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John Cena Is Untouchable!

John Cena Is UntouchableJohn Cena is the king. No one tops him, he is rarely beaten, and he is the quintessential WWE Superstar. He is everything the company is, and wants to be. At this point in his career, he is more untouchable than Eliot Ness.

The well publicized “Cena haters” absolutely despise him, cursing everything he says, including all of the silly one liners he rattles off during his numerous promos. Every time he opens his mouth, he provides these fans with more ammunition to use against him. His early moments on the mic, which now seem like an eternity ago, were brutal, cutting edge, and highly anticipated. The crowd could not wait to see what he was going to say next.

Now, John Cena is more softcore in his delivery than a pseudo porn B movie on Showtime. He is harmless, a machete with a dull blade. His jokes are lame, his smile goofy, and his supposed love of the business is matched only by his seemingly massive inability to actually work a wrestling match.

His detractors point to his overused move set as proof positive that the guy cannot work. Shoulder tackle, spinning back drop, bulldog, five knuckle shuffle, Attitude Adjustment, the end. Every pro wrestler has his or her own particular style, no doubt about it. But for Cena, his “style” appears to be nothing more than a random assortment of elementary moves patched together because he simply does not now how to do anything else very effectively.

[adinserter block=”2″]His critics hate everything about him. Despite anything he says, or his position at the top of the company, he receives no respect from them, and probably never will. For these fans, John Cena is public enemy number one.

But, here’s the kicker. He doesn’t care. John Cena is living the dream that a lot of kids growing up watching WWE will never realize. He is the main event attraction of the number one pro wrestling company in the world. The WWE Championship, when not around his waist, is simply being kept warm by whatever fill in worker is carrying it for the next ten minutes. That belt belongs to Cena.

Not only does John not care about what his haters have to say about him, he actually welcomes the criticism. He likes being the guy backed into a corner, having to prove that nothing can hold him down. Fighting to keep his spot in the company, John Cena gives the impression that while he feels every attack, he will not be stopped. Nothing will prevent him from lacing up the sneakers and getting in the ring, despite how the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against him.

It’s brilliant. It’s working. And, to be honest, there is really no other way to sell John Cena at this point. He is the PG Champion, and when a guy is presented in that fashion, the only teeth he has is his reputation. Cena’s rep as the untouchable fighter who will not back down is all his own. It is perhaps the only thing that is keeping him relevant in the minds of wrestling fans who love debating, and discussing, the pros and cons of his presence in WWE.

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John’s current feud with CM Punk seems very real, and with good reason. Basically, every character trait he has, every point of argument for his critics, have been brought to light. The layers of his character are being peeled away, and when Punk declared that Cena was no longer the underdog, but the dynasty, it was the ultimate declaration of obvious fact. Cena’s rep is being exposed as a sham, and the grinning evil genius that is CM Punk is just the man to point that out.

CM Punk is perhaps the perfect foil for John Cena. He is the Lex Luthor to John‘s Superman. When Cena plays the hero, his bright and shining gimmick a beacon for all that is good and right about WWE, Punk is there, reminding him that he is only human, that he is not what he says he is. The dichotomy of good and evil in the business has perhaps never had a better example in Vince McMahon‘s company than it does right now. Yes, they have touched before. But, this time it’s different.

The outcome of Cena and Punk’s WWE Title match at Money in the Bank is anyone’s guess. Some speculate that Punk’s contract, which has been up for a while, has now secretly been renewed, making the match not all that important in terms of outcome. Others say that no contract has been signed, that Punk is definitely leaving after the pay per view, perhaps heading to another promotion with a lighter work schedule.

[adinserter block=”1″]Then there are the Cena haters, who would love nothing more than to see John do the job, and drop the WWE Title to his most devious rival yet. There is even crazy speculation that this whole situation will cause a Cena heel turn, that he will get an assist from Vince McMahon, thus screwing Punk out of the belt, and legitimizing everything he’s said about John to this point.

Whatever happens at Money in the Bank, there is little reason for anyone to believe that John Cena’s spot as the number one guy in WWE is in danger. On Monday morning, July 18, WWE fans will be buzzing about either the controversial end of the pay per view, or the fact that Cena once again has emerged unscathed. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. The haters will hate. John will smile and shrug it off. He is above it all, and nothing anyone can say will ever change that. John Cena is the king. All hail the king.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. But that being said I respect John Cena the person, you're 100% right he's a kid who grew up wanting in so bad and has his shot and he's running with it. He makes a very good public face for WWE who was in need of one with the departure or slowing down of several of their previous superstars and he makes himself accessable to the community and is very involved with Make a Wish, its hard to fault the guy there.

    Maybe the fault of Cena isn't Cena himself but the fault of WWE ( not so) Creative, who just keeps going to the well over and over without fresh ideas or the balls to push someone new. You could put somoene new over huge if you went for Cena vs. Other Babyface ala Hogan vs Warrior, but they won't because they fear the unknown, the only way they will let Cena falter is when he stops filling the seats and they need something new.

    • Ding! Hammer, meet nail – you got it in one.

      When people boo "John Cena" what most – I'd say almost all – of them are actually booing is WWE Creative, because that's who creates the character. Cena goes out there and does his best to sell the role, because that means he gets to keep living his dream, but he doesn't write his own material for RAW – we've seen what happens when Cena's allowed to get on the mic at a house show and cut loose, and the results are a LOT better than what we're spoonfed on TV every week.

      Respect John Cena as a man and an athlete. Hate on WWE Creative for making someone with so much personality so goddamn boring every week.

  2. I think to get to the meat of this you have to seperate John Cena the person and John Cena the character.

    I live in CT so I'm blessing with many house shows ( and a fair amount of RAWs and Smackdowns) a year and I can tell you one constant in the house shows when it comes to Cena. If its under 12 or female its cheering for Cena. If its a mid 20's male they are the ones chanting Cena Sucks.

    I hate, I mean HATE John Cena the character, Call it that I've moved from my Luke Skywalker days to my Han Solo days. I'm tired of him being pushed down my throat week after week because he fills seats… Daniel Bryan would fill seats if you gave him the oppertunity. His 'rep' as you call it is because he's written that way, sure he doesn't back down now but WWE creative could turn him into Miz who can't win a match clean at the snap of their evil evil fingers. And 90% of Cena matches involve him getting the crap stomped out of him for 5-20 min him out of nowhere hitting his 5 moves and winning.

  3. It has to be said – even if only by me – but anyone that criticizes John Cena for a limited move set has apparently never sat through a Big Show match. Or a Mark Henry bout (what's his finisher, sweating on a dude?). Or Ezekial Jackson, Kane (DEAR GOD, KANE)… the list goes on. Is Cena the most creative or innovative wrestler? Absolutely not. But is his the most limited moveset in the company? Again… absolutely not.

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