I’ve been open before in previous blogs that I’ve quit watching current professional wrestling—ur, sports-entertainment—since May of 2010. Granted that was a year and a half ago, but thinking it over and going through some old WWE Raw’s from 2007, I started to ponder why I decided to quit watching current wrestling. The reason is simple: I quit watching wrestling because of John Cena.
I am the demographic who dislikes John Cena’s character because he’s been shoved down my throat. He has a limited move–set, he doesn’t put people over, and he’s been in the World Championship title picture for what seems like for decades (which has only been several years). So why beat the dead horse and write a piece about that? No, I won’t, but in turn I will explain the process of my professional wrestling fandom and why I decided to keep my loyalty with the program that I grew up on instead of the current programming.
I put in a WWE RAW from 2007 into my DVD player and the show opened with WWE Champion John Cena coming out to the ring. Mr. McMahon came out and Cena insulted him for losing the ECW Championship the night before at WWE One Night Stand: Extreme Rules. Vince got angry and put Cena in a triple threat WWE title match for the main event that night. Cena went on and defeated Umaga and the Great Khali to retain his WWE title.
Why did this disgust me? Seeing Cena open Raw four years ago! It’s been this way since 2005, which would bring the math up to six years! SIX LONG YEARS! John Cena’s been on top of the WWE as the WWE or World Champion off and on since 2005. The thing that drives me the most nuts is McMahon doesn’t trust anyone other than Randy Orton being on top of his company.
Granted it’s his company and he can choose who he wants as the face of it, but doesn’t he hear the chants and the reaction of his WWE Universe? Doesn’t he have people reading the Internet and to the words of Eric Bischoff, doesn’t he read the response of the “ten-percenters?”
I mentioned a few blogs ago that I haven’t watched a full wrestling program since May of 2010 when Batista “quit” the WWE. I’ve watched the first 20 minutes of a Raw from Miami when the Rock returned to celebrate his birthday. I walked away because I wanted to hang out with my friends and could wait around 12 hours to hear Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer website discuss it on their Monday night podcast.
From around 2006 to 2010, I’ve been losing interest in the WWE storylines. I never been a fan of TNA and never will be because listening to the Wrestling Observer podcast, if I pay someone to review the show and they are frustrated with the lack of logic in TNA’s storylines, why wouldn’t it frustrate me even more?
Like mentioning earlier, I lost interest in the WWE storyline and direction because John Cena and Randy Orton were the only two men Vince McMahon trusted on top of the company. He doesn’t give any other person time to mold into becoming the next face of the company. It doesn’t bother me that Chris Jericho or Shawn Michaels or Triple H or guys who I grew up on aren’t in the main-events anymore. It doesn’t even bother me that Michaels is retired, HHH is on his way out, and Jericho’s working on outside wrestling ventures.
Vince McMahon needs to start listening to his fans and start building new stars. As of me writing this, the current WWE Champion is CM Punk and the current World Heavyweight Champion is Daniel Bryan (or to the internet fans, Bryan Danielson). Do I think Vince McMahon will build these two men up to being seen as legit World Champions in the eyes of the WWE Universe? Heck no! The reasoning behind my response is, neither man is John Cena or Randy Orton. Neither man is his “creation” of a sports-entertainment superstar.