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Is John Cena holding back the future stars of the WWE?


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Posted February 17, 2013, at 11:05 AM

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Saw this on wrestlingforum and thought it was an interesting read.

- Bobby Lashley seemed like a future star, with an impressive build, great moveset and big fanbase behind him, was beating all the heels and became a main eventer over on ECW having a great feud with Vince McMahon, then Bobby Lashley got drafted to RAW and everyone thought he would be a top face along with John Cena but no, Cena beats Lashley and then Lashley dissapears and we he hear he's gotten released.

- Carlito during 2007 was believed by many to become a main eventer by the end of the year because of how much heat and hate he would get from the crowd after he did the backstabber on the petite womens wrestler Torrie Wilson. Carlito had it all, the wrestling skills, the charisma, the mic skills. Fans would spit on the guy and hate him to the extreme. He even beat Flair on a couple of occasions. But then he had a match with John Cena where he was dominated and never recovered from that. He started teaming up with Santino for a while after that, then got drafted to SmackDown where he was put in a team with his brother Primo. He had two tag title runs and then became a heel jobber and then released.

- The Nexus were so hyped up and everyone thought Wade Barrett was going to become a future main eventer but after losing to Cena so many times, he looked weak especially when he lost their feud. Barrett still has not recovered from that and is lingering around the midcard scene.

- CM Punk during his WWE title reign had beat hard challenges in Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler. But when he got challenged by Cena, Cena said this to Punk "You're gonna have the biggest match of your life", something that made all his previous challenges and opponents look weak. It even made Punk look weak considering how Punk had had better matches with Randy Orton, Edge, Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and Chavo Guerrero before.

- Dolph Ziggler was on a roll during most of last year, he turned on Vickie and got AJ and fans finally thought he would be getting his main event spot during his feud with Cena, but no, Cena beat him so many times cleanly and now Dolph has no real direction and we don't even know if he'll be having a match at WrestleMania.

- Cody Rhodes was built up the entire 2011 and most of 2012, looked strong when he teamed up with Damien Sandow, but then he has the match with John Cena where he loses in a couple of minutes, and he still has not recovered from that and is left without direction and looks like a weak midcarder in comparison to him being looked at as a next big star when he was an upper midcarder on SmackDown 2 years ago.

- When Daniel Bryan was coming out of his feud with CM Punk, he looked like a threat but then he had a match with John Cena where he tapped out to the STF and looked really weak. Cena didn't even need that victory considering how Cena was feuding with John Laurinaitis at that point.

- The Miz while being a weak wrestler was having good matches in 2010 and was having a great title reign in 2011, everyone wanted him to feud with John Morrison for the title, but instead he got John Cena, someone he lost to a lot of times, and after that jumped back to midcard even though he spent an entire year with a build up to becoming a main eventer. Now The Miz is still in midcard, without any real direction. 31 years old, weak wrestler is having lackluster segments on his own show Miz TV, he doesn't even have a reason to be in WWE anymore.

- Now this is an off camera one, but Alex Riley was a main eventer and a champion in FCW and did good as Miz's lacky and then beat The Miz and was by many believed to be a main eventer following that. Alex Riley had an impressive winning streak, but then suddenly his appearances on TV got limited and he would lose whenever he would appear and now he hasn't been seen in the ring for months. There was a report about how it was because of how he had an altercation with John Cena backstage.

To top it all of, ever since 2007, Cena has only lost 2 matches cleanly, Triple H at Night of Champions 2008 and The Rock at WrestleMania.


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Posted February 17, 2013, at 12:27 PM

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Yes, he is.

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 12:42 PM

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Oh no of course not.... said by no one ever  :smh3:

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 01:05 PM

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At the sametime, it isn't his fault. Wwe back then was able to focus on everything all at once.

