Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Future WWE Hall of Famers: John Cena

Let's kick this off with an obvious choice:

John Cena

Do I like him?  No, can't stand him as a matter of fact.  He is, however, clearly the top dog in WWE and has already accomplished a hell of a lot.  There's really nothing Cena hasn't done yet.  I anxiously await a heel turn though at some point.

Anyhow, here's how I look at Cena from a pros and cons standpoint:

  • Undeniable passion for the business, no one cares more about the WWE or the industry than John Cena.
  • Solid worker, I'm not a workrate guy by any stretch, but he's more than passable in the ring.  Has solid matches.
  • Sells a ton of merchandise, every arena he goes to looks like a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles (thanks Rock).
  • Kids love him, see above, every kid wants the shirts, the hats, the sweatbands.
  • Great guy, does a lot of work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Inconsistent character, he's all about Hustle, Loyalty and Respect, but they've had him do some really questionable and out-of-character things lately.  AA-ing The Rock for example.
  • Annoying character, he comes off as smarmy and like nothing really matters
  • Inconsistent promos, kind of a hybrid of the two previous cons.  He comes off as smug and tries to hard to be cutesy.  His feuds suffer due to this.
  • Dated look, buddy looks like he popped right of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" video.  Jorts and underwear showing?  In 2011?  No way, man.
All that being said, he's one of the most slam dunk, surefire, HOFer in WWE at this moment especially if you look at those who aren't likely close to retirement.

I promise, the next edition will be someone that's less obvious.  I figured I'd get Mr. Cena out of the way though.