Who should take the title off Cena?
by, 04-14-2013 at 02:12 AM (4781 Views)
Hey, this is Dennis back with another blog for you guys! This time I'm doing another duel blog but this time with my friend Kendon. I hope you guys like the subject matter we decided to discuss and as always feel free to tell us what you think and how we could improve.
Who do you think should take the belt off John Cena?
Dennis: John Cena is the most controversial superstar of my lifetime for sure. He's put on show stopping performances on his way to becoming a 13 time world champion in world wrestling entertainment. Here is something that I find interesting about this situation though, John Cena has never had more heat as a champion than he has currently had on his 13th world title reign. Maybe because it's because they were in front of a smark crowd, or maybe it's because the fans are finally sick of having the same thing pushed down their trouts on a constant basis. Who knows? But I do believe that whoever beats John Cena will get a mega push into superstar-dom because the kids will hate that superstar for beating their idol and the smarks will love them for beating their most hated superstar. So to me, it should be someone fresh to the world title scene that finally snatches the world title from John Cena. I think it would be interesting for the WWE to allow Antonio Cesaro to win the title off of John Cena. Antonio has proven to be able to gain some heat from the fans as the United states champion and has displayed feats of strength maybe only matched by John Cena. Smarks already love this guy, and a lot of them think he isn't quite getting the push that he deserves. I don't think there would be a better way to see if Antonio Cesaro could work on this stage than to give him the nod against the thirteen time world champion. I think he'd have to drop the united states title at the next ppv for this to realistically happen with in the next six months. I'm not saying it's the most likely situation but I am saying it's a superstar who deserves the push plus a superstar who would be unpredictable and fresh in the world title scene.
Kendon:When thinking of people to whom Cena could drop the belt, a shortlist immediately started compiling in my mind. Show, Lesnar, Jericho, Punk, Henry, Orton, Ryback, and Sheamus seem like the most likely candidates. Of these, one in particular stands out: Mark Henry. Henry has been wrestling in the WWE since 1996, longer than anybody else on that list, yet he has never held the WWE title, a characteristic shared only with the newest member of the list (Ryback). After having the same champion for over a year, a champion who has only wrestled eight times in the past decade, and an eleven time champion, WWE needs to bring something new into the championship race. This might sound like an argument for Ryback; not only has he never won the WWE championship, but he is also the newest on that list to the company. However, Henry still seems like the best choice for the following reasons:1: He would be a first-time champion, which would be the breath of fresh air that the championship needs.
2: He deserves it more than anyone else on the roster. He has dedicate well over a decade and half to the WWE and the best he has been given is a three month World Heavyweight championship reign.
3: Henry will be 42 in June. If he doesn’t get a chance to hold the title soon, he probably never will.
4: Cena can loose the title without disgrace. After touting (notice the little “t”) the shame Cena felt after losing to the Rock, WWE should have him lose to somebody like Henry; Henry is big and strong, even by wrestling standards, so there would be no shame in losing to him.
Dennis: Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind having Mark Henry win the belt off John Cena. The only reason I'd go with someone like Cesaro over Mark Henry is because Mark has one the other major belt in the WWE. I mean, I'd be very naive to say that holding the WWE title on WWE's flagship program is the same thing as holding a world championship on WWE's B-show... But I think most of us who watch the product have seen the hall of pain gimmick and we have seen what mark henry does. I think having Cesaro win the belt would show that the WWE is again unpredictable. I think it would show that anyone with major talent on the roster could win the big one, instead of it being held by a select few of the front offices golden boys. Also, like I said beating Cena would be a mega push for whoever gets it. Mark Henry is almost 42 as you said, having him win the title and get that push wouldn't have nearly the advantageous backlash that having a young talent like Cesaro could possibly have for WWE's future at least in my opinion. I wouldn't mind having Mark Henry or even Kane take it off Cesaro a couple months after Cesaro wins the belt, I just think having Cesaro win the belt over Cena would do much more for his career than for a great veteran of the company.
Kendon:I agree that Cena represents something of a creative rut in WWE at the moment and that the solution to this is something fresh. Also, I will not deny that Cesaro has proven to be able to gain some heat from the fans as the US champion; his gimmick all but guarantees it. Still, I have my doubts as to whether Cesaro is the man for the job. I must call into question whether Cesaro really has “displayed feats of strength maybe only matched by John Cena,” especially when I’m lobbying for the World’s Strongest Man. Sure, Cesaro’s feats of strength seem impressive but that is only because he is stronger than he looks. Henry’s feats might seem less impressive but that is only because of how strong he already looks. If anything, this makes Henry a better candidate. As I mentioned before, it is imperative that WWE have Cena lose the title in a way that is not disgraceful. We can clearly see that Henry is bigger and stronger than Cena; there is no shame in losing to the World’s Strongest Man. On the other hand, Cesaro doesn’t look as strong as he is, so Cesaro needs to prove himself, which adds a hurdle not present with Henry. As for “Smarks already love[ing]” Cesaro, I need to point out that they love Henry too albeit for very different reasons. I grew up watching wrestling in the Attitude Era; as a kid I booed to Nation of Domination and cheered for Sexual Chocolate (and if the crowd on April 8’s Raw proves anything, I’m not the only one). Henry might not be the best technician (okay, he definitely isn’t), but true wrestling fans have fond memories of Henry and respect his commitment to wrestling over the years. Henry has never received a push that WWE has followed though on, and a WWE championship could be the start of the push he deserves. As for Cesaro receiving a push, I must admit that I think he needs one too. However, rushing him into the WWE championship race seems like a bad idea. When WWE used that belt to push Sheamus, the entire angle was a mess; it took Sheamus’ winning the World Heavyweight championship to recover. If WWE wants to push Cesaro, that is what his target should be (the World Heavyweight Championship). Cesaro has a bright career ahead of him. Let him finish up his US title run, give him a feud with a big name, and then let him win the WHC once or twice. After that, I would love to see him win the big one. Cesaro has the next decade to get there; Henry only has a few years.
Alright guys, thanks for reading this debate. I have to admit, I didn't expect it to be so wordy but it lead to some pretty awesome points on both sides that I enjoyed quite a bit. We'd love to hear it and as always godspeed to you all!