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Three Reasons for John Cena's Recent Status Change in the WWE

Updated on April 12, 2012
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John Cena: One of the Biggest Names Ever

John Cena is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and there is no valid argument against that in my opinion. Many, including myself, have said that he is the Hulk Hogan of the modern age, and rightfully so. He has held the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships on numerous occasions and has been the star player in WWE for nearly eight years. For those eight years he has been the top babyface of the company, always serving as a role model for kids with his “Never Give Up” and “Rise Above Hate” slogans much like Hogan did with his “Eat Your Vitamins and Say Your Prayers” slogans. Also, much like Hogan, Cena has had rivalries with countless superstars over the years. You name a major superstar in the WWE, or recently retired from the WWE, and it’s more than likely that John Cena has feuded with them at some point. Not only has he feuded with them, but he has overcome them all, scoring at leats one major victory over them. The list of characters Cena has battled with over the years in incredibly long and includes superstars such as Batista, The Great Khali, Randy Orton, Edge, The Miz, and JBL, among others. He even had a short rivalry with Kevin Federline! Only in his most recent rivalry, against The Rock, has Cena failed to overcome the odds and defeat his challenger. That being said, it seems like the WWE is throwing its star player to the wolves these days. We are only in April and already he has been confronted with three major wrestlers: Kane, The Rock, and, most recently, Brock Lesnar, all of which have given him a run for his money unlike any other. So why would the WWE take a man that has brought so much success to the company and basically shove him in front of a moving bus? Well, there are a three legitimate reasons.

Reason #1

Though Cena has been such a positive influence on the WWE and WWE Universe alike, too much of a good thing eventually becomes tiring. Year after year we’ve seen Cena hogging the main event spotlight and, more often than not, doing nothing but winning. It was almost predictable at times watching his matches because you just knew he was going to win. Now it is perhaps time for Cena to be on the other end of the spectrum. Maybe it is now time for Cena to pass the torch to the next iconic superstar.

Reason #2

If John Cena is nearing a heel turn, which I am inclined to favor, then perhaps these series of unprecedented obstacles for Cena is a part of a slow path to villainy. As each impossible force reaches out to attack him, he may gradually become angrier and angrier which in turn will alter his personality completely. Since John Cena has been the “Superman” of the WWE for so long, a sudden change in character would not be realistic. He has to slowly give in to hatred and resentment for the fans in order to become a significant heel, and these rivalries with individuals that break him down is a way to do it. That being said, we may be on a path to see the reemergence of the arrogant, cocky "Dr. of Thuganomics".

Reason #3

The third reason I believe this series of events is good is similar to my first reason. By stacking the odds against Cena, his loyal fans are getting behind him more than ever. More than that, some members of the WWE Universe, including myself, are developing a newfound respect for John. That’s not to say I didn’t respect Cena before, but after his dedication to the WWE fans and the whole entity of the WWE itself, combined with the integrity he consistently shows (such as honorably admitting defeat by The Rock), has made me say hey, maybe Cena has hogged the spotlight and has been overused, but unlike his most recent rivals (Rock and Lesnar) he has stayed with the company and remained loyal to the fans and nature of the business for many years. Even though I am stoked to see Brock Lesnar back in the WWE, I feel like I have to favor John Cena simply because of his ethics and loyalty. So, in a nutshell, this sudden black cloud over Cena’s career has brought him more respect and more fans.

Conclusion

Any way you look at it, John Cena is and always will be one of the biggest names in professional wrestling. He has revolutionized the industry in ways that no other superstar ever has with fans, other wrestlers, and his support of the US military. For that you just have to respect him whether you love him or hate him. So, whether he becomes a heel or soon fizzles away, he has firmly established his place among the immortals and is a surefire Hall of Famer. Just remember the three words: "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect".

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      Justin Bailey 5 years ago

      As an avid John Cena fan since beginning to watch wrestling not too long ago and having the privalege of meeting John Cena face to face while I was deployed to Iraq, it is hard not to be a fan. I can't see him turning heel and being a bad guy. His whole market is Rise Above The Hate everything he stands for spews anti-villian. He is respectful and can admit defeat when it faces him. He is dedicated as he is there every night. He is what America as a Country SHOULD stand for. He is one of the last rays of positive light in these dark days for our Country. Should he turn his back, the WWE will lose a fan.

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      kapdi 5 years ago

      taker is lord of king

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very good write , I like it. Nice hub.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Thanks so much! Are you a wrestling fan?

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      vincentamichael 5 years ago from Karachi

      Nice hub.

      Glad to know you developed a sense of respect for the HERO. I always am crazy about him. He's a true role model one should cite to. His never give up skills and self admitting honesty makes him unique.

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      vincentamichael 5 years ago from Karachi

      Nice hub.

      Glad to know you developed a sense of respect for the HERO. I always am crazy about him. He's a true role model one should cite to. His never give up skills and self admitting honesty makes him unique.

      But the reason what you didn't look at according to my watching wrestling experience is the fan-base. Evidently, the boos were regularizing on every episode of RAW thus, I believe WWE Management took this decision to sign Brock back. If you observed watch the episode of RAW 4/9/12. Second RAW after Wrestlemania XXVIII. In this, where CENA emerged and interrupted Brock's speech and slapped him across the face. The moment CENA's music hit - there was a change of reaction in the boos it turned in cheers.

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      vincentamichael 5 years ago from Karachi

      And yeah I forgot to say the most important thing. Never compare CENA with stupid old fluke HOGAN he's a shit. I read somewhere and you can WIKI it. Batista testified HOGAN is just a piece of shit, he had no brains and just used to do the ear-rap style which he always does. He never let some guys come up, even in his era. And lately, years back in Brock's era HOGAN was becoming an obstacles for some rising superstars.

      JOHN CENA is different and absolutely stands out.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Thanks for the great feedback! I have never been a John Cena hater; I've always respected the hell out of the guy and I have many wrestling memories thanks to him. This recent situation with him as made me develop so much more respect for him, though. He is the most loyal Superstar to grace the WWE in a long time.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      yep, wouldn't miss it. since i was very young ,it's a great escape into fantasy for me . Now my godson watches every episode. learning the difference between fantasy and reality. but the role models(good guys) are who he likes best.

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      The Phenom Saif 5 years ago

      There are two wrestlers in entire WWE history that no person can say that they are loosers and the entire world knows that they both are surefire Hall of Famers.These two wrestlers are John Cena and The Undertaker.

      John Cena is the "Face of WWE".John Cena has been "12 times WWE Champion",that's a record.

      The Undertaker is the legendary "The Phenom" of WWE.The Undertaker is "20-0" undefeated at WrestleManias,that's a record.The Undertaker's 20-0 undefeated streak is considered much more valuable than being WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion.

      There is no any wrestler greater than John Cena (12 times WWE Champion) and The Undertaker (20-0 undefeated winning streak at WrestleManias).

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      The Phenom Saif 5 years ago

      John Cena is an amazing wrestler but not the face of WWE,The Undertaker is the true "Face of WWE".

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      Liamryanburtmania 5 years ago

      Undertaker is gun!! But if i fine out who hates cena overall i will kill u!!

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      Liamryanburtmania 5 years ago

      John cena is not going to turn, in my opinión, but heel or face, i would never turn my Back on him!

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      Punkbryan71 5 years ago

      Poet83 your right! Is cena your favourite? Hes my second favourite but he is the best in the world!

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      Brian Lawson 4 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Undertaker is my favorite but all time fav is Goldberg.

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