John Cena apparently refused medical treatment on Sunday night after WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view went off the air. As seen on WWE.com, Cena had been loaded into the back of an ambulance and appeared to be on his way to the nearest facility, when he suddenly told those attending to him no, that he was not going to go.
However, someone in WWE creative did, as once again the point that John Cena is a superhuman fighting machine has been frustratingly driven home. Why frustrating? Well, we all know the answer to that one, right?
Because John Cena is indestructible. That’s it. Do whatever you want to him, hit him as hard as you like, take the boots to him for a straight hour if you want, beat the man to a bloody pulp and then sit back and watch what happens next.
Watch John Cena rise from the dead with a smile on his face as if nothing ever happened.
But I do have a theory. There is perhaps a larger storyline brewing here, one that we have not thought of. Maybe this is not John Cena the clean cut all-American goody two shoes that we have been watching all these years. Maybe John Cena is not Mr. Hustle Loyalty and Respect after all.
I submit that perhaps John Cena is the third Brother of Destruction.
Think about it. Just like The Undertaker and Kane, John is crazy strong. He is physically capable of taking on Superstars much bigger than he is and not only match them move for move but beat even defeat them in the end.
And every time it appears that John Cena is beat down, that his opponent has the upper hand and the match could possibly be drawing to a close, what happens? Much like the Deadman and The Big Red Machine, John Cena no-sells, sits up; hit’s a flurry of moves then gets the pin.
Eerie, isn’t it?
By the way, I hope that you’re picking up my sarcasm because I’m laying it on pretty thick. And now for all you Cena fans out there, here’s a message that you need to hear.
Relax, okay? I am not attacking your boy here. The fact is that this has been Captain America’s way of doing things in the ring for a long time now. His character is the epitome of resiliency, a guy who has a rock solid never say die attitude and is not easily held down by anyone he faces.
John continues to be the face of WWE and as such must look strong every time he’s in the ring. As fans we simply should not expect him to go over on every top name that the company has ever put him against, only to look weak in a match with an opponent who is still attempting to build a career in WWE.
But-and here’s the tricky part-when a man takes a beating in the ring, despite who he is, he must show that he has been affected by it. Smiling, waving, acting as if he had not just been through a war, absolutely destroys any realism that was created by the match itself.
It’s not about wanting John to look weak. Not for me. It’s about wanting John to look the part. That’s all I have ever wanted from the guy.
The fact is that Ryback looked good on Sunday night. In fact, he looked better than I thought he would. He took the fight to Cena and gave him everything he had. I had my doubts about how this match was going to look, but as I watched Ryback methodically pace in the ring, taking his time against the WWE Champion, it occurred to me that this was getting over just fine.
And when Ryback hoisted Cena up and drove him through the set on top of the ramp while sparks flew around them? Well, that was a bit of unexpected drama that made the challenger look even better. Ryback had taken full control of the match and had decimated John Cena, leaving him for dead.
Yeah, that made me smile a little too.
Because even though the moment helped Ryback and went a long way in establishing his monster heel persona, we all know that at the end of the day that John Cena will always get back up. He will always come back for more.
But, refusing help from the EMT’s? Sitting up in the ambulance, taking off the neck brace and leaving without treatment? Had this happened live on pay-per-view, it very likely would have destroyed the drama of the match and essentially killed any momentum that Ryback had built as a result of it.
And now a message for any Ryback supporters who may be reading.
Don’t get your hopes up. Because while Ryback is doing everything asked of him and attempting to get over as much as he can, the commitment from WWE apparently stops at John Cena’s door. No one, especially not a relatively new Superstar who is not firmly established as a top contender, is going to get one over on him.
And this includes Ryback.
“Down by the river. Walking on water.”
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Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report