Monday, June 30, 2014

The Champ is Here... Again, And It's Fine

Cena is champ...again
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Wow, wrestling fans are upset one day removed from the Money in the Bank pay per view (can we still call them that?).  Unless you've been under a rock for the last 18 hours, you know that John Cena is the new WWE World Heavyweight champion.  It's a scenario I had predicted in my blog over the weekend.  The only difference was I had Seth Rollins cashing in immediately on the new champ.  

That's not what happened, and I'm not planning to boycott the WWE or cancel my subscription to the Network.  I'm surprised at the number of people I've seen post that on social media.  Instead, I'm going to be patient and see what happens from here.  My blogs in the past have been critical of the WWE and wanting the payoff to happen right away.  I've got to remind myself, and you all as well, that this is a never ending story with WWE.  

Look at the slow burn we got with Daniel Bryan and his quest for gold.  In a perfect world, he wouldn't have gotten hurt and needed surgery.  Bryan would have retained the WWE World Title against Kane at Money in the Bank and gone on to face his next contender in Brock Lesnar.  But the reality is, Bryan is hurt, and from what I've read it's still pretty bad.  He's going to need time to heal and that means it's time for Plan B.

Wyatt throwing himself & the ladder around
Photo courtesy: WWE
John Cena is that go to guy.  And through the years, I've come to accept that and quite honestly even like it.  Yeah, it's repetitive, but I don't blame him.  The WWE must continue to build up others to have a deeper pool when it comes to the main event picture.  I don't expect Cena's run this time around to be a long one, and I think that's one of the main reasons they decided against putting the belt on Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, or Cesaro.  All three men will have their dates with destiny, I have no doubt about that, but right now is just not the time.

Lesnar is waiting for Cena
Photo courtesy: WWE
The talk is that Lesnar will face the champ at SummerSlam. Given his incredible feat of beating the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX, that only makes sense.  One can assume that he'll become the champion again as well.  Some have speculated that he'll keep the gold through 'Mania, when a hungry and better developed Roman Reigns will win it all.  While I like the idea of Reigns taking the glory at Mania, I'm not sure I like the idea of a part time heavyweight champion for that long.  But that being said,  I also wonder sometimes if the champs of the past of been overexposed between Raw, SmackDown!, and pay per view events. (I sound like I'm running for office)

Rollins wins!
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There's also the Rollins factor to contend with here too.  I don't think he's ready for a run as champion yet, but I don't think he'll become a failed cash-in guy either.  He has a whole year to do it, but it seems with the tension between Cena and the Authority, it would make sense to do it sooner rather than later, but that then throws a monkey wrench into the Lesnar scenario.  

Orton gets injured
Photo courtesy: WWE
No matter what happens, I like the fact that things that were once predictable have become a bit harder to figure out.  For now, I'm fine with Cena as the champion, but I acknowledge the need to develop others, and perhaps use guys who have been there before as well. One other note, while I'm glad Randy Orton isn't the champion again, I give him props for the injury he sustained at the pay per view.

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