Finally, WWE RAW gives us a John Cena we can love; could we get more?
John Cena is a controversial figure. He is the supreme emblem of WWE’s PG era and as such has drawn as much boos and criticism from the more hardcore and adult fans as he has drawn cheers and smiles from some of the younger WWE audiences.
Some love him, others love to hate him; but no one can argue that he has talent.
And it was this talent which was used superbly last night, when WWE delivered one of its best in-ring promos in recent memory, between Mr. McMahon and John Cena. Two explosive characters, two men brilliant on the mic, an exciting topic – that of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, and WWE RAW scripted the segment to perfection.
When Mr. McMahon was interrupted by John Cena on Monday Night RAW, few expected to see this side of John Cena. He was not in his usual ‘Superman’ gimmick; he looked like a real wrestler – just like any other wrestler at the back – but with a purpose, with something to say to Mr. McMahon.
The “You’re right, you’re not a coward, you’re just pathetic” speech was powerful, it was emotional, it was agitating. It had its roots in the reality that powerful corporations look at their employees as nothing more than mere use-and-throw objects and that it must be stopped. It was a sentiment a common man could identify with, understand, and appreciate John Cena for voicing.
John Cena has been talking about respect for a long time in his promos. But more often than not, it has been relegated to being in relation to his opponents and for the title. Last night, it was not about the title, it was not about earning respect for himself, it was about something else. John Cena’s character grew more last night in those five minutes than it has for the past five years.
WWE RAW’s creative team has been criticized for portraying John Cena as the ultimate Superman, the Hulk Hogan of the PG era, who can do no wrong, can lose no fight, can do anything and everything. Well, last night, they made him do something, and how!
It is completely possible that this interaction between John Cena and Mr. McMahon could be just for this one time, just like HBK , HHH and Taker have done for the past couple of weeks.
But imagine if this fire could be kept burning till Wrestlemania 26.
It is quite evident that Bret Hart and Vince McMahon will have some sort of a feud at WM. Of course, Bret cannot and will not enter the ring as a wrestler, considering his health. Then how about a match between two wrestlers hand-picked by McMahon and Hart to represent them?
Considering how John Cena has got under the skin of McMahon, told him in no uncertain terms what he could do to him at age 90, and called him pathetic….it’d be rather boring to assume that the all-powerful Vincent Kennedy McMahon will let it all go just by putting Cena in a match against Sheamus last night. No, he’d want revenge; against Bret Hart, and against John Cena.
So, how about Bret Hart picking John Cena to represent him, and Vince McMahon choosing some other WWE Superstar, and then having a spectacular match at WM.
That way, Cena would not have to win the Rumble, which leaves that door open for a host of other possibilities, and still Cena would be involved in a major feud.
The only possible problem with this is that Cena has ‘promised’ that he will not lose another match until he wins back his title. It’ll be hard to keep the winning streak going till WM 26, considering that McMahon would also have to pick quite a challenging opponent to represent him. But there are rather easy solutions for this.
Either way, the more WWE showcases John Cena as the character we saw on Monday night RAW last night, the better chance it has of getting him over with even adult fans. John Cena, like him or not, has fantastic mic skills and is a good in-ring talent and can work a match well. He just needs to be scripted better.
Will we get more of this new John Cena?