The WWE misses John Cena and amazingly so do I.
It is Wrestlemania season, but you would hardly know it if you watched Raw the past few weeks. I've often criticized the WWE for their inability to build new stars and their reliance on superstars like John Cena. Much like Roman Reigns, I always felt like the character John Cena was being forced on the audience. However, over time I grew to like John Cena, well, at least his matches. His corny promos were never my cup of tea, but I realized how great of a performer he was. Over the past year or so, those that hate John Cena have gotten their wish. He was no longer in the main-event scene. He was the United States Champion and would defend it every week on Raw and most week's it was the match of the night.
Now, many of the top stars in the WWE are injured and will most likely miss Wrestlemania, the WWE's most important show of the year. The Raw's leading up to Wrestlemania are also very important because they are supposed to get folks excited for Wrestlemania, but it isn't working out too well this year. The ratings for Monday Night Raw continue to drop and obviously that is an awful sign for the WWE. I'm not saying they are going out of business or anything, I'm just saying that not one superstar has been able to even come close to replacing John Cena. The WWE wants Roman Reigns to be that guy and right now he is not. He doesn't generate the negative response John Cena got/still gets. The response from the crowd to Roman Reigns is directed at WWE creative. The fans hate how the WWE has made it so obvious that they want them to cheer for Reigns, it has completely backfired. John Cena faced the same problem, yet he was able to navigate through it.
John Cena is the only wrestler I can remember pretty much being a heel and a face at the same time. He knows his audience and also knows how to get a reaction out of those that hate him. It became fun to dislike John Cena, as opposed to the WWE universe collectively rolling their eyes when Roman Reigns enters the ring. It is just an awful situation for Roman Reigns because the fans are voicing their displeasure with the current product by booing him every chance they get. They are afraid that the WWE is trying to replace John Cena with Roman Reigns, which may be true. However, Roman Reigns is not nearly as good as John Cena in the ring or on the microphone. So where does that leave the WWE? Completely stuck and hopelessly watching the ratings fall every week.
It is amazing how most WWE fans, myself included, couldn't wait till John Cena was off of Monday Night Raw. Now, I hope he comes back early and somehow wrestles at Wrestlemania 32. It sucks to say, but that may be the only way save the show and get people interested again. Right now, the WWE is crawling towards Wrestlemania as the fans roll over and take a nap.
Save us, John.