To start off with, I have no strong feelings towards Cena either way. I am not a huge fan of his, but I don't hate him as a lot of fans similar to me do. For me, the main issue that I have with John Cena is the fact that he has been in main event after main event, year after year. This isn't necessarily a bad thing in itself, but the way that it is done is a bad thing. Basically, Cena in my opinion, has been doing the same thing, more or less, for a decade now. His whole routine does not change. He is becoming stale. People are just bored with him. I believe that he needs to adapt, at least a little bit, in order to keep things fresh. There has been suggestions of a possible heel turn for him in the future. That could be a possibility, but I would say that he does not need to take it that far. He just needs to do something different, something interesting. He does not need to risk losing all the fans that he has, but he does need to do something. I fully understand that he is draw and the WWE would not want to lose him in that role. The situation with him at the moment, reminds me a lot of the situation that Hulk Hogan was in twenty years ago. He was the biggest star the business had ever seen, by far. He was universally beloved. He could do no wrong, no matter what his actions were. Then in 1993, 1994 and 1995, he began to hear boos. Contrary to what many believe, I don't think that fans were saying that he didn't deserve to be in the main event or that they didn't like his actions. I believe that people were simply bored with his act. He had been champion for about a decade. He had been, basically, doing the same thing the whole time. After a while, it just got stale. People got bored with seeing the same old thing week after week, month after month.
This situation reminds me a lot of WrestleMania VIII. Ric Flair had come over from WCW. He had been the face of the NWA for the entire decade of the eighties. He had won multiple world titles. He then joined the WWE and started a bit of a feud with Hulk Hogan over who was the real world champion. Flair went on to win the Royal Rumble and the world title. This, you would have thought, would have set up the match up that everyone wanted to see, the match that fans had waited a decade to see. Flair vs. Hogan at WrestleMania. Arguably, the two greatest superstars ever facing off at WrestleMania with the title on the line. It seemed like it was all set up perfectly. However, that is not what the WWE chose to give us. Instead it was Flair vs. Randy Savage and Hogan against Sid Justice. Yes, Flair and Savage had a great match and worked together in the ring many times afterwards, producing great matches, but that is not what people wanted to see. The Hogan vs. Sid match was something of a disaster. When Papa Shango is involved in your main event, you know there are problems. To me there is a clear parallel here. Lesnar is Hogan, Bryan is Flair, and Reigns is Sid. It is ok for Reigns or Sid to be in main events, but not at WrestleMania, not when there is a virtual dream match to be had. Maybe the WWE are overthinking things. Maybe they have their own reasons. Vince McMahon is still obsessed with muscle bound big men after all of these years. He does not seem to have learned anything from the past. It is unbelievable that a company would intentionally not create the best possible matches that they can. At the time of WrestleMania VIII, the WWE did not seem to realize what they had in Ric Flair and they seem to be making the same mistake again with Daniel Bryan. It is hard to believe that they can not see what is right in front of their noses. It seems that they make these decisions not based on talent or on who is over or who deserves it the most, but on their own reasons. That is another topic, that I will get into at another time.
For everyone's sake, I hope they learn their lesson soon, otherwise, we will all have to suffer as a result. They will be creating a main event that no one wants to see. It will hurt their ticket sales. It will alienate people and cost them financially, ultimately. It will also alienate the locker room. Daniel Bryan deserves to have this match, because it is what makes the most sense. Forget everything else, it would draw the most interest and the most money as well. Hopefully, they will not be stubborn and insist on doing things their own way, because we will all suffer as a result. They need to learn from the past, otherwise everything is in vain.