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The Legend of John Cena will Now Be Known

We had all better get used to the idea that until the new year, the WWE is going to be Daniel Bryan’s oasis.

[adinserter block=”1″]The face of the wrestling world is going to be a short, lightweight, bearded man who will continually have the snot knocked out of him week after week by the WWE’s new “Corporation.”

The man who has beaten every WWE superstar on the roster of late will be a lone wolf in is initial fight against the McMahon’s.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

What a joy it will be to see a new face at the top of the food chain of this company. I take nothing away from John Cena and the work he has done with wrestling, mainstream media and charitable work.

There is no one who works harder. But after 12 years of blood, sweat and tears, the need for some fresh reality was needed. And Bryan, just like an NBA point guard, has the hot hand right now where everything he touches is nothing but net.

Two things will happen in the next four months – The WWE will thrive on a non-Cena program with new superstars (Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose) helping to lead the way, and we will see the genius of the John Cena character each day he is not on the little screen.

We tend to have a deeper appreciation for our heroes or our villains once they have moved on from the playing fields or have suffered a long recovering injury. Even though he will make a return to the ring and fight the good fight and seize the opportunity to recapture his place atop the WWE mountain, Cena’s legend will grow in his time away from the ring.

Whether it is right or not, we all know, like the legend of Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Dory Funk, Jr. and Hulk Hogan, time away from the ring allows us to immortalize the men we watched in the squared circle.

I am not saying I agree with the idea, but reality is what it is. The new age of social media, the coverage we give professional wrestling is what the younger generation calls “stupid.”

I did not know that was a good thing.

If I have one fear about this new angle the WWE is running with (more like sprinting with), is the notion, at least as I see it, that the company is making this a personal vendetta with Bryan and the WWE.

The idea is great in theory. It started with Vince McMahon stating he was not happy with Cena nor Bryan holding the WWE Title. Now, it is a one-man show because of Cena’s injury. Does this mean had Cena not been injured, this would have been a two-man battle against the company?

That would have continued to place more emphasis on Cena than Bryan. And what happens to CM Punk in all of this?

At some point, “The Voice of the Voiceless” will need another angle to work with. Curtis Axel will become a play toy of sorts, Paul Heyman a waste of time. Don’t ruin a chance to make a lasting impression of Punk and Bryan together fighting the good fight.

While it takes a bit away from the “Anti-Hero” we so want to call Punk, the notion that he and the WWE are comfortable with each other has never really been resolved. This might be a good way to either clear the air or stoke the fire some more. You can never have too much Punk and Vince McMahon jawing at each other in a wrestling ring.

If it truly is Bryan’s time now, then the angle of the Corporation should work in a way that when Cena returns, he properly shares the spotlight. It’s called transitioning. While the company may need to switch gears (and it will) by the time Cena returns to the Royal Rumble, Bryan will have solidified himself as the man and face (beard or no beard) of the company.

[adinserter block=”2″]Punk will still be kicking asses all over arenas. Cena’s job will be to ease back in (easier said than done) with the program. And if he can be a more “giving’ wrestler in his next go with the company, his legend will grow even more.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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  1. My biggest fear is that Cena will return and everything will go back to "normal". Cena wins the Rumble and faces Orton at Mania. Ugh. Or worse, HHH weasels his way into being champ again.

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