Before the “Hate” comments and “Your Momma” jokes head my way (@kjexperience on twitter), let me explain myself to you “un-educated” wrestling fans! If you are 25 years of age or older and actually think (for more than a second) that John Cena is a Top 50 Wrestlers of All Time, you might as well check yourself into a psychiatric hospital because you need some “Special” treatment of what I like to call “Stupidity”!
John Cena made his WWE debut on June 27, 2002 (as part of the “Kurt Angle” opening challenge). As much as this article will turn 100% negative towards John Cena in a few minutes, I was impressed with this “raw” talented superstar when he first started. With his old-school rap gimmick, I thought he could be one of the most intriguing superstars that the WWE ever had (very similar to the like of Mr. Perfect & Ted Dibiase).
However, the year was 2004 and I noticed that he was going to “spit” in the face of the TRUE “Smart Marks” fans (like me) and dishonor the history of the United States title with the ugly, tacky, and gaudy spinning United States Championship Belt. With superstars such as Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair, and the 1st ever United State championship holder Harley Race holding that title, it meant something in the wrestling business. Having that title back the 1970’s meant that you were on your way to be one of the best EVER in the industry (BTW…those three (back in their prime), would destroy John Cena)
How do you define being a “Wrestler”? Well, it’s basically three things! The first thing is being able to talk on the microphone and get a reaction for the crowd. Whereas John Cena can do that (Just go back and watch the ECW One Night Stand PPV from 2006), there are at least 35-50 wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling that can did it a lot better than he can!! A few names would include: C.M. Punk, Mick Foley, The Rock, Curt Hennig (favorite of all-time), Chris Jericho, and Edge. (There is a lot more as well, but you get the point).
The second thing that you need is to have technical wrestling abilities. Most fans (should know) that John Cena doesn’t have ANY technical skills at all in the ring! Co-workers, friends, and young kids have always told me that this “aspect” of wrestling is not important!! Apparently, those are the people that I like to call “Morons” (trust me I know a lot of them). Wrestlers with this skill-set include: Bryan Danielson (yes I am using his REAL name…not Daniel Bryan), William Regal, Chris Benoit (Why is he’s not in the Hall of Fame is beyond me), and Samoa Joe!
The last thing that a wrestler need is to be respected by the wrestling fans. I don’t think I am the only one that feels this way, but I am (one of only a few) that has the “guts” to say it! There is NOT a “written law” in the government of “Professional wrestling” that states I have to like and/or cheer for every wrestler. There were times that I didn’t like JBL (John Bradshaw Layfield), but I respect him for he has done for this business and regardless of what most of you think, he will be a Hall-of-Famer sometime soon. Some other wrestlers that fans (regardless of character) have respected for are: Shawn Michaels, Sting, Undertaker, and Triple H.
Is John Cena a great entertainer? Absolutely (even though all of his movies went straight to DVD). Is he one of the best “pure” wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots?? Absolutely Not!! I can name at least 50-75 “wrestlers” that are better than he is. (BTW…he’s not in the top 10 “wrestlers” in the WWE today). For me to start “respecting” John Cena again, he has get away for his comfort zone (being a wannabe early 1990’s Hulk Hogan) and pull a stunt like Hogan did at Bash at the Beach in 1996 (If you don’t know what happen on that day, look it up…it’s a pretty BIG deal in the wrestling industry).
After reading this article and if you still like John Cena (and you are over the age of 25)…I don’t know what to say! You might as well build a time machine and go back to your era of professional wrestling and try to understand the basics of what a “True” wrestler is because John Cena is not a wrestler…he’s an entertainer.
I would like to continue why I “dislike” John Cena, but I’m watch “REAL” professional wrestling now and that’s Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness from the Ring of Honor PPV “Unified” (That’s REAL Wrestling)
Until Next time…
*Kurt Johnson is a programming intern/Sports Blogger for Atlanta Sports Talk Radio 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter at @kjexperience