Whether you love him or hate him, there is absolutely no denying that WWE Superstar John Cena has been the face of the company for going on 10 years. Last night on Monday Night Raw, the WWE Superstar announced to the world that he will be out of action for at least the next 4 to 6 months while he recovers from a torn tricep. This now begs the question, ‘What will the WWE do without John Cena?’
The crowds remain torn in their reception of the WWE Superstar. Half of the crowd, mainly the women and children, cheer excitedly for Cena; however, the other half, consisting of a majority of the male population of WWE fans boo loudly.
Unfortunately for the haters, with the exception of the legendary Undertaker, Cena elicits one of the biggest crowd responses of any other WWE Superstar. Therefore, he has done his job.
While some may argue that Cena’s gimmick has gone on for way too long, I can see where the WWE is coming from. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Whether the haters like it or not, Cena sells tickets, t-shirts, and makes the WWE millions upon millions of dollars every single day.
Now, with Cena out of the picture for the foreseeable future, what will the WWE do in his absence?
Thankfully, there are a few hot storylines in the mix right now that should be able to carry them through Cena’s unfortunate absence.
The first of which is the heat between CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, being carefully orchestrated by manager Paul Heyman.
At WWE’s latest PPV extravaganza SummerSlam, which took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk in one of the most violent matches of the night. While Lesnar may have had the upper hand at the PPV, this has not deterred Punk one little bit. He has vowed to get his revenge on both Lesnar and Heyman.
Unfortunately for Punk, Heyman has quite a few Superstars at his disposal, so his road to revenge is bound to be a long and arduous one. However, as he has proven before, there is nothing that the ‘Best in the World’ can’t do when he sets his mind to it.
Then, we have the surprise twist at the end of SummerSlam.
After John Cena gave Daniel Bryan everything he could, in what would come to be the match of the night, Daniel Bryan realized his lifelong dream of being WWE Champion.
Just after Bryan finished thanking his parents and celebrating his well fought victory, the unthinkable happened.
Randy Orton’s music began to play, and Orton made his way to the ring with his shiny, red Money in the Bank briefcase.
Bryan invited the Viper to come down to the ring for a little one on one action. Unfortunately, the action wouldn’t turn out to be so one on one.
As Orton turned to walk away, Bryan turned around to continue his celebration, and much to his chagrin, ended up on the business end of a Pedigree from Triple H.
With that, Randy Orton made his way into the ring, handed Triple H his briefcase, and the rest is history; Randy Orton had stolen Daniel Bryan’s moment.
On Monday Night Raw, the McMahon family, i.e. Stephanie, Vince, and Triple H, went on to explain why Daniel Bryan didn’t deserve to be the new face of the company.
As one can imagine, this did not sit well with Daniel Bryan.
Right now, Daniel Bryan has one of the strongest crowd followings in the WWE. It will be interesting to see how Bryan’s road to redemption plays out over the course of the next few months.
It looks to me as if the WWE has enough quality storyline planned in the near future to allow Cena the opportunity to do something he hasn’t done in the last 2 years, take an actual break and recover from his injuries.