Now, in a sudden change of direction, I am asking him to walk away from the company he has helped carry for the last 12 years – at least for a short amount of time.
If time heals all wounds, then Cena should take the time after SummerSlam to work on an ailing elbow and seek the adulation from the WWE Universe he rightly deserves. While it appears Cena has been the workhorse of this company in recent times, injuries are starting to affect the 12-time WWE champ.
And above everything else, a change might do us all some good.
Not a CM Punk change, where we see him all his Twitter account, discussing movies and divas and Tom Brady. I am talking about a real hibernation of sorts where he works on repairing an elbow that looks like something of a Roger Clemens curve ball.
That thing is ugly and will need surgery to repair.
Good thing the WWE has two superstars, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan to pick up the slack while Johnny is on the mend.
Wrestler who walk the same line as Cena have taken time away from the ring, healed, mended and were still as popular (and hated in this case) as ever. Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, and even Steve Austin have done the same thing. They did not lose their spot and the fans still opened their arms (and wallets) to greet them.
Don’t worry, John. You will still have your spot when you return, Vince McMahon wouldn’t dare think of you as letting the company down. This isn’t “Titan Training” anymore and it sure is not the days where yellow and red ruled the universe.
In those immortal words of the big man, “everyone breaks down at one time or another.”
The WWE could use a loss at SummerSlam as a parting of the ways of sorts. Cena loses to Daniel Bryan, leaves the company for a month or two, works on his repairs, maybe with a new look, a gimmick or even, dare I say it, a walk on the wild side.
We have all seen it and thought of it. But with Cena, it just never seems like it would happen.
The WWE could use a shake up of sorts and this is a good place to start. The top is always lonely but it may also need the most direction.
Cena leaving a whole new direction.
Daniel Bryan as the new face of the company. Randy Orton, its top heel. The McMahons at each others throats again. The Big Show and Mark Henry doing their thing.
There is still plenty of potential in the WWE and many directions it can take. Which path it chooses will create another destiny. I just happen to think Cena taking some time off really cannot hurt anyone involved. If it does not work, repairing a small tear is better than repairing a huge rip. And now would be the right time to try it.
Besides, did you really think Cena would hold the belt all year, or did you really think it would one of those runs where we all were begging him to drop the title.