After listening to the Thursday, March 1st, 2012 episode to the Still Real to Us Podcast with “the Champ” Jeff Peck and Captain Obvious talking about John Cena and the Rock’s storyline heading into WrestleMania in Miami, I started thinking while at work. Stalking boxes seems to help me dedicate thoughts to things that seem to matter. I started to ponder: How can John Cena relate to my demographic?
Cena is over with women and children in the crowd but the 18-34 male demographic absolutely hates him. I’ve been vocal before on not liking John Cena. But I started to think about his character that rubs me the wrong way.
I gotta give Cena credit on his “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” because when I was growing up, Hulk Hogan had the “Say your prayers, Take your vitamins, and Train, Brother!” gimmick. Granted Hogan wasn’t pure (taking steroids) but as a child, I was in love with the Hulkster and I wanted to do those three things. Heck, whatever Hogan told me to do; I was willing to do it. I know kids these days will do the same with Cena
Other than that, I already gave one instance where I can’t relate to Cena. I can’t relate to Cena in his music taste because I love hard rock. My favorite band is Chris Jericho’s Fozzy. I have all four of their albums (well, five including their live album). Rap music angers me in a bad way, so if WWE brings up Cena and rap music, they bring up those bad vibes within me.
Cena’s move-set is very limited, which is another thing that I can’t relate to. I love guys who are technical, guys like Jericho, Flair, Michaels, Triple H, so-on-and-so-forth. Granted Cena’s limited move-set is fine, but the thing that bothers me the most about is, since he got the main event push in 2005 when he beat John “Bradshaw” Layfield at WrestleMania 21, his in-ring work hasn’t improved. I don’t want to argue with people about this, but in my opinion, I feel like his in-ring work hasn’t improved.
Unlike guys like I mentioned in the paragraph above, Cena hasn’t learned new moves. It drives me nuts because when Jericho came back the 2nd time, he came back with another finish (the Code Breaker). When Shawn Michaels came back after four years his in-ring work improved since he was around in the 90’s. Triple H has improved greatly since he won the King of the Ring title in 1997.
But back to the point on why I’m writing this piece. I feel like the only way for my demographic to like Cena is if he’s gone for a while. A long while. Look at Stone Cold Steve Austin from Survivor Series 1999 to No Mercy time-frame 2000. He was gone for almost a full year and at that time, I hated Austin just as much as I do Cena now and I was glad to see Stone Cole back. Does Cena need to be gone for a year? I think it’d help.
I believe having Cena gone for at least nine months would help give other wrestlers a push on having to continue the buys on their back. With Cena gone, we’d have a new breath of fresh air in the business. When he comes back, he should have a new style of gimmick. Maybe those trunks he had when he first debuted in 2002? Yes please.
But with Cena gone, my demographic wouldn’t that he’s being pushed down our throats. Many months with him gone would give us a break from Cena and that could help him try to improve his move-set by a couple of moves. With many months with Cena off television, everyone would be happy seeing him back and better than ever.
Eric Darsie is known as a ‘common-man’ among his peers, at least he thinks so. He works hard with his hands in the heart of Minnesota and on his free time, he thugs and a bugs with his family and friends. Whenever he doesn’t do that, he’s found to be writing. Now more of a rare thing, he’s gems could be found here. If you would like to see more of Eric’s work outside of the professional world, check him out at http://vintagedarsie.wordpress.com/, http://www.writerscafe.org/Darsie/writing/, and on Twitter @IAmDarsie.