this match like Austin did that one, but the premise is the same. 

The problem is that Laurinaitis is nowhere near the level of performing like McMahon. Cena is not the performer or star Austin was, and almost everything involving these two up to and including the match was treated as a joke. 

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Nothing that happened between Cena and Laurinaitis was meant to be taken seriously or get the crowd invested. We were just told that this is the match, these are the two people we are telling you to watch and you have to accept it. 

The Austin-McMahon dynamic worked because it felt honest and genuine. You wanted to see them on television every week. I would be perfectly content to never see Cena and Laurinaitis in the same ring again. 

But we know that the feud must continue, this time with Big Show acting as the intermediary between the two. 

If WWE wants us to care about anything involving Cena or Laurinaitis, it has to present a story that we can be invested in. One of the biggest problems this company has had in recent years is actually coming up with captivating angles in main events that can be treated seriously instead of being viewed as comedy. 

I don't expect things to change right now, since last I checked Vince McMahon is still in charge of all things creative, but this match at Over The Limit was WWE screaming for a new direction with its main event angle. 

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