The ending to Money In The Bank’s main event was cheap

Written by: Kris Rennie

First off, I took some flak the last time I criticised John Cena on The Void, but I stand by every single comment I have made about him. 

John Cena wins at WWE Money in the Bank 2014

He’s not a good wrestler.

He’s dreadful on the mic.

His character is cringeworthy and embarrassing.

He consistently botches moves.

He is a guy in his late 30s dressing like Fred Durst on ketamine.

He gets booed and jeered on a regular basis, everywhere he goes.

He stifles other talent and has form for refusing to put other wrestlers over.

His move set is redundant.

I could go on and on.

Yet this guy is constantly elevated to the top tier of the WWE. This guy stands at the pinnacle of pro wrestling because he has now been crowned a “15-time world heavyweight champion”, one less than Ric Flair.

The fundamental difference between Cena and Flair, is that Flair paid his dues all over the world, has worked with the greatest names in the business and is a bona fide, undeniable legend in every sense of the word.

Oh, and whenever Ric Flair walks out to the bombastic strains of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and shouts “WOOOOOOO!!!!!”, people have genuine respect and reverence for the guy and recognise him as a one of the all-time greats.

Is John Cena really going to be seen on the same level and perceived to be a legend?

Cena’s banality and mediocrity as a character and a wrestler completely devalue the prestige of the World Heavyweight Championship.

Why has this happened again?

Even at Money In The Bank last night, it was Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins that anyone was talking about afterwards.

Simply because Daniel Bryan is currently out injured and the WWE is too frightened to take a leap of faith and put the belt on a guy like Roman Reigns or Bray Wyatt and go with those guys.

In the past few months, The Shield and The Wyatt Family had made the WWE compelling viewing.

Now, we’re back to the trite, hackneyed, cheap and predictable concept of John Cena defying the odds and coming out as the champion. Again.

How many times have we seen this?

Here was a chance for the WWE to buck the trend and go with a left-field choice, and when I say “left-field”, I mean someone who isn’t John Cena.

Here is a product that was looking like it had some new life, there was a glimmer of hope that WWE was moving into a new exciting future with guys like Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt carrying the banner onto a new era.

I defy anyone to tell me that those guys haven’t all been involved in some of the best matches of the year.

Even at Money In The Bank last night, it was Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins that anyone was talking about afterwards.

Seth Rollins wins Money In The Bank 2014

Seth Rollins wins Money In The Bank

Why is it such a bad thing to allow these guys to have their day in the sun?

Of course,people will tell you it is because John Cena is popular, sells merchandise, is the face of the WWE and endorses all of the charities the WWE are affiliated with.

Does John Cena need to have the championship belt so the WWE can put him over any more than he has been put over?

The crowds are tired of this and the viewers are tired of this.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of Cena’s colleagues in the locker room are tired of this, because no matter how hard they work, no matter how many great spots they do, no matter how big the cheers or boos they get as a face or a heel and no matter how great the promos they cut, they’ll never get that recognition.

Even when CM Punk was the champion, all of the main events at pay-per-views were scripted around John Cena’s character, and he was constantly opening or closing segments on Raw too.

It’s not so much the man himself that I am having a go at here but this nonsensical “Super Cena” character he portrays.

This invincible, considerate and courageous guy who always overcomes adversity and evil. This guy who kicks out of every finishing move because he “never gives up”… it’s this reason that people are sick and tired of watching his matches because of the utter predictability of them.

Unlike John Cena, I am about ready to give up on this product because until John Cena is gone from the WWE, this character is going to be forced down our throats until the WWE decides to take a risk and place someone else to the top of the mountain.

Author: Kris Rennie

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Responses to The ending to Money In The Bank’s main event was cheap

  1. You can’t deny that John Cena is one of the most hard working guys in the business and he deserves respect.He can talk, he can work, he can do promos, he can be unique, he earned repect of best in the business like Jericho.

    But he needs to bo-leave at least from main event picture. Honestly it’s hard to imagine the guy being remembered years after his career as some solid character or “immortal legend”. He doesn’t have any historical stable behind him, he never did anything major in tag team division, he doesn’t have any historical 2nd tier titles run, he doesn’t have any of “that moments” like other legends (except when he kicked out form every move there is) that will be remembered decades after.

    All he has is a big fat number of 2 scripted world titles runs of one organisation. And a collection of t-shirts.

  2. “He can do promos. He can be unique.”

    He’s unique in the sense that he has no self-awareness of why he is completely shit.

    Here is a guy whose promos consist of devaluing feuds by goofing around and making cheap jokes throughout. He never sells a feud in a believable way.

    It’s like putting Chevy Chase into a serious gangster film alongside Al Pacino. You’d never believe in the concept because Chevy Chase can’t make such a concept serious.

  3. I agree, his issues are too obivous – his character didn’t evolve at all, his move set is weak, 85% of the time he is lying in the ring barely moving and he takes way too much time from other performers. But I don’t think it’s fair to ignore his hard work for the industry.

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