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Posted by Alex Burnham on 01/07/2013 at 10:32 AM
Match of the Day: WWE Championship: John Cena vs. RVD ECW One Night Stand 2006
Since the majority of today’s column will focus on Cena, I decided to give the readers a treat today with this one. It wasn’t a great match, but the stakes made this one reach that level of epic. You didn’t know how it would go down. Obviously in the end, the birth of ECW got off to a big start.
Email from Gurung
“Zack ryder turns heel, teams with Curt Hawkins, beats down Santino and mocks Edge. Then Edge returns, teams with The Milan Miracle and beats ryder and Hawkins! Wouldn't that be a FUN feud?
Or is edge done from wrestling?”
Edge is done with in ring competition. He will still be a part of the business. He’ll make sporadic appearances. He was very talent so he may find his ways into the inner workings of the WWE or any promotion if he chooses. If Edge could come back, I don’t think it would be for a low level tag feud. The thing about Edge is he didn’t willingly retire. He was forced by a real life injury. Seeing one more Edge match, isn’t worth the risk of him never walking again. He has done enough for the business. Edge is one of my all-time favorites. I have the dvds, the t shirts, and even the action figures. I appreciate all that he gave to the business, all the crazy things he did, and how great he was. I personally don’t want to see him do it again, if it means he can’t enjoy a post wrestling life.
Email from Brett
“I absolutely hate John Cena. His character is so boring that the only thing to do is the heel turn. When do you think the PG Era will be over? When will WWE appeal to the fans that actually have money to spend on their product vs. jobless children?”
A lot of people think he is stale don’t they? Cena is leading merchandise sells for the WWE. Those kids are getting their way. I think the PG Era isn’t close to over. The times have changed. The WWE has changed. Right now a big chunk of fans are children, much like in the late 80s early 90s. Hogan has a similar deal to Cena. A child superstar. He appeals to the kids, because he had a bigger than life persona. I grew up as a child in the Attitude Era. Stone Cold was the popular guy, and that’s who I wanted to be like. A foul mouth, beer drinking, middle finger giving, little hell raiser. Not exactly what you want for kids. At the time it was okay, because a lot of those people who were kids during the 80s and 90s grew up. They didn’t want to see the kid stuff anymore, so the product had to change. They wanted more adult content as they got older. My little cousin wears the Cena shirts, the headbands, the arm bands, and all of that. Cena is a great character for him to look up to. He has done more Make A Wish grants than anyone in history. That says a lot about the influence of Cena. I would much rather I had children who looked up to Cena than Steve Austin. To the adults he may be stale. To the children he isn’t. Eventually the product will change. Those little kids now will get older and want more adult content. I don’t think we will ever have anything that reaches the levels of the Attitude Era though. WWE has too many sponsors now, that WWE has to reflect a positive image to them. I don’t think he needs the heel turn. He has consistently been entertaining. You may hate him, but you still tune in and see him every week. You still watch his ppv matches hoping he loses. You still give him a reaction. Negative or positive, you give him a reaction. That’s how stars are made.
Email from Jay
“Why do we have to sit through Rock vs. Cena II? Cena hasn’t done anything memorable since Extreme Rules. Why should he just all of a sudden get a match with The Rock? Why not Bryan, Punk, Ziggler, Rhodes, or someone young that could use that hype?”
This question is really easy. No one in the WWE is a bigger star than John Cena. No one draws the way he does. No one is as established as John Cena. You always believe Cena can win. Always. It could be a 20 on 1 handicap match, and you could still bank on Cena. That’s the credibility he has. No one believes Punk will beat The Rock. This will be the biggest rematch ever, and it will be for the grandest prize of them all. We will have a memorable WWE Championship match in the main event of WrestleMania. These internet darlings have had incredible matches on the indy circuits, but most fans don’t believe they’d win against a WWE Superstar. Especially, someone as dominant as The Rock.
That’s all for today folks. It is my birthday so I will be celebrating by watching the New Year Raw tonight. Do you have any feedback? What do you think about Cena? Do you feel the PG era needs to be abandoned? Let me know your thoughts and questions.
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