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John Cena Defender of the WWE, not the WWE Title

The WWE may finally put John Cena in a program I can support on many levels.

The road to WrestleMania begins Jan 25 with the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, but if you read the cheat sheets online and the rumor mill innuendo that is flying higher than the Killer Bees, there is reason to believe the title shot John Cena is getting in the Triple Threat Match with himself, Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar could be his last.

The company may have decided (FINALLY) to end Cena’s reign as the company’s go-to champion and give someone like Rollins a shot at glory in the WWE’s signature event of the year. While there is still the belief that Roman Reigns will win this year’s Rumble event, the idea of Brock Lesnar as his opponent may have soured a bit on management.

Like many WWE and wrestling fans, I would love to see Cena’s belt streak end (at 15 times, not 16) and to see Rollins or Reigns take over the spotlight for the company in what can be deemed “best for business.”

Cena, who is still the most colorful and polarizing figure the company has witnessed since the days of The Rock as a full time mat man, could become the “icon” of sorts, with new challenges that would allow him to defend his employer rather than a gold strap.

As written in a column on Wrestlezone.com, Cena could be the flag bearer for the company in taking down the Russian Rusev and his unbeaten streak.

Former WWE Creative Writer Andrew Goldstein state in his column that the man who is the true Patriot of the organization is the logical choice to help bring the big man down.

Sadly the opportunity to end the Bulgarian Brute’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania will not belong to Kurt Angle. Which is a damn shame and a rip-off both for his legacy and his fans. But I digress… Absent YOUR American hero, who better than Super Cena to chop down the mighty Rusev? Every time Cena kisses that dog tag around his neck, on his way to the ring, it’s an affront to everything Rusev stands for. Plus the story writes itself. The man who implores his “Cenation” of pre-pubescent fans to “Never Give Up” vs. the man who’s made literally everyone on the WWE roster do just that. Then you throw in Nikki Bella in John’s corner bumpin’ silicone with Lana!!!! Plus all the corny, dated Russia jokes John could make about Gorbachev’s birthmark and Vlad Putin riding horseback shirtless and you’ve got VKM’s three biggest turn-on’s all in one match: Childish humor, hot females under his employ, and AMERICA! It’s a no-brainer.

Personally, I think it falls in line with other wrestling greats who have defended the cause of their country or company in the past.

When I think of wrestling and the angles of fighting for Old Glory, I think of times when Dusty Rhodes battled Ivan and Nikita Koloff (before Nikita turned face). How there was no one as patriotic as Rhodes with his “Son of a Plumber” angle and talking about “Hard Times” and fighting the good fight like one of his heroes John Wayne.

I think of Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo (before he was IRS) winning WWF gold in beating Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik.

And nothing was as American as Hulk Hogan fighting his way out of the Camel Clutch – yes there is a pun there – and taking the Iron Sheik down to claim the WWF Title and begin the start of Hulkamania. Wrestling has provided many a patriotic moment, and this could be one more.

This could also be the start of Cena moving more toward the “Sting role” where he defends the WWE against foes who want to challenge the system, not necessarily the wrestler. I like it and I like the chance to see more talent get more name recognition.

While this might just be speculation and conjecture, I am sure we can all agree Cena defending Old Glory makes all the sense in the wrestling universe. And for once, it gives me a chance to root for Cena as a performer, not some I wish the company had taken his power away a long time ago.

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