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 01:37 PM

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Perhaps, but some of those cases are not Cena's fault in my view. Bryan has not been held back or lost any momentum as a star due to that match. I doubt many people remember it, actually. Rhodes hasn't been booked decently lately whatsoever, he's been squashed by the main-eventers way too frequently and at this point, he should not be in a tag team AGAIN. He should be in main events, the way he has been booked all around has hurt him. Also, I still don't buy the Cena/Riley story, Cena is by no means an angel, but he hasn't been made out to be a guy who gives the younger talent any shit.

Otherwise though, this was an interesting read with several good points.

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 01:57 PM

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I wouldn't really blame Cena. I'm sure he's that type of a guy who's willing to put over the new talent. It's the WWE and Vince who is to blame here. They are the main reason why it's all about Cena nowadays.

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 04:35 PM

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If i remember correctly, Cena was suppose to take a break during the mid of 2012, but for some odd reason it didn't happen.

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 05:38 PM

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If i remember correctly, Cena was suppose to take a break during the mid of 2012, but for some odd reason it didn't happen.

Yup, after ER. I have no idea why that didn't go through  :crying: :crying:

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Posted February 17, 2013, at 11:49 PM

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The company made a huge mistake making him the sole megastar. Back in the Attitude Era, you had Steve Austin, The Rock, and Shawn Michaels leading the helm. It's not like one person made the Attitude Era. John Cena is the sole, major star of his era. If the company doesn't star creating stars now, there's going to be a major problem when Cena retires.

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Posted February 18, 2013, at 12:06 AM

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The company made a huge mistake making him the sole megastar. Back in the Attitude Era, you had Steve Austin, The Rock, and Shawn Michaels leading the helm. It's not like one person made the Attitude Era. John Cena is the sole, major star of his era. If the company doesn't star creating stars now, there's going to be a major problem when Cena retires.


To strengthen your argument, in the Attitude Era they actually had Stone Cold, The Rock, HBK, HHH, The Undertaker and Mankind, with Kane just below them. Then later on, they tacked on Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle to the same level as Kane. There was also Bret Hart in the top tier, during the early goings.

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Posted February 18, 2013, at 05:23 AM

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John Cena just needs to quit. The amount of people that could be at the top right now but aren't. He's just a money maker which is why the wwe love him so much. It's like the creative team only focus on him.

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Posted February 18, 2013, at 07:35 AM

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To strengthen your argument, in the Attitude Era they actually had Stone Cold, The Rock, HBK, HHH, The Undertaker and Mankind, with Kane just below them. Then later on, they tacked on Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle to the same level as Kane. There was also Bret Hart in the top tier, during the early goings.


Agree, you also have to remember, even though the top stars, sometime have most of the spots, other divisons were able to get a chance to be a star and make their storyline/fued notable.. Like the women division, crusierweight division, tag team division. For years they were able to build each and everyone up, with a two hour limit.

Why must Cena get to have an hour on the show, and at the sametime they have freaking 3 hours to spare.


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Posted February 18, 2013, at 01:13 PM

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Agree, you also have to remember, even though the top stars, sometime have most of the spots, other divisons were able to get a chance to be a star and make their storyline/fued notable.. Like the women division, crusierweight division, tag team division. For years they were able to build each and everyone up, with a two hour limit.

Why must Cena get to have an hour on the show, and at the sametime they have freaking 3 hours to spare.


Yep. I don't even want to blame it on Cena because we have no clue what happens behind the scenes, but it's absolutely ridiculous. They'll be screwed if Cena gets a major injury.

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Posted February 18, 2013, at 01:38 PM

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Cena's win/loss record is absolutely astonishing! If he really has had 2 clean losses since 2007, then obviously something's gone wrong. I agree with Tay to be honest. The WWE really needs more than one mega-star. I mean they had Orton, but he's been on the mid-card for quite a while now.

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Posted February 18, 2013, at 02:51 PM

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Im just tired of him, respect the guy a tons, i just pray that ziggler cash in at wrestlemania during rock/cena match.

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