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The Ugly Truth About John Cena

I know you don’t like him, as a matter of a fact I know you despise him. He is public enemy #2 behind Triple H to his millions of IWC haters. They all want him either gone or to turn heel but the ugly truth is that he is more important to the WWE than you thought.

It is easy to sit on the Internet and play arm chair booker. We all do it. One of the most popular topics of discussion among boards and social media is John Cena turning heel. Everyone thinks it is such a great idea and angry that the WWE won’t pull the trigger. Unfortunately the last two months have done nothing to help your case.

Plenty of you also rail against the idea of your heroes CM Punk and Daniel Bryan taking a backseat to Cena. You all think that Punk and/or Bryan should be the top guy and that the WWE are just plain stupid for putting Cena ahead of them. You all hate the fact that Cena is on top and even after a two month absence are sick of Cena. Again, the last two months should be a reality check for most of you.

I feel like I have to write this every time I blog anything positive on Cena so I’ll say it again. I am not a John Cena fan (even though I am accused of such). I don’t find him interesting, his matches are better than people give him credit for yet are still not up to my tastes, and his promos can range from okay to being absolutely obnoxious. That said I will give him his due and tell you that without John Cena that the pro wrestling industry would be royally screwed and that…is the ugly truth.

Most experts will agree that everything in the business revolves around the WWE. If the WWE is up, the business is up, if the WWE is down, the business is down. That’s just how it goes. Cena has been gone two months and the WWE made a major shift in gears during his absence. They promoted Daniel Bryan to his spot, kept CM Punk in the two-slot, bumped up Randy Orton to the top heel spot, and brought back a McMahon family angle. On paper I would bet most Cena haters would have seen these plans a few months ago and predicted that the WWE would do big business and the product would be more entertaining.

You would have been wrong!

I don’t know what it is about Cena and half of the time I turn the dial when he is on but he is greatly missed on the WWE programs. As big of a Daniel Bryan as I am, I will admit that the product is lacking a punch since Cena hit the sidelines. There is just something missing. His energy good and bad is an intangible that just can’t be replaced.

Business speaks for itself. The ratings have been okay to terrible. With the exception of the day after pay-per-view RAW shows, RAW ratings have generally been disappointing. Buyrates are expected to be bad to terrible and the interest overall in the WWE product is probably lower than it has been in quite some time. As I tell TNA fans who like to argue with me about the state of their favorite pro wrestling company, the numbers don’t lie. John Cena or should I say his presence is greatly missed.

I know you want to see Daniel Bryan in the main-event as WWE champion. I know you want CM Punk to headline WrestleMania and close the monthly pay-per-view shows. I get it but the facts are the facts and those guys (nor anyone else) on the roster can draw anywhere close to Cena. The sad reality for all of you Cena haters is that you got what you wanted which was a Cena-less WWE and the worst thing happened to all of you.

You were proven wrong. Imagine the state of the WWE come WrestleMania 30 if Cena was gone. It wouldn’t be pretty and if their business is down, imagine where the other companies would be. The industry needs John Cena and quite frankly (and it pains me to say it) so do we.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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